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d44two@ G8CYK - 2017-05-10T15-51-41Z_14197.0kHz

Cape Verde Islands

Harald Becker (aka DF2WO) was active from Praia, Santiago Island, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), 8 May - 3 June 2017 as D44TWO. He was using Kenwood TS450s transceiver.

I never cease to be impressed by the number of small islands that lie dotted around the oceans  where radio amateurs show up and attract pileups.

 

Capre Verde Islands

Here's a delightful echo of the Portuguese Empire (1593–1975): Cape Verde, or Cabo Verde, is a nation on a volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. It’s known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, traditional morna music and numerous beaches. Its largest island, Santiago, is home to the current capital, Praia. Santiago is also home to the old capital, Cidade Velha, with clifftop fortress Forte Real de São Felipe. #

Since the early 1990s, Cape Verde has been a stable representative democracy, and remains one of the most developed and democratic countries in Africa. Lacking natural resources, its developing economy is mostly service-oriented, with a growing focus on tourism and foreign investment. Its population of around 512,000 is mostly of mixed European and sub-Saharan African heritage, and predominantly Roman Catholic, reflecting the legacy of Portuguese rule. A sizeable diaspora community exists across the world, slightly outnumbering inhabitants on the islands.

Staying on Cap Verde is modestly priced at around £50 a night, the flight is around £600 return. So this is not  expensive for an exotic trip... . Lonely Planet sells it well:

Jutting up from the Atlantic, some 500km west of Senegal, this stunning island chain has a captivating blend of mountains, beaches and peaceful seaside villages. On Santo Antão, craggy peaks hide piercing green valleys of flowers and sugar cane, ideal for epic hikes. São Vicente is home to the cultural capital of the islands, Mindelo, which throbs with bars and music clubs. On Sal and Maio, undulating windswept dunes merge with indigo-blue seas on unspoilt beaches of powdery white sand. Meanwhile, far-flung Fogo and Brava in the southwest offer their own enchantments, from surreal volcanic landscapes, to sparkling bays framed by towering peaks. Throw in the constant beat of music that Cabo Verde is famed for and the renowned morabeza (Creole for hospitality) of its people and you’ll see why many have come – and never left.

 

Straight in

Straight in there... after an afternoon getting trampled ...

I was dozing again, having failed to get anywhere for hours, and only recorded after we exchanged!


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Enough signal for a 5/8 17m contact.

The prop forecast is on the money again

 

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