FG – Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe

Dates: 24 November to 1 December 2016

Callsign: FG/WJ2O

/FG – Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe
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My operation from Guadeloupe is from the La Toubana Hotel & Spa in Saint Anne.

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Getting There


FG/WJ2O and Xyl at the airport after a cancelled flight

Enjoying a relaxing dinner at the Comfort Inn & Suites Boston Airport. Do we care that Air Canada cancelled our flight? Heck no! There’s always plan B.

Point and shoot. A rough translation for Pointe-à-Pitre is “point and take a picture”. So, I did.

Pointe- A-Pitre for FG/WJ2O waiting for the flight to Guadeloupe
WJ2O waiting for the flight to Guadeloupe for FG/WJ2O on Thanksgiving

Deserted Boston Airport
Of course it’s deserted. Most Americans were home eating desert because it’s Thanksgiving Holiday.


The Hotel


La Toubana Hotel & Spa

Hotel La Toubana Hotel & spa entrance for FG/WJ2OEntrance
Pool at the hotel for FG/WJ2O in Guadeloupe

Pool Bar. Every hotel needs one

Our Bungalow. Looking into our bedroom

Guadeluop bungalow for FG/WJ2O.
Caribbean coast for FG/WJ2O in Guadeloupe DXp.

The Caribbean coast.
Looking down from our high location at the coas

There are several bungalows available at this resort.

Other bungalows at FG/WJ2O in Guadeloupe.
Rental car for Guadeloupe dxp for FG/WJ2O

Rental car. The Mercedes ran fine around the island.


Radio Stuff


Goofy WJ2O. Doing my best Rodney Dangerfield impression. I’m always overly excited when I get to a location, hook stuff up and it all works!

WJ2O at Guadeloupe for FG/WJ2O in the Caribbean.
Screwdriver antenna for FG/WJ2O in Guadeloupe DXp

Screwdriver antenna. This was a little different set-up for me. Decided to just mount the antenna on the ground and spread the radials out.

At the radio. Caution: Ham Radio Operator at Work

WJ2O operating FG/WJ2O in Guadloupe in the Caribbean.

Very Important Ham Radio Poses


Gentry at FG/WJ2O in Guadeloupe

The Gentry.

The Dauer.

Dauer pose at FG/WJ2O in Guadeloupe

FG/WJ2O QSL Card Front

FG/WJ2O qsl front in Guadeloupe, Sainte- Anne, at La Toubana Hotel & Spa.

FG/WJ2O QSL Card Back

FG/WJ2O qsl back in Guadeloupe, Sainte- Anne, at La Toubana Hotel & Spa.

QSL By
KB3IFH

Trip Statistics Report

Equipment
Elecraft K3
Dell Inspiron Mini Laptop
Heil Headset
Little Tarheel II Screwdriver Antenna
Ameritron SDC-102 Antenna Controller
MFJ 1979 Telescoping Whip

FG/WJ2O station setup: Elecraft K3, Heil Headset Little Tarheel II Screwdriver Antenna and an Ameritron SDC-102 Antenna Controller.

CQ World-Wide CW Single Operator Low Power Claimed Score

2016 CQ World-Wide CW Single Operator Low Power Claimed Score

Traveling to Guadeloupe

FG/WJ2O, Guadeloupe, flight route from Syracuse, Montreal and then Sainte-Anne.

To take advantage of an Air Canada non-stop flight to Pointe-à-Pitre we were going to drive to Montreal and spend the night first. [Original plan, see text]

Well, the map shows the original plan. It turns out Air Canada decided to move the flight back 2 days. That was totally unacceptable and unbelievable that a major airline would do that. It was nice that they refunded my money, but I had booked a non-cancellable room at the Sheraton Airport Inn both at the beginning and end of the trip. Even after pleading that it was Air Canada’s fault, they didn’t care. My booking agent, Expedia.com, was zero help.

So, adding to my “corporate revenge” list Air Canada, Sheraton and Expedia.
Fortunately, even though it was last minute, I was able to secure us flights aboard Norwegian Airlines. They fly non-stop from Boston to Pointe-à-Pitre. Norwegian does not partner with the usual on-line zero support websites so you have to look them up directly.

We drove to Boston, spent a wonderful evening at Comfort Inn & Suites. They let me park there for a week and they shuttled us to and from the airport.