Boating & Biking Adventures

Las Palmas to Santa Cruz – Logblog 1

We are approaching the TSS between Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Not much traffic though and in about 4 hours we should reach our destination for the day. The weather is beautiful, some wind for motorsail but no jet effect so far. These jet effects, also called acceleration zones, are famous for 30kn winds out of nothing. You can first see them coming on the water surface before they hit you shortly after. At least these are sailor´s fairytailes spreading around but I cannot judge from own experience. For sure they exists. We have got changing conditions between 3 to 15kn wind, mainly from SE direction but it shall change after lunch to a more nothern direction. The ocean is taking some long breath today. 2.5m wave height at a period of more than 15 seconds. This long atlantic swell is fantastic. Sometimes you feel like sitting on a rooftop bar watching down into big dales.

A lot of HAM activities during the passage. Obviously I did another test on the equipment and the result was very positive. I believe the additional counterpoise put in place together with Lothar/EA8DES has a positive impact on the overall installation. I could talk to Uwe/DF5AM, fellow sailor Ralf/DM3RH/mm from SY malwieder, Uwe/DD1HUR/mm on his boat in Torreveija, etc.

Together with Lothar I am also exploring the HF Chat Funktion, which can be very usefull providing reliable connnections under difficult atmospheric conditions. It is basically a SMS Chat for HAM boys and girls but works via HF worldwide not depending on any telco sim card or wifi network.

Time for another cup of tea now.

Fair winds…


LPA – logistical stop !


Las Palmas to Santa Cruz – Logblog 2


  1. Lothar

    Hi Bernd
    Ja habe gerade Deinen Blog gelesen. Dann hat sich das mit der Alufolie wohl gelohnt.
    Warten wir mal Deine nächsten QSOs ab. Ich bin gespannt.
    73 de Lothar EA8DES/DL7AID

    • Ahoi Lothar,
      vielen Dank für Deinen Kommentar und die super Unterstützung. Wir bleiben dran und werden das weiter optimieren. Die QSOs über die letzten Tage ware ja wieder etwas einseitig, senden klappt ganz gut – ich werde gehört – aber mit dem Empfangen hapert es noch etwas, was sicherlich wieder an der Hafenumgebung liegt. Nichtsdestotrotz werde ich die Tage mal den Spiderbeam aufbauen, damit wir herausfinden können, ob das noch etwas bringt.
      Vy 73, Bernd – DL9BS/mm

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