15. - 18.03.2004

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  Isla Palma is a very small private island some miles southwest of Cartagena in the archipelago San Bernardo in the western Caribbean. It is only about one mile long and 400 yards wide and can only be reached by boat. There is a comfortable hotel with 42 rooms, the “Decameron Isla Palma”, build of wood in a very interesting architecture.
  It is surrounded by mangroves - a good ground for my HF9VX vertical.
The antenna worked fine, even without radials (I had no chance to arrange the radials in the morass).
  The owners of the island settled a whole lot of exotic animals on the island you can meet wherever you set your feet. There are monkeys, flamingos, colourful parrots, big lizards, deers and and and ...
  The island is good for a sidetrip of 3 or 4 days. You can simply relax or do a lot of possible things like SCUBA diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, playing volleyball, walking around the island, do boat trips to other islands in the archipelago or playing radio (if you have one).
  I wonder if I could stand a three weeks vacation without my radio on this little island. I bet - NOT ...

Breakdown of HKGU/1- 2004

Band

CW

RTTY

SSB

Total QSOs

160

0

0

0

0

80

400

0

0

400

40

777

0

0

777

30

1314

0

0

1314

20

508

2

0

510

17

0

0

0

0

15

876

0

0

876

12

0

0

0

0

10

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

Total

3875

2

0

3877

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