Pulau Tioman lies off the eastern coast of Malaysia and is a popular tourist destination. The island is well known for its sandy beaches, clear sea and scuba diving. The photo shows the beach just a few metres from my chalet. Pulau Tioman is what IOTA is about to me!
I stayed at the Berjaya Tioman Resort which is on the western side of the island. The resort has an excellent take off to Europe, a good take off to the Eastern US but is very poor to JA and the Western US. The poor take off to the North east (W6 and JA) was due to a large hill just behind the resort.
The photo shows the beach side chalet that I stayed in. The chalets consist of 4 rooms (only two beach side) and I sadly was in the upper room which made antenna location more difficult. The photo (just about) shows my Force 12 Sigma 5 Vertical which had to be located out of the way due to the number of people around. I have identified a better chalet which I will operate from next time. Also just visible in the photo (upper right) is the large hill which made JA and W6 contacts so difficult.
Band conditions were not great again and only 508 QSOs made. Decent rates were once again only achieved after being spotted on the cluster otherwise I ended up calling CQ for ages with no reply. The take off to Europe was excellent and this explains why 85.6% of all QSOs were with Europe.
The photo shows the pool at the Bejaya Tioman Resort where I stayed.
9M2/G4ZFE/P was QRV from 07:30 02/03/2003 until 01:30 04/03/2003 (16 hours operating).
A total of 508 QSOs were made all on CW:
20m - 145 QSOs and 28 DXCC countries
17m - 225 QSOs and 30 DXCC countries
15m - 95 QSOs and 27 DXCC countries
12m - 44 QSOs and 17 DXCC countries
10m - 99 QSOs and 24 DXCC countries
A total of 47 different DXCC countries were worked.
Breakdown of QSOs:
Europe - 85.6 %
Asia - 9.1 % QSOs
NA - 4.9 %
The QSL manager is Richard Everitt 9M2/G4ZFE (e-mail: g4zfe @ g4zfe.com)
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