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The Principality of Andorra is a small (468 sq km) country located in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. Andorra has been independent since 1278. In 1993, after passing a new constitution, Andorra joined the United Nations.
I live in the village of La Cortinada, in the beautiful Ordino Valley and on the main road to the Arcalis ski resort, where you will find me on sunny winter days.
At home in the valley, at an altitude of 1400 meters above sea level, propagation is seriously hampered by surrounding mountains. The horizon angle exceeds 45 degrees towards North America. But it's only a 15 minute drive to Col de Botella, a narrow ridge, 2200 meters asl with sharp dropoffs to the northwest and southeast. If you worked me on a band above 14 MHz, you almost certainly worked me from the car.
Until 2007, I used an Icom IC-706 running 100 watts to a mag-mount Pro-Am antenna. In CQWW SSB 1998, I worked 101 different countries in just over 5 hours from my 1993 Mitsubishi Galant.
Now I work from my Romahome camper and use a Spiderbeam Fiberglass Mast to support wire antennas. The rig is an Icom IC-7000 running 100 watts.
In April, 2007, shortly after I acquired the Romahome, I spent my first few nights at Col de Botella doing a short, but sweet, 160 meter DXpedition.
Includes C31LJ and special event callsigns: C34LJ, C35LJ, C36LJ, C38LJ and C39LJ.
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