VP2MGU - 1999




National flag of Montserrat




   Montserrat - Country and People

  Montserrat, the "Emerald Island", is a volcanic island and located between Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Guadeloupe.
  After Hurricane "Hugo", which destroyed more than 90 per cent of all buildings in 1989 the disastrous volcano eruption in 1996 brought the island to the edge of existence. 7,000 of the former 11,000 inhabitants left Montserrat since. We did not hear many good news but we also knew that newspapers, radio and TV usually live from bad news. We decided to look behind the headlines and were surprised to find such a lush green island with such a stoic and heroic people.  Live is probably hard for them and many people lost everything, ... but never their smile. We adore them.
  Since the eruption and due to the still active volcano more than half of the island is "forbidden zone". The north of the island is relatively secure and more and more people come back from abroad. We understand that well !!!

  You can enter Montserrat by plane or ferry boat from Antigua.

  Capital City

  The former capital city Plymouth was covered with dust and ashes
  from the volcano eruption and belongs now to the "forbidden  zone".


  About 4.000




  Around 80F (27C) throughout the year
  Hurricane season - May until October


  220 Volt


  East Caribbean Dollar (1 EC$ ~  0,37 €)


  Not necessary - but better ask your Doctor

   How to get an amateur radio guest license?

Send your licence application, which can be found under  www.arrl.org/field/regulations/io/recip.country.html#m
together with the following items

- Photocopy of your passport
- Photocopy of your own licence

to the following address:

Montserrat Amateur Radio Society
c/o Mr. Bruce Farara
P.O.Box 402
Montserrat, W.I.

Send your application well in advance; 8 weeks before you enter Montserrat should be enough.

Licence fee is 6 US $ or 14,60 EC $.

   Useful addresses, phone numbers and email-addresses

  Mr. Bruce Farara 
  P.O.Box 402
  Montserrat, W.I.
  Bruce is the President of the Montserrat Amateur Radio Society

  Tel.: (001-664) 491 8802
  Tel.: (001-664) 491 2402
  Fax: (001-664) 491 6602
  Email: farara@hotmail.com

  Accomodation / Villas and guesthouses


 Tradewinds Real Estate
  P.O.Box 365
  Montserrat, W.I.

  Tel.: (001-664) 491 2004
  Fax: (001-664) 491 6229
  Email: tradewinds@candw.ag