Chile Ham Activity
I have had the great privilege of operating in Chile 2008-2010.
I have done two mini-DxExpeditions in Chile while lecturing at medical meetings. I have operated in Vina del Mar, Chile a beautiful seaside city of 350,000 people. I typically take along my Icom 7000 and a Force 12 multi-band vertical dipole - the Sigma 40xk. The vertical dipole is visible in the photo to the left in the center of the hotel. The picture of this hotel looks like a ship - and every room has an ocean front view. I took this photo of the sunsetting to the west toward Valparaiso, Chile.
I try to operate in the hour or two before sunset to take advantage of terminator line propagation into EU and then the USA. I do mainly CW from the hotel room (Room 28) which places me at the top of the hotel. The hotel sits out on the Pacific ocean, so the entire station is above saltwater.
I enjoy 599 reports from all of Europe and the USA when I am on the air. I can also work the West Coast, Asia and the Oceanic regions if I am willing to stay up late enough! Chile is 3 hours different than the central USA in their summer and one hour ahead in our summer.
I have also operated from Hotel Del Mar just about 1/4 mile north of this hotel. I did the CQ CW WW 2009 there as a single operator all band entry and placed first in Chile for that! The big gun stations all went high power or single band. I operated part time in the CW contest, primarily as part of a science fair experiment for my daughter Ashley who was studying whether predicted propagation would match the actual propagation experienced. It was a neat experiment and she won first place at the regional science fair in Minnesota.
Chile is an easy country to get a reciprocal license. I work through CE3PG in Santiago who is president of the national radio club. He has been very kind to me to facilitate the license annually. I do not qualify for my own Chilean call so you will hear me as CE2/KØMD or CE7/KØMD.
I have also worked from the South of Chile in Puerto Varas. This is in the Chilean patagonian region. Propagation is much tougher there than by the Ocean. I would like to try operating from the northern Atacama desert sometime. I am happy to QSL for all QSO's from Chile but my work schedule gets hectic often and I am sometimes slow to reply.