Operating HF from Dungeness ☢

I just got back from a couple of days on the South coast. I spent a day at Birling Gap and walked up the chalk cliffs at Beachy Head, then on Monday, I spent the afternoon at Dungeness. My plan was to do some photography during the day and some HF operating at night.

After a day of strolling around this strange landscape, I finally got round to setting up the HF station. I used an 85AH Leisure Battery, Yaesu FT-897D at 100W and the antenna was an inverted V for 80m up on a 9m fibreglass pole. I was facing a fantastic sunset (and the two nuclear power stations) as can be seen below.

Parked up at Dungeness for some HF operating whilst watching the sun go down.

Parked up at Dungeness for some HF operating whilst watching the sun go down.

I used a few different bands, 40m, 60m and 80m. Conditions on 60m and 80m were great for local contacts and I got good signal reports.  It was an interesting spot to operate from. The sea was only 100m or so behind me and Dungeness is a large area of shingle which pokes out of the south coast into the English channel.

Sunset at Dungeness

Sunset at Dungeness

I operated until after sunset, and it was the night of the ‘supermoon’, which made the location more surreal! I got a few night shots and then headed home about 11pm. It was certainly an interesting place to visit and I will be sure to go back again! Thanks to all those I worked…

Dungeness Lighthouse (The new one)

Dungeness Lighthouse. This one was built in 1961 because Dungeness A Nuclear Power Station obscured the old lighthouse of 1904 which is behind me here.

Here is a short video of the HF operating:

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