Monday, 16 March 2015

Eritrea and visiting Eemshaven

I had 10 minutes to try and work E30FB from Eritrea this morning. I found them working a reasonable pile-up on 12m SSB with signals between S1 and S7. So there was a chance! And yes after a couple of calls I was in the log for the second ATNO of this year. It seems hamradio is sport in countries like Japan and China. I wish the would see it like that here!

The weather was great here today and we had to do some chores around the house. We visited the Eemshaven (harbour ~ 3km from here) in the afternoon to view a large cruiseship we could see above the dykes at the horizon from our backyard. The industry at the Eemshaven is growing quite fast and everytime we visit we see new things.


 We made photos from both sides. I'm sorry for the quality as it is made with the camera of my phone. The ship doesn't look big on the photo but it is. The windmill on the foreground has a height of 100m.



There was a wolf spotted near the location of this photo last week. The first "wild" wolf in 150 years that was visiting our country. Although the animal was not really afraid of people.

The photo shows part of a train cargo of more military vehicles. They are being shipped to or from Mali in Africa were the dutch military is fighting against "Boko Haram".


On our way to the other side of the harbour I made some photos I never made before from this large mast. I guess it is about 60m heigh and I don't know if it is used. It looks like a beacon mast. I have been doing some searching on the internet but cannot find anything about it. This is about 4km from our house.

On the other side of the harbour is a great view on the new powerplants. You can see the smoke of this powerplant from about 25km far away. They say there is no harm for the environment, or very little due to good filtering. But still they use coal the make electricity. They don't fool me!





6 comments:

  1. Congratulations to you too, Bas. Maybe we have to start working together on working new countries. We seem to have the same luck on the same days!

    73 de Larry W2LJ

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    1. I hope your call will appear in the log. I understood you cannot find it yet. 73, Bas

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  2. Proficiat Bas, met het station uit Eritrea. Ik heb ook nog een poging ondernomen vanmorgen maar helaas waren ze voor mij te zwak. Wachten op betere condities. Hopelijk morgenvroeg.
    De Eemshaven heb ik in 2012 nog bezocht en ik denk dat ik die nu niet meer terug ken. Zoveel bijgebouwd en uitgebreid. 73 Hans, PE1BVQ

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    1. Hallo Hans, je moet ook een beetje geluk hebben met zulke expedities. Eritrea is voor velen een nieuwe en dus zijn er drukke pile-ups. Maar 12m valt meestal nog mee. De eemshaven groeit erg hard. Wil ook nog foto's maken van het nieuwe google data centre. Dat word echt gigantisch maar is weer aan een heel andere kant en niet echt in het haven gebied. Jammer is wel dat hiervoor een oude boerderij gesloopt word. Maar ja, de vooruitgang stop je niet. 73, Bas

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  3. Cool! 12m delivered Congo, Eritrea and Kenya in the last 24 hours. There's certainly plenty of scope for more African DXpeditions of any sort; I think I only have about half of the possible countries, very few of whom have had native operators, unfortunately.

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    1. Absolutely true, no native operators. Most people that live there are too busy to have a life. And the native people that could afford this hobby are too busy to get even more money. It's a strange world. The DXpedition in Eritrea is a kind of radiosport. Just what you make of it. 73, Bas

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Thanks for your comment. Bedankt voor je reactie. 73, Bas