Every time I am in Prague or the North of the country in the area near Snezka mountain, I work as OK/EI6DX. The set up in Czech Republic is very modest – a set of short dipoles for WARC and low bands.
Operations from the Czech Republic are holiday style only. Activity is primarily on 80 and 40 meters CW during evening and night time.
Last year I worked from the Krkonose National part which is the largest National Park in Europe and counts towards the World Flora and Fauna programme. The following is a short OK/EI6DX write up.
Krkonose National Park
Every winter just before Christmas our family goes skiing and since 2009 we go to the mountains of the Krkonose National Park in the Czech Republic.
Krkonose National Park extends on an area of the highest mountains of the Czech Republic and includes also a part of their foothills. The southern outskirts of that area and also the famous tourist centres belong to the protected zone of the national park.
National park – 36.300 ha, protected zone – 18.600 ha. It is the largest national park in Europe.
Count Harrach was the first, who tried to protect the Krkonose nature. He made the hillside with a rich high mountain flora the heart of the future national park. The national park was proclaimed in 1963 and its present form is stated in the government regulation from 1990. It has been stated in the UNESCO Biosphere Reservation list since 1992.
Krkonose National Park extends on a mountain, partly high mountain area, which was formed by a powerful rice of floe in several stages of Pleistocene glaciations. Due to the fact that forests are affected by strong emissions, the Krkonose National Park is registered at the international list of most endangered national parks in the world. The rare species of fauna and flora are protected in the national park.
This year in the Czech Republic they registered record temperatures of as low as -26C in the Liberec region. It had also been snowing for a week. Driving on the highways and in the mountains was quite hazardous. Despite the announced operation from 18 until 26 of December I could only start operating from December 21. There was quite a bit of interest in this activation. Stations kept calling and there were quite a few pileups on WFF frequencies. WFF operators were very polite and supportive – it was nice to hear 44s. Apologies to those of you who were looking for an SSB contact. Unfortunately, the antenna did not tune above 7030 and 3650. I made many calls in SSB but my signal was just too weak. 95% of QSOs were in CW.
VY 73 and 44 de Stan