----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Rogozinski" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2009 2:55 PM
> I'm planning to have the tower and antennas moved from Bogota to the farm
> this month so will
> hopefully be on the air as HK1AR/7 by March 1. The farm where we
> currently live isn't in the
> best location but my shot to the USA is fine and Europe as well. Have a
> mountain close by
> in the direction of South America but last August I was able to work South
> Americans easily
> with the low dipole so I guess they're coming in at a high angle.
> I'm still paying on the new location so can't do anything there until it's
> paid for and the VA house
> is sold. I do plan to use the existing house that's on site for a
> temporary Ham Radio location.
> The distance between the two locations is only about 3 miles so an easy
> The grand opening of Sandra's new dental office is going very well. We
> have flyers being
> distributed as well as radio commercials and already two on the air
> interviews. There is a
> great demand for quality dental care here due to the distance people have
> to travel otherwise.
> I have wireless internet at the farm but the speed is very slow due to low
> signal strength from
> the Comcel tower because the house is in a bit of a valley alongside the
> river. My ham
> radio tower will be on the hill above about 40' higher in elevation.
> Bought a 40DB gain yagi
> yesterday which will arrive from Bogota next week so hopefully that will
> solve the problem.
> The speed with good signal strength is pretty impressive - it varies but
> can get up to 1.8KBPS.
> The neat thing is that I can take the small modem with me anywhere in the
> country and connect
> from the cell phone towers of Comcel which is the largest cell phone
> provider in Colombia. Even
> when driving down the road because their coverage is virtually everywhere.
> Amazing since this
> country is so mountainous. Cost is only $38/monthly with unlimited
> The value of the dollar has gone up nearly 55% since last August which
> makes everything
> much cheaper to say the least. My monthly rent for the apartment and the
> farm has decreased
> by $300 monthly to only $580. It's interesting living in another country
> when your income
> is in dollars. The game is to try to guess when the exchange rate will be
> the most favorable.
> 73 and see everyone on the air soon - all bands.
> Tony Rogozinski
> W4OI - HK1AR/7
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