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fk4qx@ G8CYK - 2017-11-17T08_18_17Z_14223.0kHz LP

New Caledonia

New Caledonia is yet another of the fabulous retained possessions of France, run as a little bit of the mother country in an idyllic tropical setting - but with more of an ethnic "melting pot" population than most others. .

Phillipe kindly agreed to my sched via email, and next morning, we got it done with super efficiency. This scratchy pic is all I could find online, but the man is a hero.

I have heard Phillipe on many times but always under a vast pileup of very loud European DX chasers, where a modest 100W would stand little chance .

down and up...

New Caledonia (French: Nouvelle-Calédonie) is a special "collectivity" of France in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,210 km (750 mi) east of Australia and 20,000 km (12,000 mi) from Metropolitan France. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets. The Chesterfield Islands are in the Coral Sea. Locals refer to Grande Terre as Le Caillou ("the pebble").

Its population of 268,767 (Aug. 2014 census) consists of a mix of Kanak people (the original inhabitants of New Caledonia), people of European descent (Caldoches and Metropolitan French), Polynesian people (mostly Wallisians), and Southeast Asian people, as well as a few people of Pied-Noir and North African descent. The capital of the territory is Nouméa.

As a French possession, it will feel very  like a piece of France planted in the Indian Ocean, where French culture binds the local mix.

You can book your trip with Expedia, where 2 weeks for two adults costs from as little as £1800.


Civilised stuff,  after the mayhem of yesterday's pileup

Straight in ...  that must the most efficient DX project I have managed so far: from first email on Nov 16, 2017 at 9:01 AM, to contact less than 24 hours later. 14,5000 miles of it. That's 624mph. :-)

No messing about on 20m today!

Messing about on 20m the day before... and if you think the
call signs of those busting in seem familiar, they probably are.
It's the usual pileup followers and scrum suspects.


Workable signal - but only just


The prop forecast for the time and frequency seems about right.

It's a hard life....


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