Pictures from KH8 (second trip)

I made another trip to American Sa’moa (KH8 for the radio amateurs in the audience) to deploy instrumentation.  It was a tight timeframe but the instruments seem to work and I managed to make a few ham radio contacts as well.

Flock of Pelicans in Honolulu.  Big overweight baggage bill. Waiting to board 767-300ER from HNL to PPG. Ubiquitous lizard Seascape on the road to Tula. Bell fashioned from a discarded gas cylinder, a common sight. Loading coil for the GU Special fashioned from wire I found on the side of the road (not joking).  This made the radio happy on 40 meters. Believe it or not, there's a C-130 in this photograph. Car says it was 90 F (32 C) outside. Traditional Samoan home or "fale." Requisite selfie from "today's office." Building infrastructure to support the experiment. Blockhouse for instrumentation (and radio shack) now with WiFi and GNSS antennas. We live in the future:  Raspberry Pi computer plugged into hotel TV. Crepuscular rays from Cape Matatula. Ham setup.  I spent a lot of time sitting on Pelican cases. Freezed-dried food is remarkably tasty...or I was hungry. Hammer (drill) time! Critter of the dark:  Coconut crab the size of a basketball.  Crabs this big are rare and prized for their tasty meat. Critter junior: coconut crab the size of a softball. Some of the research antennas. Research receiver instrument. Cable runs dressed. Beautiful. Yes, that is a jacked-up Corolla.
Ethan Miller, K8GU, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Maryland, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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