H44R (OC-168) & H40D (OC-179)
Donors & Support
HONIARA, GUADALCANAL ISLAND
View from my guesthouse.
The market for construction materials.
MBANIKA ISLAND (OC-168)
The boat is loaded.
Radio gear and personal effects.
Docking at Mbanika Island.
We had help to carry the 100 AH batteries.
The amplifier (AL-500M) lasted only a little over 200 QSOs.
With Bernhard (left) and John Mairiri, our host (right).
H44R operating shack (with Bernhard).
Simple station setup with the Icom IC-7000 and paper log.
With John Mairiri, before boarding the boat back to Honiara.
Last view of the house the radio station was installed at for a few days on Mbanika Island.
TULAGI ISLAND (OC-158)
Arrival after sunset.
Antenna setup at the Provincial Guesthouse, barely fitting within the fenced compound.
The little Mbangai Island off the coast of Tulagi.
One of several small but cozy hotels on the island.
Beautiful garden atop the hill.
The school grounds.
Small sandy beach at the foot of vertical limestone walls.
H44R/P station setup (with Bernhard).
On the way back to Honiara, with Bernhard.
Arrival in Lata, Santa Cruz Island, the capital of the Temotu Province.
Kids will be always fascinated by airplanes.
Lata airport under a short rain.
On my way from Santa Cruz Island to Pigeon Island (Reef Islands).
Stanley (driver) and Ben (who lives on Pigeon and administers the resort there), with his 6 year old Jenny (left to right).
Sun sets behind us, on the way to Pigeon Island.
Morning on Pigeon Island, in the middle of a beautiful lagoon.
Effects of red ant bites (my back was so much worse!), which I gathered while sleeping in the Honiara guesthouse.
Leaving Pigeon Island on way to Duff Islands, with Stanley (driver) and Phillip (helper) - left to right.
Reef Islands disappear in the distance.
TAHUA ISLAND (OC-179)
Duff Islands, with the main Taumako Island on the left hand side.
Arrival at Tahua Island.
The church in Tahua is part of St. James church in Taumako.
Houses on Tahua Island, with the volcanic cliffs of Taumako Island in the background.
CQ, CQ de H40D.
With Stanley and Phillip (left to right).
Dinner is prepared.
The cabin which hosted the generator.
The generator could only be run during daytime.
A part of the edge of Tahua Island, with Taumako in the background.
Braiding a carpet from palm leaves.
Re-roofing employs only wood, dry palm leafs, and fishnet type rope, no nails or steel wire.
Enjoying Chief Abros Miki's hospitality.
On Taumako, with Thomas Taisea, who hosted Bernhard (DL2GAC) on Tahua during his short operation as H44MS in March 1993.
The cemetery of Duff Islands, a place a remembrance and serenity.
Preparing the boat for the voyage back to Pigeon Island, which was done under a severe and continuous rainfall.
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