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I spent one week in Bhutan with my good friend Pekka, OH1TV. We used the callsign A52O. We were staying at the Mandala Resort close to the city of Paro. The QTH was up on a hill facing to north and we believed it should give an excellent take off to North America. The Paro valley, down from our QTH, was, however, too narrow and the hill on the other side was far too high so that we hardly heard any signals from that direction. Take off to Europe was excellent and the majority of our 4000+ QSO's came from there. We were pleased to have many contacts to all continents, even though the North American propagation was a big dissapointment.

We were using 2 pcs of K3's but due to a technical problem with one of them, we were forced to use only one radio. We had a 2-el tribander for 14/21/28MHz and a 2-el duobander for 18/24MHz. Both antennas were working just fine. We also had dipoles for 10 and 7MHz and a 3-element yagi for 50MHz but due to the mentioned problem with one radio, we decided to stay on frequencies 14 to 28MHz. For the very same reason the CW-operation was rather limited.

The pile-ups were nice, the audience was behaving very well and we believe that we managed to give a new one or at least new bands to quite many of you.

QSL checking can be done using the link below and later on using LotW. QSL cards dirctly to the home address of OH2YY or via SRAL QSL bureau.




A52YY was activated on Nov. 6-10, 2013 on 7-24MHz SSB. On Oct. 6-7 I was in Thimphu, on Oct. 8-9 in Punakha and on Oct. 9-10 in Paro. During daytime I was busy, but in the evenings and early mornings (local time) I was on bands as much as I could.

The first two afternoons and evenings were very difficult since my hotel was in a deep valley surrounded by steep slopes 50-200 meters up and a bit further even 1000m+ up and blocking very much the European and North American directions.  The real problem was the S7-9 noise level on all bands.

Propagation to Europe, Middle East, Australia and Asia was quite OK, but both North and South America were tough. I only worked some tens of stations from East Coast but didn't even hear a single station during the "West Coast peak" around midnight.

QSO checking will be on this page using ClubLog search service. QSLs either directy to my home address: Pekka Ahlqvist, Vapaalanpolku 8B, 01650 Vantaa, Finland or via SRAL QSL bureau. QSO's are also upload to LotW.


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