A productive week

We had holiday on Thursday and Friday was also a day off work. So I took out 3 vacation days so I could spend over a week down at the station. I went to Skellefteå where they had a little ham fest and met up with SM2UVU and SM2XJP. We went to SJ2W afterwards and spent the afternoon out in the nice weather having a nice time. The weather during the week varied quite a bit, sometimes very nice and sunny while other occasions we had heavy rain and lightning storms. I managed to get quite a lot done though, both on some radio projects but mainly on the house. SM2LIY spent most of the week there with me and worked a lot of ES on 6m and also helped to measure the guy wires from the Moskojärvi tower.

We also had a visit from Tore, SM0DZB and Johan, SA5BJM on Sunday. They had been to Bastuträsk and bought a tower + antennas and some cables and were on their way home. So SM2XJP fed them and I gave Johan som aluminium left from the Moskojärvi takedown since he will be building a lot of antennas in the near future for his tower project (the K-600 tower we took down for him).

SE2T showed up on Friday and mixed concrete with me so we finally got the operators room in the basement done and I also managed to get a new door + insulation etc on the house so now that project is getting close to being completed. SA2BRJ also showed up on Friday and had some flat monitors with him and had also cut out SJ2W in styrofoam to be put up on the wall in the shack, very nice indeed! I also constructed some concrete forms to make our own guy wire anchors for the inband tower and one of the guy wire sets for the new 60m Moskojärvi tower. I believe I will buy the guy wire anchors for the outer set of wires (top two levels) just so I sleep better at night knowing those are manufactured by the book, even though I believe the ones I make myself should be adequate.

On Sunday some friends of SM2XJP showed up. He’s been talking to them on the radio for years and they decided to make a visit to Sweden. These two English gentlemen were Neil, M0SHF and Allan, M3AFF. They spent the Sunday with us and we did eat good food (cudos to SM2LIY BBQ skills) and had fun and they even managed to work some QSOs as well.

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