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fy5ke@ G8CYK - 2017-10-27T13-39-49Z_2121.6kHz

French Guiana on 15m

As a part of mother France, French Guiana is part of the European Union and the Eurozone; its currency is the euro. The country code top-level domain (ccTLD) forFrench Guiana is .gf, but .fr is generally used instead.

So once again the astute French handling of its heritage of overseas empire puts the Brits to shame, and this time they have themselves the perfect location for a spaceport on the equator, directly administered as a French Department direct from Paris High Command.

It operated as a penal colony from 1852 until 1946 - somewhat longer than the UK used Australia for similar purposes. Former inmates included STeve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman in the memorable movie of the book,  Papillon.


The space community means that there is no shortage of technical expertise, supporting the Radio Amateur Club de Kourou French Guiana  - which operates FY5KE - which is located on a 2500 sq. meters lot in the leisure zone of the CSG (European Spaceport) in Kourou. There are now six towers 14m, 18m, 21m, 21m, 24m and 30m high.

The annual CQWW DX SSB contest seems to provide annual impetus for this team to tweak this impressive station.



QSO recording...

Here's a bit of an experiment with this one to illustrate to challenges of sorting a pileup out ...

...precision DXing...

....and this is a overlay of the local conversation on the 7300 and the Twente Web SDR

Workable if not generous signal



The prop forecast for the time and frequency was close

Placeholder - not mine...



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