Our annual DXpedition sponsored by the Venezuelan Navy (ARV) brought us this year to the Island of
It is hard to believe, that anywhere else on the world a Navy transports regularly amateur-radio-operators to small islands hundreds of miles away, to get them ON AIR. This is possible, because the HAM-radio-activities are part of the July-anniversary-celebrations of the Venezuelan Navy.
Thanks to the ARV in name of the international HAM-radio-community. Without ARV's cooperation many Venezuelan islands may never be heard On Air. And Venezuela's territory has a lot of islands .... :-)
Coche is a small island, located between the South-American continent and the island of Margarita.
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EARTH placemark of our QTH.
This part of the world is a very historic area, because Columbus discovered here the south American continent. He mentioned in his logbook the tiny island of
Cubagua, which we could see from our location (looking west). Columbus was amazed about the wonderful pearls he has seen on
Cubagua. (Sure he kept quite a lot too.....) Probably he also landed on
Coche, which is only a few miles away and
4 to 5 times larger.
Coche's population lives mainly from fishery, sea-salt-production and shrimp-cultivation. But the tourist business is growing too and gives employment to lot of people.
Even a small runway permits air-traffic for small planes.
After leaving the port of La Guaira on July 29, we arrived in the early morning of the next day at a bay in front of the village of San Pedro, the main population of the Island of
The local authorities had prepared for us an abandoned house just at the beach, near to a Ferry-Terminal.
Twice a day a ferry transports people and cars between the port of Punta de Piedras (Margarita Island) and San Pedro.