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Saturday, November 23, 2013

An Island Near Venezuela


Curacao, an island near Venezuela, is a new DX country in my log book. On November 19th, I easily worked PJ2/ N0YY and on November 22nd I easily worked PJ2/ W9NJY.

I'm amazed this station in South America hasn't been worked more than I see on the DX Clusters. I spotted it for the second time yesterday and saw very little activity following up on the site.

As most of the islands in the Caribbean area, tourism is always a factor in their economy. In the area of "space tourism" Curacao is one of the tops in the field.


The Lynx Space Plane is an interesting concept. The pilot and "one" tourist can experience "sub orbital flight" where the stars shine steadily, the arc of the earth is below you, and you experience the feeling of weightlessness. I would imagine, also, a great place to use a handi-talkie on the VHF and the UHF bands. Expected to be viable in 2014, this "sub orbital spacecraft" will take you there for a fee of around $100,000.

Both these contacts were on the 10 meter band and pushing a 599+ signal into West Virginia.

2 comments:

VE3WDM said...

Good evening John, well 100,000 sure does sound like a bargain.....NOT. If you have a HUGE amount of cash I guess you can spend in on a trip like the one you describe....as for me I can see a heck of a lot more to do with that kind of money. Oh and great work on the contact as well.
Mike

Jspiker said...

Hello Mike,

I'm thinking the same thing. LOL