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Welcome back again ON4AWT/Fons!
Fons have visited SI9AM several time since 2011, but for his wife it’s the second time in Sweden.
This time ON4AWT/Fons and his XYL Ingrid had travelled all the way from Antwerpen to Utanede by car. They went with the ferry from Kiel on July 22 and came to Gothenburg on July 23. Then they travelled to Mora were they stayed for the night. On Thursday afternoon they made a stop in Njurunda by SM3LIV/Ulla and SM3FJF/Jörgen to get the keys to SI9AM. Of course they also got coffee and a cake. Late Thursday they arrived in Utanede and SI9AM. This day it was extremely warm in Njurunda (31 degrees C) and in the whole Sweden, but Fons have been here in the end of January and also knows what winter season is.
Fons and Ingrid stayed until August 13. During this three weeks they made day trips to Sundsvall, Bispgården, Sollefteå, Östersund and some other places. They also made a little trip to Trondheim in Norway. Fons didn´t show Ingrid Hemsö Fortress, but he telled her much about it. He was one of participant on the radio camp at SF3HF Hemsö Fortress on Hemsö Island in May 2013.
Besides travelling around, see interesting places and wonderful nature there was a lot of ham radio from SI9AM.
Email from ON4AWT/Fons to SM3LIV/Ulla, SM3FJF and SM3ESX
Hi Ulla, Jörgen and Christer,
Our holiday runs slowly on its end ...
Today we are slowly getting ready to return to Antwerpen and again take some nice memories with us.
We have really enjoyed our vacation and the hospitality of SI9AM and SK3BG here in Sweden.
Time goes fast when you are on holiday and we regret that we have to leave so soon. :-)))
I enjoyd seeing again some HAM`s from the fortress activation in 2013 at SK3BG but it seems there where a lot of them on vacation to...
Anyway I left something to enjoy in december at Jul ... skål ;-]
We want to, very specially, thank Jörgen and Ulla for the hearty welcome with coffee and cake at our arrival and even more Jörgen for the help in getting my Telia telephone card fixed in the Telia shop at Birsta shopping center.
We had, again, a fantastic stay at the SI9AM station and enjoyd the Swedish nature and landscape. No complains about the weather, but it should have been perfect for us at 20 degrees ... :-))
The photos and stories we take home for our friends and family but the memories we keep for ourselves...
We hope to se soon again och thanks for the hospitality.
Email from ON4AWT/Fons to SM3FJF/Jörgen
Arrived yesterday around 16:30 in Mora and got to our Hostell ... the weather was not so good but after 20:00 we got it dry ... Not to hot to sleep and nice accomodation here ... nice salon downstairs with TV, internet and even a sauna :-)
Lots of activity as there is a rally planned ... the Vasaloppet ... seems popular because I see lots of logistics getting build up. ICA seems to be one of the big sponsors ...
We are completele surrounded by tents and trucks, public toalett and more ... Think it is all going to happen this weekend ... Running, biking or skeeing with the longest distance beeing 90 km ...
Around 21:00 hours i tried to contact my friend Gert (ON4GAV/MM) on his sailing yacht in Oostende (Belgian port) but my signal was to weak...
Mobile I use a Yeasu FT-857 with an ATAS-120 antenna on the car...
He is in the port surrounded by other sailing yachts with their mast grounded so very difficult for signals to get out or get in ...
I tried some other stations and could work Greece, France and Switserland but all stations with some bigger antenna and lite more power ... 800 watts :-))
Today we went to the birthplace of the Dalarna horse ... Nusnäs ...
Could see how the horses where cut out of wood and the different steps until handpainted by some two beautifull Swedisch ladys ...
We bought some souvenirs and went to the shore on the lake to admire the wonderfull houses built near the lake.
Took a walk along the lake and enjoyed another wonderfull sunny day.
We also did some shopping at the lokal ICA for our picknicks tomorrow and around 17:00 h hours we returned to the hostell to prepare for the next 500 km tomorrow to Göteborg.
73" to you and Ulla
Ingrid & Alfons