In December 2016 the 4O3A contest station suffered significant damage due to strong storms. All antennas had to be removed from the towers. Repairs of the antenna systems were scheduled for August 2017.
Unfortunately in July 2017 the whole of Lustica peninsula (where the 4O3A station is located) got caught in a series of fires. As far as we know fires started due to extremely hot weather.
The station was in grave danger from wildfire in two separate occasions. Thanks to the exceptional effort by the emergency services and volunteers the station was saved.
Unfortunately all antenna installations and control boxes outside the shack were destroyed. Damage is estimated to at least 20000€. It will take a lot of time to return the station to a fully operational state. They way things are now it won’t happen before summer 2018.
On the picture you can see the first fire that came from the south side of the building. It came as close as 10m of the porch. The second fire came from the north and the station was saved thanks to airplane intervention.
A big thank you to everyone who offered to help during the catastrophe.
See you in contest.