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John Barlett is a Canadian expat living in Columbia, and he enthuses at length about the country in his website at



It makes for interesting reading, and I'm quite keen to take a look at Columbia after the introduction. And John'ss treatise on the future of Ham Radio is also well worth reading and absorbing.

Modern cities with skyscrapers and nightclubs; gorgeous Caribbean beaches; jungle walks and Amazon safaris; colonial cities, archaeological ruins, high-mountain trekking, whale watching, coffee plantations, scuba diving, surfing…the list goes on.

There is a dreamlike quality to Colombia

Here at the equator, with the sun forever overhead, the fertile earth beneath your feet, heart-stopping vistas in every direction and the warmth of the locals - you may find it difficult to leave.

Colombian culture, like the country’s weather, varies by altitude

The essence of Colombia resides in the mountains in the alpine cities of Bogotá, Medellín and Cali, and the smaller cities of the Zona Cafetera. This is the industrial heartland of the country.

Geographical isolation has kept the local accent relatively unaffected by outside influence; Spanish here is precise and easy to understand. On the other hand, in the heat of the Caribbean coast, life is slower, and the culture more laid-back. The accent here is the unhurried drawl of the Caribbean basin.

For most visitors, Colombia soon becomes their favorite country in South America.

A bit of struggle, but OK in the end...

Nicely done, and another trophy in the cabinet.


Decent signal -5/9

The prop forecast alongside was about right; and the band was tightly packed at the time.


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