CE – Santiago, Chile

Dates: 11 to 14 September 1995

Callsign: CE3/WJ2O

/CE – Santiago, Chile
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Once I returned from Easter Island, I wanted to stay a few days in Santiago.

I stayed at the Hotel Torremayor. This was a very nice medium priced hotel that appeared to be fairly new. It was only 4 stories high so I asked for the top floor. Only the manager (who was never around) spoke good English. The others tried. Not much room for antennas, so I just stuck my mobile whips out the window, as I was only here 3 days.

Santiago, Chile

I operated from my hotel in Santiago Chile as CE/WJ2O

Operating position. The hotel provided a very unique curved desk that made a perfect operating table. Too bad my antenna was minimal.

My Chilean guide at CE3/WJ2O, Hotel Torremayor, Chile, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, 160 dipole, all-band vertical,

My tour guide.This is Gerardo. He claimed he was a student and was hitting me up for cash on the street for food. Not only did we go to lunch together I hired him to be my tour guide for the day. He knew about as much English as I knew Spanish so communication was comical at times.

Presidents house in Santiago where I operated ast CE3/WJ2O.

The president’s house. Here I am in front of the President’s House happy that it had stopped raining.

Arms plaza in Santyiago Chile wher I operated as CE3/WJ2O.

Plaza de Armas. This is a popular plaza (Spanish for park) which is very popular in Santiago.

Shopping mall In Santiago Chile.

Shops. In Santiago there are plenty of small shops around.

Shopping mall in Santiago, Chile where I operated as CE3/WJ2O.

More shops

Flying Over The Andes

Andes mountains near Santiago in Chile.

When flying over the Andes Mountains, they are so high you feel that they are going to reach out and touch the airplane.

Flying over the Andes mountains just before arriving in Santiago.

The Andes.

Specualar Andes mountans in Chile.

More Andes mountain views

Andes mountains at CE3/WJ2O, Hotel Torremayor, Chile, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest,

The Andes.

CE3/WJ2O QSL Card Front

Chile qsl car front CE3/WJ2O, South America

CE3/WJ2O QSL Card Back

Chile qsl car back CE3/WJ2O, South America

I received an application from the ARRL and, as instructed, I set it along with a postal money order of $25.00 to the:
Radio Club de Chile
Nataniel Cox 1054
Casilla 13630 Santiago
Phone 02-696-4707

The application said to send two passport size photos. They sent them back saying they didn’t need them along with a receipt for my fee. But no license.

Upon arriving in Santiago, I set out on the trek to find my license. I had no idea where to start, I spoke next to no Spanish and it was raining. Santiago is a beautiful city even on rainy days, complete with an excellent subway system and a rule that a cab fare can never be more than the US equivalent of about $1.50. I spent the entire day but I found the right place, learned a lot of Spanish words and the sun came out.

For those of you wishing to save time, get into any cab and ask to go to Amunategui 178 which is a corner building. On the 7th floor is the Ministry of Telecommunications. When you exit the elevators, go into the office on the left that has double doors. Once inside turn a little to the right and there is a small window that says “Radioaficionado” (this translates to Radio Amateur). Then gentleman spoke no English but understood “WJ2O”. He went through a small pile of paper and to my surprise pulled out my license all typed, ready and paid for. I shook his hand and set back to the hotel with a feeling of accomplishment.

License for CE3/WJ2O, Hotel Torremayor, Chile, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest,

Trip Statistics Report

Kenwood TS-940 Transceiver
486-DX laptop
Heathkit Micromatic Keyer
Hustler mobile whips

Operatiing position at CE3/WJ2O, Hotel Torremayor, Chile, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, South America

Customs: Customs had me place one of my two large cases up on an X-ray machine, and then waved me on.

depcition of customs officers in Santiago Chile airport