a full-fledged contest station, meet OH2U!
About 55 km west of Helsinki, in the southern part
of Finland - right in the middle of the auroral zone
- is the location of this superb ham radio station.
The landmark of the station is a 61 m (200 ft) high
rotatable tower, equipped with stacked 3 over 3 element
yagis for the 40 meter band plus some other stacks.
But that's just the crown jewel.On a closer look, you'll
find lots of additional towers and aluminum there, too.
That's OH2U - Ready to crack the skies!
OH2U in brief
OH2U - a.k.a. OH2HE - is the creation of the station
master and our host Pekka Mikkilä. The story began
a good ten years ago when Pekka, apparently suffering
from yet another lapse of ham-madness, decided to erect
a tower of an unforeseen magnitude and to equip it with
such an amount of hardware that it would simply sweep
competitors from their feet. And so it did! And even
though today we know one tower won't suffice, thanks
to Pekka, a group of eager, dedicated contest-operators
got a head start into building a top-notch station.
Today, the station is beyond the wildest dreams of
any one of us ten years ago, yet we're still constructing.
Most importantly, however, what once was just a handful
of enthusiasts, has grown into a group which might well
be called a team organisation. For 'Team Paksalo', the
key to happiness is contesting. That's what turns us
OH2U is mostly active in major contests only, participating
in multi operator categories. The focus of the team's
activities is always on the fall season, particularly
on the months of October and November, when contesters
around the world clash with each other in the most prominent
contests of all, the CQ World Wide DX Contests. But
OH2U is always there in the Scandinavian Activity Contest
and almost always in the WPX and the CQ 160 m contests,
So, take a moment and have a look at what we have done
to enjoy contesting from the not-always-so-rewarding
Northern latitudes of Scandinavia.
And HEY! - don't forget to call us when the heat is
on! Meet the OH to you - OH2U!