the beginning

I was first certified in Elementary Class (P). I had had interest towards ham radio for a long while, but not before the year 2008 I managed to take the examination. The Finnish communications authority Viestintävirasto gave me OH6FME as my first callsign.

Later I’ve wondered how the FME suffix predicted my operating style to come. Still these days I feel most excited at the times when ham activities take place outdoors. FME is an RF connector type and an acronym which stands for “For Mobile Equipment”.

dark(ish) middle ages

I like outdoor activities generally and since my friend Jaakko OH6FQI introduced me to the Summits On The Air (SOTA) -programme we’ve been activating peaks around Finland together and by ourselves.

Otherwise I had been mostly working from the OH6AD club station which has more than decent equipment but regrettably little usage. Okay, I had done also occassional small portable and QRP operations as well.

times of vanity

Here in Finland the only difference between the two remaining licence classes (P, basic and Y, general) is in the maximum allowed power output for transmitting. Thus my previous P-class licence had been more than enough for me with /P and QRP operation and actually with no fixed station at all.

Anyhow, In 2011 or so I got ambitious and decided it was time to promote my licence class. In 2012 I passed the test for the higher Y class and along with it got the vanity callsign OH6VA.

forest and tundra

A notable operation was when I with a few chaps went to a hike in Northeastern Lapland wilderness in 2013. Besides with wandering around, our co-objective was to activate three SOTA peaks. Within the wilderness we tried to activate the fells Lupukkapää and Kaarnepää with the call OI8AY, but did not succeed in getting the four required QSO’s. Interestingly on the other hand, the highest peak of the whole area, Sokosti, was successfully activated with a roaring pileup using the OH6VA callsign.

Another trip was made next year, 2014, when the same group wandered a little different path and little further in the same wilderness. I wrote a quick-ish report about the expedition to SOTA Reflector.

nowadays

I still don’t have a fixed station due to my place of residence. In fact I’ve been so busy with work and studies that I wouldn’t probably have had time to work much. It’s a bit sad because operating and especially CW working practice fade from memory and it always takes some time and effort to reclaim forgotten skills.

At least I try to keep up my skills a bit by casually working from our club station OH6AD. And maybe do some lesser peditions.

73 (and cheers),
Antti