Danish Ham-Cyclist Thomas Andersen, OZ1AA, now is in North Africa and expects to be in Europe soon, on the last leg of his “Cycling the Globe“ bicycle journey. He anticipates being back home in Denmark within a few months.
“I’m currently in Morocco and ready to cross over to Spain,” he told ARRL on August 2. “From there I will cycle through Spain, France, and Germany back to Denmark. It will take 2 months.”
Andersen said that, while he had hoped to, he did not do much hamming while in Africa, but he did visit the ET3AA radio club in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa. “That was a great experience,” he said. “It was a great time there, meeting the students and making a few QSOs.”
Andersen typically can cover 60 miles in a day, but he’s done as many as 100 miles. He began his cycling adventure in Copenhagen 6 years ago. While he does carry a VHF/UHF FM handheld, Andersen said he really has not used it that much, but he told ARRL that he hopes to be active on the air “from somewhere on my way up through Europe.”
Andersen said he purchased a new mountain bike “with fat tires” for the trip through Africa. “It was a good choice, since there have been a lot of rough dirt roads here,” he told ARRL. “This bike is the third I’ve used on my trip around the world.”