Isle of Man

On Sunday, July 12, 2009 I had the chance to work a station on 20 meters from the Isle of Man.  This small island is off the coast of Scottland in the UK.

MD/DK1SG (Gunter) was calling CQ on 14.070 Mhz using PSK31.  I had a nice but albeit to brief QSO with Gunter.  I would have liked to chat with him more about this interesting island, but as you can imagine, there were many stations clammering to contact him.

After looking up some information about this island, I found out some pretty interesting facts.  The Isle of Man is not a part of the UK per-se.  It is a self -governing Crown dependency according to Wikipedia.

It is located in the Irish sea and the head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of England.  Although the Isle of Man is not part of the UK, defense, foreign relations, and good-governance are the responsibilities of the government of the UK.  Tourism is a very important aspect of the Isle of Man economy, and from the pictures that I have seen, it is a very beautiful place!

I wish I was able to chat with Gunter longer and learn a bit more about where he lives, but it was a privilege to make the contact anyway.

I worked this station on 14.070 MHz PSK31 mode with only 50 watts and a wire G5RV antenna.  Oh so very cool!

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