|An almost unknown island in the
|La Orchila on Google Earth.
|Finally we got the permission for an
IOTA expedition to the Orchila archipelago. It is not the 1st
expedition to that place, but it is a very restricted area. Only
few people, except the military, have access to the island. So
we are very grateful, the Venezuelan Navy invited us and also
sponsored the transportation of the crew and our equipment. We
even were allowed to take our cars with us.
We left the port of La Guaira on August 20, 1913, and arrived the
next morning at the main island of the Orchila Archipelago, 160
km northeast of La Guaira.
As always, my job was to operate CW. (My actual call is YV5EU
The other CW operators were YV4GLD, YV5OK and also YV5IUA showed
up. There was another operator assigned to our group, but
finally it seemed he was he was fearful to handle big pile-ups
and then looked for an easier job :-)
|Fixing the cars
inside the ship.
|Our arrival at
the Orchila Navy base on August 21.
|Installing the first antenna for our CW
|It is a hard job, building the antennas
under this weather conditions. It's VERY hot, and the sun is
|Thanks to the OM's (those not part of the
CW-crew) who helped us to get up our antennas.