Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 07:39:40 -0500
From: Matt Strelow
Subject: [CQ-Contest] PI4COM
PI4COM is located 20 miles south of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
It is a real nice contest location along the river Rhein and
just few miles from the ocean.
On Saturday of the CQWW-CW contest. PA3EWP wanted to participate
on ten meters with his own call part time and he did some
operating during the day. After he left between 16:00 and
21:30 utc. The shacks got broken into and all valuable stuff
got stolen by unknown suspects. After that they set fire to
the operating and sleep/storage shacks of PI4COM. It burned
to the ground as you can see in the pictures. Since the set
up was a remote site close to the water in the Netherlands
insurance was as good as impossible for them or would have
been very expensive. Some team members found out about the
fire on the 22:30 local news when during the interview with
the fire chief, they spotted the antennas in the background.
What a way to see your QTH go down.
The members of PI4COM (PA3EWP, PA7FM, PA5ET, PA3DZN, PA3BWD,
PB0AIU, PA1ZX, PA3FQA, PA5AT) Worked hard for the last 14
years to get the place to a world class contest station and
lost everything but the antennas.
I'm sure that all of you have them in the log. The guys were
smart enough to remove transceivers and amps from the remote
location. But still they lost the housing (mobile trailers)
and all the accessories like, rotor controllers, coax band
pass filters, computers and monitors, cabling etc. We all
know how much stuff you need in a big operation like this.
Plans to put it all back up are in the works. The PI4CC team
offered their help with cash and man power as well. Lets help
them to rebuild it by donating some money. It doesn't have
to be much. Please do what ever you can afford to show them
that the contest community worldwide cares about their team.
I talked to a few guys on the phone and they wanted to help
out. We opened an account on "paypal.com" and also a bank
account. We'll collect for them until X-mas and we will then
send it to the Netherlands. Unlike many other things like
this, every dime will go back into your log too, when you
work the new PI4COM. Please give your donation on paypal.com
and use firstname.lastname@example.org as the e-mail to receive money. If you
prefer to send a check you can do so to PI4COM Fund and send
it to my address:
814 Hurricane Hill Road
Mason, NH 03048
Please be sure to include your call sign. Thank you! 73- The
KC1XX contest team
To: "Matt Strelow" Subject: Re: PI4COM Date: Wed, 28 Nov
2001 16:01:21 +0100 Matt - we defintely are going to rebuild
! At this moment we are planning new housings for the shacks
as antenna' s are still alive, however all previous shacks
are lost... It happened that due to vandalism, some people
thought they would enjoy a large fire... Local television
informed about the "accident" in their news - as you know
it is a remote location and we don't have camera's , hi...
So when watching the news at 22:30h local time, we could not
believe that it was PI4COM being on TV, and interview with
firemen...but it was not a joke... We are not sure, whether
we can manage until ARRL - it is a menpower issue and also
financial problem for the group... Please see photos:
But we will be back, don't worry - our friends (or competitors,
HI) from PI4CC offered big help of menpower also.... this
is hamspirit !
Ulli, PA5AT low band op at PI4COM
Note from RU6LA: