Copyright : f6bum Jack
- XV3M -
From 20 march to 02 april 2008
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How to convey, to share a "joy" over the words? The success of a project a little "crazy"!
-The "Chance" and the assistance of extraordinary circumstances on both sides, the Vietnamese authorities, whom I thank, who want to "open up" the island's Tourism and me hopes activate this IOTA.
From the beginning, "the Radio Gods are with me" (hi) as Madame KHANH, issuing licences, we received the afternoon of our arrival! (Thank you) After the "obligations" administrative (4 offices), pay the "tax", I find myself in possession of 2 Calls ( XV3M & 3W3M) "and" permission to perform desired locations (AS-185. AS-128. AS -130) on the frequencies requested. Who could ask for more.
Apolitical, it is not the "party" that I have a "favour"! (Hiii)
It is still "easy" to dream the realization of a project well sitting in front of his hot station, the result is much more difficult!
-- A "great" and "special" Thanks to my companion “Monique alias "Mary" who supports me in my "projects", helps to "manually" and montages dismantling of the antenna! (You do not find many like this!)
After a night in the train, we are able to Dong Ha, head of the
The latter describes the "enormous" administrative difficulties and permissions of the various Vietnamese authorities to be able to visit the island Con Cô, while the agency with whom we dealt with the project, we did believe and left in the 'ignorance of these "difficulties" in addition, Mr. Duy, is absolutely terrified in front of the" radio equipment" , antenna .etc because not advise this event! Fortunately, the "Licence" issued by the Ministry and giving the names of the islands makes reason. It tilts, we depart from Cua Tung.
We will be, my partner and I are the "First International tourists" admitted to live and to visit Con Cô where no infrastructure exists "Home"!
We were to leave on 20/03 at 08:30 local, but it is with 2 hours late as we embark on Cua Tung (30 kms north-east of Dong HA) on a "Big Barque" of 10m in length, 2.50 wide used to transport "goods" (not tourists) ....... put to sea us.
The home on the
We carry our baggage, however, with "local" motorbyckes to the "house" where we will be housed. 2 rooms, a 2-bed (it will be ours), a 1 bed + 1 desktop (this will be the guide) authority I take the office to install my station!
-- Questioning by Police surrounded by the Border Police and Customs…. "Explanation of our motivations," presence on the island, and "Radio goal of amateurism."
-- Meeting with the Vice-Chairman of the Revolutionary Committee of the District of Cô Con , which presents and discusses the development project Tourist future of the island. We asked our opinion and suggestions eventuals.This "palaver" are not up my station, or my antenna.
The atmosphere is relaxed, I take this opportunity to ask the schedules of electric current: 18 2200 Local! I ask the possibility of extension, not possible on the island generator! But a "voluntary" the committee will provide me with electricity $ 6 an hour.
The electricity supplied is insufficient "intensity", "my" Power Shutoff! He made an effort and I can "pump" with 100w. (You see, it's easy!) When the generator on the island it gives me more "Parasites" QRM to 59 + +, which is also a lack of intensity! Even disconnected, it makes me feel QRM, which is why I have great difficulty in hearing the European stations, but as soon as it ceases its provision, I copy the Eu's thanks to the other group.
We are invited by the Committee Chairman, Mr LANH, to a reception to honour! Have present, the Vice-president, Mr Tan, the various department heads in the
Given the state of fatigue, I quit my 23h00 local broadcasting; I catch up tomorrow.
The next day, we learn from the master when the weather is deteriorating and that it will return 24 hours earlier, which do not my "business". I insist remain, but the Vice President "advising" leaving! What we will do well "bad grace."
We will learn the next day that they were right. We had a big scare "in" return to port because the "bar" between China Sea and the river Ben Hai allowing access to Cua Tung was swollen and it took 3 sailors at the helm of the rudder to keep the "barque "Online although at one point I thought it took us abeam!
We will still get excellent memory of this island of 2.5 km2, with a population of 300 people (military, men and women volunteers). The tourism project on the island will be "operational" in 2015!
The island was called" Island of the Tiger" time Cochinchine !
We have "open" the way of tourism, accessibility to the island, the radio amateurism.
I contacted 577 stations only, but given the situation you can now take your equipment and go there!
Phu Quoc - AS-128
-- 600 Km2 as big as
-- 100000 inhabitants
-- Highest point 605m
The south coast is "concrete" by the Tourism Hotels modern "mass" when there are small infrastructure enjoyable.
AS-130 Con Dao island
( or Poulo Condor)
8°40 N - 106°35 E
The island authentic! Very nice, quiet, peaceful, clean, whose inhabitants (about 6000) greet you, you smile, despite the "atrocities" suffered in the past.
How to be "human" can it be illegal? In addition "condoned", ratified by the highest authorities of the countries concerned! (
The museum of this island is very significant "Marks" of the past and is essential to visit.
Personally, I am not "proud" of being French, after seeing the "photographic evidence" of these "horrors. This is not a "consolation, but the Americans were" worse "!
We must visit "Ben Dam", which would mean "Beautiful Lady" and was deformed in the south-west of the island, small harbour very active and we are making in” motorbycke " we were able to admire the beautiful colours China Sea.
Archipelago named Con Sôn , Con Dao is the main island and covers an area of 51Km2.
1094 stations Contacted.
- 2700 QSO's made on the 3 islands, many of which Ja's made me confidence and helped Thank JN6RZM and
- Few Europeans, who do not trust, do not or very little, thanks to F6CKH, I5FLN the only 2 to help, Mdxc (50 €), they believe that "I" holiday pay at their own expense (Hi), and this is not unhappy with their joint $ 1 that I could do it! But all these "gentlemen" require the card as soon as possible and via Bureau.
-. I encourage them to go there, it is not more difficult to organize than Clipperton! And cheaper. I know a very good travel agency in
- Thanks to IREF promised $ 500, not yet paid!) See details below. 2 Americans, K9AJ (100 $) and N6PYN (50 $) using the
-- The "Bigs' associations have all closed the door! (Ncdxf, Indxa, GDXF, SDXF Swiss OKdxf no answer, France GES no answer!).
-- Budget XV3M: Flight
Travel Agency: $ 1853
Electricity: $ 300
License: $ 30
Total: 3836 $ …… Least $ 1500 Donation = 2336 $, excluding food, and the cost of my companion! (Naturally). Buy "specialy" antenne ! . "That is how we" earn money by doing "activities IOTA"! Other times, it was worse because there was no "Donors".
- 1 year of preparation for this project , a hundred "emails" ! Despite having already obtained a License radio amateur in the country in 2002, it was necessary to start all over again! Licencing requirements have changed, the Internet address that also… fortunately Torsten
However, it should be noted that the new administration will not issue the Licensing that the "proof" that you are in the Country! We must wait 2 days for the preparation of the said license.(I will stay 2 days in Hanoi!)
I can not tell you the problems for permission! Because what island to choose? Mê island is occupied by the military (no way!) Idem MAT… remained Con Cô (AS-185) ...........which is a nature reserve… but how to get there? "Luck" helping… I managed to obtain a correspondent who helps me seriously, and obtained permission to reside on the island…. Me it would cost just $ 5 an hour for electricity…! Not counting the trip, the guide… etc. ..
To cushion the move, and as I like the islands, I also decided to visit Phu Quoc, AS-128, and Dao Côn, AS-130 ..............., but my requests for "assistance" from, GDXF (refusal), INDXA (refusal) NCDXF (refusal) SDXF ( refusal) OKDXF , GES France(Any Answer!).
(I have a memory of an elephant! ) .. Only… IREF .... has answered positively! Thank you. I was ready to leave everything to all .. "disdain! "But my character flying you prove the opposite, even if my conditions of transmission (100w and vertical antenna) is not to" taste "of these gentlemen as well as" my loneliness!
" Offered " by LZ1JZ ......(my printeur usual UX5UO does nothing !)
Donors : JA1EY - 7K3EOP -JE2QYZ * -JA8MS -JA1BPA -JA7DHJ - JA3BKP -JN6RZM * -JH2IEE - JL3CRS - JA3UCO - JA7BZU - JE7JIS - JE2VFX - JG1UKW - JE3GUG - JA9IFF - JR0DLU - JA4UQY -JO3AXC - JK1TCV - JA5IU - JG1OWV - JA1SKE - JN7VUJ - JA1KEB - JF4VZT - JA7BWT -
* Special Thank's for "Great" generosity.
K9AJ * (Great generosity and aid , Spécial Tank's) - N6PYN - VE3LYC -
F6CKH * ( Many Tks Claude ) - I5FLN -
Thank you so much for " Assistance"