St.Pierre & Miquelon consists of a total of 7 islands. These are: Miquelon (110Km2), Langlade (91Km2), Saint Pierre (25Km2), Ile aux Marins (0,5 Km2), Grand Colombier (0.5 Km2), Ile aux Vainqueurs (0,1Km2) and Ile aux Pigeons (0,0 4Km2). Total population is abt. 6400 (1990),-most of them on St.Pierre. We decided that Ile aux Marins (Sailors Island) was the best choice for a DX-operation.
|This island is located just off the coast of St.Pierre. As the rest of the area, the climate here is cool and foggy most of the year,- and as we soon were to dis- cover ; windy,-very windy ! Apart from an old fisher- man and a couple of carpenters working to restore old buildings,-we seemed to be alone on the island. Ideal for a major radio-operation! Our accommodation was an old building near the beach , used as a cafeteria in the summertime..|
|Local "crew" helps putting up the Force-12/C3S outside the cafeteria.(right) Warm clothes are necessary in the somewhat unfriendly climate... The "tower" was not the tallest I have seen,-but it sure worked ! We got lots of reports on VY strong signals. The 160M vertical - here inspected by LA9VDA (below), was never used. A strong gale forced us to take it down (along with several other antennas)before we could use it.|
Inside the shack (below) Henry is fighting the pile-up.
The equipment used were two Cachina 505's generously
lent us by the manufaturer, Acom 2000A power amplifier,
verticals for 160-80-40m plus a C3S from Force-12,
a vertical from Butternut, and a simple dipole for 40
that gave us a great takeoff from its position just
a few meters over ground, but directly at the beach.
In addition, Henry brought a "truckload" of necessary
Hear TO0DX through the european
pile-up,-as recorded by LC3NAT in Norway.
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