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Sorry but the photo is not of me.it is of my niece Lucerito in Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was built by the Incan civilization around 1450 AD. and was never discovered by the Spanish invaders. It was recently named one of the new seven wonders of the world and is Peru's number one tourist attraction.
Peru is an excellent choice for anyone wanting an inexpensive vacation. The country offers an abundance of archeological sites including well preserved pre-Incan. We also have the mysterious Nazca lines. While visiting and transiting you will be exposed to the cultures that have changed very little with time. Peru has a large indigenous population that still speak the ancient language Quechua. If you are interested in nature, you will not be disappointed with the jungles of Peru with diverse flora and fauna. We are the headwaters of the Amazon and many of the rivers are navigable. We also share Lake Titicaca with Bolivia and have floating islands.
I am semi-retired and spend about 70% of my time in Peru.I operate from 2 locations: Lima FH17lv and Canete FH16tw. Canete is myprimary radio location 3km from the coast and 140 km south of Lima. Both are in CQ ZONE 10 and ITU ZONE 12
The Andes mountain range is close to the QTH and within 30km I have 2500m peaks and at 60km theyreach up to 4500m.Myradio horizonfrom the North to the Southeast averages 3.5 degrees and at the worst case is 4.5 degrees. From the south to NNW I am clear down down to thehorizon
On 160 meters I usea 45 ft T loaded verticaland run 1 kW.My site is in the middle of farms and is very quiet, but I have lots of propagated noise from storms over the nearby Andes and the Amazon Jungle.
6 meters is my favorite band. There I use a homebrew 8 el optimized yagi and up to 1kW from a converted TL-922a. I have made over 30 EME contacts with this system but am anxiously awaiting F2. Even though we are at sunspot minimum we have been enjoying some long haul E's to the USA, EU, and VK/ZL.In the evenings we have been participating somewhat from TEP but not really TEP because we are directly on the magnetic equator. We are still exploring and learning about the various propagation modes and paths from this part of the world.
I am hosting the OA4B 6 meter beacon in Lima.(50.036 15W) The beacon is using a loop antenna at 300ft overlooking the ocean but is semi blocked to the North and East.The beacon is on 24 hrs per day. Please spot the beacon when you hear it.
The photo below is of the Canete QTH showing the 18m tower with a 3 el SteppIR yagi. At the 20m level is the 8el 6m yagi on a 41 ft boom. The bamboo pole to the right of the main tower is a 7el 2m vertical yagi for working Lima repeaters.
On 2 meter EME, I am using an IC7000 into an 8877 at 1kW. Perhaps I have built the most inexpensive EME yagi in the world? A single 20 el BVO 6wl on a bamboo boom (locally grown). Presently I manually elevate up to 55 degrees. (Over 250 QSO's were made with this system, recently I removed the truss and hung a large flag for independence day and that did the ant inwill rebuild soon)
I am a member of the Radio Club Peruano (RCP) and if you are ever in Peru we always welcome visitors. The club has a repeater on 147.00 -600 with no PL. The club normally has informal get togethers every Wednesday evening. See the club site for details (www.OA4O.org)
Thanks for the QSO and for taking the time to read the BIO.
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