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
FM/WJ2O QSL Card
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.
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.