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GEOGRAPHY

Bordered by Costa Rica on the South and Honduras on the North, Nicaragua is the largest Central American republic. The vast Pacific Ocean forms her western border, the balmy Caribbean Sea the east. It is a warm and friendly land of lakes and mountains; rivers and volcanoes, sea and sun. The country is divided into three geographic regions: the Pacific Lowlands on the west, the mountainous Central Region and the Atlantic Lowlands on the east.

The Pacific Lowlands:
This lowland area runs from the Gulf of Fonseca, on Nicaragua's Pacific border with Costa Rica south of Lake Nicaragua. From this lowland strip, the Maribios mountain range, with its 25 volcanic cones, towers overs some of the most beautiful and impressive beaches found anywhere else in Central America.
This region is the most populated. About 27 percent of the nation's entire population lives in and around Managua, the capital city, on the southern shores of Lake Managua. Few Latin American capital cities share Managua's picturesque location. Being on an open plain, it does not suffer the pollution of other capitals trapped in mountain valleys.
In addition to its beach and resort communities, the Pacific Lowlands is also the repository for much of Nicaragua's Spanish colonial heritage. Cities such as Granada and Leon abound in Spanish colonial architecture and artifacts.

The Central Region:
An ecologically active area with mountains and ranges over 3,281 feet above sea level. Oaks, pines, moss, ferns and orchids are abundant in the massive cloud forests of the region. Large coffee plantations often welcome a weary visitor with a steaming cup of the homegrown product.
Hikers and backpackers, walking along the tree shaded paths can quench their thirst in the clear waters of the mountain springs.
A lucky bird watcher may be able to add a rare quetzal to their inventory. Most certainly they will see goldfinches, hummingbirds, magpies or toucanets. Taking a branch of the famous Pan American Highway, the traveler can drive through the heart of this region to the border with Honduras.

The Atlantic Lowlands:
Nicargua's tropical east coast is far different from the rest of the country. The climate is predominantly tropical with high temperature and high humidity. Around the area's principal city of Bluefields, English is widely spoken and the population resembles that found in many typical Caribbean ports.
Nature lovers will find much to peak their interest in the tropical forests of the area. A great variety of birds are to be studied including eagles, turkeys, toucans, parakeets and macaws. Animal life in the area includes several different species of monkeys, ant-eaters, white-tailed deer and tapirs.
It is well worth the time to take the short flight from Bluefields to the Corn Islands. These small, beautiful islands are fringed with white coral and are a popular resort area for many Central Americans. They are a perfect spot for bathing, surfing, fishing and the small island even has a mountain to climb. If you are a lover of seafood and shell fish, the Corn Islands is the place to be.

 

MONEY

Currency:
Nicaraguan Gold Córdoba (C$) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of C$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 centavos. 1US$ abt 14 Cordoba

Credit cards:
MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club are accepted on a limited basis. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available. Travellers cheques: Accepted in a number of places.

SIGHTSEEING

Museums and historical sites

National Museum of Nicaragua - Managua
Acahualinca Footprints Museum - Managua
Julio Cortazar Museum - Managua
Alfabetización Museum - Managua
Casa Hacienda San Jacinto - Km 39.5 Carr. Norte
Tenderi Museum - Nindiri
Ruben Dario Archive-Museum - Leon
Adicat Museum - Leon
Exposition Zapatera Collection - Granada
Nicarao Museum of Anthropology and History - Rivas
Gregorio Aguilar Barea Museum - Chontales
Ruben Dario House - Museum - Ciudad Dario
Masaya Volcano Museum - Masaya

Managua: The centre of the capital was completely destroyed by an earthquake in December 1972 and there was further severe damage during the civil wars of 1978-1979. The Government has now decided that it will rebuild the old centre, adding parks and recreational facilities. In the old centre of Managua one can still see examples of colonial architecture in the National Palace and the Cathedral.

Places of Interest: There are several volcanic crater lagoons in the environs of Managua – centres of watersports and residential development with boating, fishing and picnicking facilities. Laguna de Xiloa is the most popular of these lagoons. Boats can be hired on the shores of Lake Managua for visiting the still-smoking Momotombo volcano and the shore villages. On Tiscapa Lagoon there is a recently-built recreation centre.

León: The 'intellectual' capital of Nicaragua, with a university, religious colleges, the largest cathedral in Central America and several colonial churches. There was heavy fighting here during the civil wars of 1978-1979 and much of it was damaged.

Granada: Lies at the foot of the Mombacho volcano. It has many beautiful buildings and has faithfully preserved its Castilian traditions. The cathedral has been rebuilt in neo-Classical style. Also of interest are the Church of La Merced, the Church of Jalteva and the fortress-church of San Francisco.

WEATHER

Nicaragua has a predominantly tropical climate, alternating between two seasons: rainy and dry (winter and summer). This is the result of its geographic location between 11 and 15 degrees latitude north and the humidity from both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans which give it a fairly stable season.

In the Central Region the rainy season lasts from May to October. The dry season occurs from November through April. During December the weather is more temperate. The warmest months are March, April and May, Nicargua's "sea season".

The climate in the Atlantic Coast has been classified as having the highest temperature and humidity. The temperature in this region corresponds to that in tropical jungles and ranges above 89° F.

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The hotel Ticomo should be our planed location... but no chance to build up any antenna. A green roof of trees covered the whole hotel garden

So we moved to Pochomil at the pacific coast to install our antenna forest

       DL3DXX                 DL7CM                 DL2OE

DXpedition Infos

Callsign  H7DX   (H6 and H7 are special pfx for Nicaragua)
Date of operation  Feb. 20th - Mar. 7th, 2002
QTH   Hotel "TICOMAR" in Pochomil, abt 50 miles west of Managua at the Pacific coast,   Locator: EK61RS
Operators  Hans - DL7CM, Mike - DL2OE, Dietmar - DL3DXX
Bands and modes  160 mtrs to 6 mtrs, cw, ssb, rtty, emphasis lowband and rtty
Equipment  3 stns plus 2 amp, ant: for lowbands: 2x V80 (Titanex); for high bands: LP5 (Titanex), HF9V, 5 el for 6mtrs
QSL  via DL7CM

Any Donations welcome

Each greenstamp will help

Our costs:
$US 2.587 Flight
$US 2.640 Accomodation
$US 980 Baggage (for overweight/outsize)
$US 1.000 others (transportation etc.)


DL7CM

Hans-Rainer Uebel
Hartmannsdorfer Chaussee 3
15528 Spreenhagen
Germany

A smakker for enough value      A letter outside of Europe costs 1,53 Euro. That means 2 green stamps!! Thank you.

Do not use stamped envelopes or IBRS.

 

H7DX - Logsearch and statistic

H7DX
Your callsign:

 

QSL's are printed. First QSL went off April 5th, 3 weeks after retour frm dxpedition.

QSO's: 34.265  among them: SSB: 11.845  CW:  20.328      RTTY: 2.092

 

H7DX 160 80 40 30 20 17 15 12 10 6 all %
NA 978 1047 897 555 1354 1771 1592 1560 2297 6 12057 35,2
SA 6 30 38 28 104 102 126 94 222 127 877 2,6
EU 361 1251 1874 1309 2094 1670 1970 2304 3185 0 16018 46,7
AS 61 206 817 523 955 588 581 424 718 0 4873 14,2
AF 3 5 7 7 18 27 26 31 27 0 151 0,4
OC 4 11 42 29 76 50 30 13 34 0 289 0,8
  1413 2550 3675 2451 4601 4208 4325 4426 6483 133 34265  

  In spite of local qrn we tryed our best. Depend of number of radioamateurs in the continents and of conditions we wonted to give a chance to everybody. So in  the windows we did call for JA and we did call for EU to stop the wall of  W's for a moment. Thank you them for fairness. So we could get a fair result reflecting the interest of us around the world.
  NCDXF said no to a sponsorship. Despite of  this denouncment we worked   more than 1000 W6-stns.

  

 

Here is  VP6DI:

VP6DI 160 80 40 30 20 17 15 12 10 6 all rtty %
NA 44 440 848 462 1985 644 13549 182 4617 26 23697 65 46,8
SA 1 20 16 6 207 15 647 60 348 66 983 4 2,7
EU 0 5 12 167 789 308 9488 296 1332 0 12801 5 24,5
AS 0 70 420 393 2407 631 5379 1482 1433 0 12215 184 24,2
AF 0 0 0 0 18 5 112 1 43 1 180 0 0,3
OC 0 39 40 11 175 18 311 44 68 0 707 4 1,4
  45 574 1336 1039 5581 1621 29486 2065 7841 93 50583 262  

We worked 15.113 different calls. This table shows muliple qso's. Maximum has been 22 qso's (10 bands, 3 modes (no ssb on 30 / rtty only on 10,15,20))

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 <= qso's with us
8417 2776 1362 795 537 379 246 150 117 101 57 55 36 25 29 15 10 5 1 <= number of stn's

means f.i. 795 stn's are 4x in log with diff. band/mode

.Thanks to our sponsors:

Thanks also for help:

- Chief and crew of Hotel Ticomo / Ticomar

- DL7UPM, DL7DF, DK1BT

- DL7NS

... and of course thanks to everybody he did work us...