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

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

 Inhabitants

 About 4.000

 Language

 English

 Climate

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

 Voltage

 220 Volt

 Currency

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

 Vaccination

 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
Olveston
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

 Licenses:
 Mr. Bruce Farara 
 VP2MB
 P.O.Box 402
 Olveston
 Montserrat, W.I.
 Bruce is the President of the Montserrat Amateur Radio Society
 (MARS)

 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
 Olveston
 Montserrat, W.I.

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