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"Ilha da Insua EU-150" stands in the northern tip of Portugal, in the border line to Spain and 200 m. from the coast of Caminha. Added to the IOTA directory in 1991 was activated for the first time in August 1991 by CT1UE/p, CT1UD/p, CT1ZW/p and CT1BY/p for a 2800+ QSO's run.

Getting to Insua requires some work, permit has to be obtained from the District Governor to use the Fortress facilities, then the Navy has to authorize the landing under strict conditions of no interference with navigation and the lighthouse. Then the danger of the smugllers that like to use the Island for their illicit activities.

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Anyway, after doing the first edition of the IOTA Contest (1993) from home in Murtosa as CR8A I began thinking about giving out a Multiplier instead of staying at home working them, some friends from the Aveiro University ARC were also interested to go along and a Team named by Miguel CT1ENQ as the "Northern Portugal DX Group" got to Insua Island in July 1994 for a 4 days operation not only to entry the IOTA Contest but also to give EU-150 to those who still needed it, CQ2I got in-the-air for a 4000 QSOs run.

Photos show the TH-3 tribander in the Top of the Insua Fortress and José CT1EEB working the 1994 IOTA Contest as CQ2I.

Have a look at the DXpedition vídeo in youtube: INSUA ISLAND 1994 DX'PEDITION BY NPDXG / ARUA.

 

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But reality is that Insua is the closest qualifying Island for IOTA to us, less than 2 hours driving, and the favorite spot by excellence for Contesting or just for a couple of days operation. The IOTA Contest was to be repeated in 1996, 1997 and 2001 with diferent Teams but always looking for a Top Score.

That was to be achieved in 2001 in the Low-Power DX'pedition category winning the "Roger Balister" Contest Trophy.

Photo shows José CT1EEB, Santos CT1DVV, Miguel CT1ENQ and João CT1BQH trying to figure out what was wrong with the TH-3 antenna.

 

 

 

 

Photo in the right shows how the Fortress looks from the inside and also the CQ2I base camp.

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