Thanks for stopping by. This years activation was done on a smaller scale than in the past. For the first time in 3 years we had good weather for it!
The Elissa is a working ship. She is maintained a crew of mostly volunteers. While we were there this year the crew was lowering some spars from the upper part of the mast. This is done using manual capstans, ropes and pulleys. I neglected to take a photo of the ship mounted capstans. Here are series of photos from that work.
When a ship is at sea, they lower a ladder for the pilot to climb and board the ship. In dock it is more civilized. Here the pilot boat is delivering the pilot to the dock.
The following video shows some workboats and two of our operators.
Unfortunately, the video of this was too big to upload.
We enjoy putting the Elissa on the air for MSWE. We hope we had the opportunity to work you. We made 776 contacts during the weekend with two stations. Rick, KE5BZE was an "energizer bunny" on 20 meter phone! Robie AJ4F, was our CW operator and also worked phone and did I, AD5WB.
I feel fortunate that we were able to make as many contacts as we did with the band conditions as they were.
Until next year, thanks and 73.