I operated from San Andres Island during the first week of March of 2017. San Andres is a very small island in the Caribbean closer to Nicaragua than to Colombia, but I guess politics played in, and now it´s Colombian territory. Nicaragua actually claims it is their territory every time they need a scandal to keep their minds off the turmoil politics, but then again, nothing really happens.
The photo on the left is actually an islet less than a mile away in front of San Andres called Johnny Cay (pronounced Johnny Key).
The language is creole, which in San Andres is a mixture of Spanish, English and French creole. When you hear them speak you begin to understand but just when you think you know creole, you are left scratching your head!
Dinner… seafood anyone?
5J0NA QSL Card Front
5J0NA QSL Card Back
Getting a license was easy. Tim, LU9EOC was in charge of HKØ licensing and he got in contact with Rob – HK3CW, who did all our paper work in Bogotá with the Ministry of Communications (which I walked by a week later in Bogotá). I only needed my American license, a letter stating who, when, where and how and my U.S. passport. Each operator got a HKØ/ license and temporary permission to operate 5JØNA. If you want to operate from San Andres Island try to file your request a few months before (at least three) as the Ministry always takes a little time to issue your paperwork.
Below is actual front page of the license . . . Tim,LU9EOC and Bill, AA4NC, and I, Wj2O were all included in the license.
Elecraft K3 Transceiver
Toshiba Satellite Laptop
160 Meter Dipole and the K3’s tuner
I came in first through Bogotá and then traveled to San Andres. Same thing back, all the way to Bogotá and back to the U.S.