FM – Fort de France, Martinique

Dates: 11 to 16 July 1996

Callsign: FM/WJ2O

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FM/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107, Hotel la Bateliere.

This was the first time I ever got to take advantage of my frequent flyer miles. The programs the airlines offer really do work and I received this flight absolutely free!

I planned to operate the IARU contest from the home of my friend Leonce, FM5DN. This saved having to bring down a lot of equipment. However, I brought along my Kenwood TS-940 anyway.

I stayed at the Hotel la Bateliere. It was a fine hotel but a bit on the expensive side. It would have been too fancy to set up a ham station, so it’s a good thing I was not planning to.

They were obviously suffering from the same bad economic climate as the rest of the Caribbean. Out of approximately 100 rooms, I’ll bet no more than 20 were rented. You didn’t have to worry about overcrowding at the pool or the beach. Oh, about the beach . . . it was topless . . . I was speechless!


Hotel La Bateliere


Hotel la Beteliere pool for FM/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Hotel pool

Ocean Cove. This is a small beach at the hotel where many fine looking YL’s considered their bikini tops unnecessary.

Ocena cove for FM/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

My Host


Leone FM5DN with FM/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Seated at his home station that he was very kind enough to let me operate for the contest.

FM5DN antennas

FM5Dn antennas for FM/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

FM5CD, Michel


Fm5Cd store while FM/WJ2O, in Fort de France, Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107.

This is the store owned and operated by Michel, FM5CD. It is in the heart of the city.

Inside the store

FM/WJ2O DXp operation in Fort de France, Martinique, The Caribbean at IOTA NA-107.
FM/WJ2O DXp operation in Fort de France, Martinique, The Caribbean at IOTA NA-107.

Michel and his displays

FM5CD Home ham radio station.

FM5CD home station with FM/WJ2O in Fort de France, Martinique in the Caribbean, at NA-107
Michel reading my book Dxpeditions. M/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Book Reading.Here Michel and his daughter, Virginia, are reading my 2nd Edition of “DXpeditions with WJ2O”.


Rum Factory


Martinique’s Largest Industry. Making rum here at the J.M. Rhum Company.

Rum factory at Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107
Rum factory machine in Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Factory Machine
I don’t know what it does but very impressive.

Dave, WJ2O, trying to blend with all the finished barrels of rum.

Rum factory with FM/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Island Tour


Atm machine in Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

First Stop, The ATM
In most all countries I have visited, the ATM machine always has a lot of activity around it. Martinique is no different.

Local Village.

Local village in Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107
Fichinhg villabe at Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Fishing Village

Boast and traps

Boat and tranps at the FM/WJ2O dxp in Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107
Dennis FM5GU with FM/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Denis, FM5GU. By chance we caught him at home. He is often heard in many contests.

FM5GU antennas

FM5GU antennas with FM/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107
FM5Dn, Leone with cannon and FM/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Leonce, FM5DN with cannon.

An ocean view.

Ocean viw in Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107
Ocean view for FM/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

An another

Power Station. The only one on the island.

Power station in Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107
Victo FM5DP in Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Victor, FM5DP. He is located in Schoelcher.

Laurent, FM5BH. He is a school teacher and very active on 160m. He is a regular contester and the manager of the local contest call TO5T.

FM5BM in Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107
Coconut collecting in Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Collecting Coconuts
Laurent and Leonce are preparing a feast.

Collecting Coconuts
FM5BH antenna

FM5BH antenna in Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Heading Home


FM/WJ2O heading home after visitng Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

Martinique Airport

Inside the terminal

FM/WJ2O inside the terminal inFort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107

FM/WJ2O QSL Card Front

FM/WJ2O qsl card front in Fort de France, Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107.

FM/WJ2O QSL Card Back

FM/WJ2O qsl card back in Fort de France, Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107.

At the bottom is a letter from the Minister of Telecommunications in France. It basically says that licensed radio hams from the US have a reciprocal agreement and are allowed to operate in France or any one of its territories for no charge and without notifying them provided your visit is not longer than 3 months. France’s territories consist of FG, FH, FM, FP, FR and TK.

License for FM/WJ2O used in Fort de France, Martinique,Caribbean, IOTA NA-107.

Trips Statistics Report

Equipment:
Operating conditions in FM/WJ2O in Martinique. I used a Kenwood TS-940 Transceiver and a LK550ZC Amplifier.Kenwood TS-940 Transceiver
LK550ZC Amplifier
486-DX Laptop Computer
Heathkit Micromatic Keyer
Cushcraft A4S Yagi
40 Meter Dipole

IARU contest certificate for FM/WJ2O in Martinique.

The certificate says “Phone Only” but I was really mixed mode.

 FM, FM/WJ2O, Fort de France Martinique,Caribbean, NA-107, FM5DN, Hotel la Bateliere, FM5CD, FM5GU, FM5DP, FM5DH, TO5T, J.M. Rhum Company, IARU, CEPT, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, qsl card, 160 dipole, all-band vertical, Ham shack, radio, DX, VHF, dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, low bands, WARC, power supply, screw driver antenna, R5 Cushcraft vertical, EME, satellite, DXCC entities, qso, qsl, 73, radials, Heil Headset, Ameritron SDC-102 Antenna Controller, MFJ 1979 Telescoping Whip

Customs:
The customs in this country was simply a walk by. But, I wasn’t carrying my usual grouping of bulky travel cases nor my ski bag for the antenna on this trip, so I probably looked like a “regular” tourist.