HKØ – San Andrés, Colombia

Dates: 2 to 6 March 2017

Callsign: 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O

/HKØ – San Andrés, Colombia
HKØ – San Andrés, Colombia 2018-10-22T06:52:34+00:00
I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O from San Andrés Island- Colombia.

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!

Map of San Andres, Colombia where I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O.


Arriving


  • Arriving at San Andrés Island- Colombia. where I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O.

    A tour of the island from above.

     

  • Arriving at San Andrés Island- Colombia. where I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O.
  •  San Andrés Island- Colombia. where I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O.

    Had a few .. just a few “cervezas” while on the Island… what was I talking about?

  •  San Andrés Island - Colombia. where I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O.

    Is it nice? Hell yeah!


Dinner… seafood anyone?


  •  Me and my lapton as I visited San Andrés Island- Colombia. where I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O

    If you think I’m annoying when I bring my cell phone to the table, imagine me working on my laptop during dinner? The weather was fine on San Andres Island, Colombia. Made a few HK0/WJ2O earlier that night.

  •  The Gentry from San Andrés Island- Colombia. where I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O

    Will and I were doing the Gentry, Tim was just getting held up!

  •  San Andrés Island- Colombia. where I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O
    Bill, AA4NC, was with me from San Andrés Island- Colombia. where I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O

    Actually this is Will. AA4NC. We managed to log 14,519 qsos!

     San Andrés Island-Colombia has froteer issues with Nicaragua, where I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O

    So this is why San Andres is actually Colombia, despite being located practically in front of Nicaragua. They kinda have a territorial dispute, but it goes something like this: light blue is Colombia, red used to be Colombia, dark blue almost Colombia. Get it? Numbers are just there to confuse you, don´t pay any attention to them

     

5J0NA QSL Card Front

5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O, San Andrés, NA-033, AA4NC, LW9EOC, IARU, CEPT, Contest, qsl card, all band vertical, Ham shack, radio, DX, VHF, dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, WARC, low bands

5J0NA QSL Card Back

5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O, San Andrés, NA-033, AA4NC, LW9EOC, IARU, CEPT, Contest, qsl card, all band vertical, Ham shack, radio, DX, VHF, dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, WARC, low bands

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KB3IFH

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.

 San Andrés Island- Colombia. where I operated as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O, with LU9EOC and AA4NC

Trip Statistics Report

Equipment:
Elecraft K3 Transceiver
Toshiba Satellite Laptop
160 Meter Dipole and the K3’s tuner

We operated as 5J0NA. My partners were Tim, LW9EOC with WJ2C and AA4NC

We operated as 5J0NA in San Andrés Island NA-033. My partners were Tim, LW9EOC with WJ2C and AA4NC.  We were active  on 160 – 6m CW, SSB, RTTY and the ARRL DX CW, contest.

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.

Travel map for my operation as 5JØNA and HKØ/WJ2O, San Andrés - Colombia, NA-033.