The breakfast was quiet and melancholic, as we all were sorry for Jari to leave. Yvonne and Mats brought our today´s visitor Orvokki and a group of radio amateurs. We all had got ourselves together to fairwell Jari, but luckily Orvokki and the amateurs got us back to action. Krista took Orvokki for the round around the island as others tried to help the amateurs to settle down. The amateurs amazed us by their fast moves; the antennas and Seppo's operating tent rose up in a moment.
Orvokki in the outer rim of the lantern
We had barely carried all the luggage inside and started to make rooms for the newcomers, as Targa 27 appeared close by and settled to the buoy. Ari went to see the sailors and brought them in with the dinghy. Bob, Roger, Olof and Markus were tough so exited and enthusiasted about the operating itself, that they disappeared to be on the air right away. In between washing the lunch potatoes and making the beds, we all gathered to set Jari and Orvokki on board, and we almost hoped the rising wind would force them to come back.
Roger and Olof
The sailors on the other boat drank some coffee in the kitchen while the herring lunch was prepared. The sea started to show its might as wind rose fast and soon we had the promised 12 m/s from south. It was a sunny day though, and the amateurs had bright sunshine as they were working to keep their antennas on the ground. Ari took the sailors back to their boat, as they still wanted to continue their way. The generators were switched on to keep the radio waves flowing.
On the air
Later in the afternoon the cook got her hands on the 2,5 kg of Brazilian beef and huge brie cheese that the amateurs brought. We all enjoyed the delicius dinner, amateurs in the kitchen and the lighthouse crew in the shop.
Now the weather is getting dark as rainfall has started and candles are needed in every room. Every now and then we are checking if Seppo's tent is still on the island, or has he sailed away. Occasional radio signals echoing in the stairs tell that the Märket call sign is active again. The amateurs are preparing for 24 hours competition starting tomorrow. Early morning awake is waiting as we have to pack our stuff and give space for newcomers.
Märket 17, south 12.