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pj4dx@ G8CYK - 2017-05-24T22-31-37Z_14241.0kHz
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2017-10-01T21-00-26Z_14143.0kHz3

Bonaire

Ex-pat Brit Steve Telenius-Lowe and his writer wife, Eva, are living the early retired life on the outrageously delightful island of Bonaire in the Dutch West Indies.

"Would you like to operate from Bonaire? This station — consisting of a Yaesu FT-2000, Acom 1500 linear amplifier, Spiderbeam 14-element wire beam for 10-12-15-17-20m, quarter-wave verticals for 40m, 60m and 80m (click on photo above for more detail), plus a 21m (70ft) high quarter-wave inverted-L for 160m — is available for rent."

Yes please. So how come the sneaky Dutch get to keep a jewel like this, and we end up with the IoW and the penguin outposts with permafrost?

Steve is the author of various books on radio, including HF SSB DX Basics, and the most basic rule seems to be its better to call CQ and be found - than wait at the back of a queue of cluster chasers, all running Death Star sized TXs

Geography lesson

 

Bonaire, an island municipality of the Netherlands, lies off Venezuela’s coast in the southern Caribbean. Its reef-lined coast is protected by Bonaire National Marine Park. Beyond its rich marine life, the island shelters lizards, donkeys and birds within its immense Washington Slagbaai National Park, marked by beaches, lagoons, caverns and desert-like hills.
  • Currency:
    • United States Dollar
  • Capital:
    • Kralendijk
  • Population:
    • 16,541 (2012)

 

 

Got lucky!

CQ on a really fertile 20m, and...

I had previously spent hours trying to get through a pile-up. And then a bonus contact in October...

I called CQ, and there was Steve.....


Big surprise opening October 2017: 2017-10-01T21-00-26Z_14143kHz


 

Big signal

 

 

 

 

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