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It’s All in the Cards: QSL Cards from French Polynesia

Every month, DX Engineering features QSL cards from our team members’ personal collections. To highlight upcoming DXpeditions, we’ll be displaying a few of our favorite cards along with details about what it took to make these contacts. We’re excited to share some of the special cards pulled from the thousands we’ve received over the years. We look forward to seeing your cards as well!

French Polynesia QRV in July

DXers will have a chance to log French Polynesia this July. Oliver, FO/W6NV is scheduled to be active from Tahiti on July 18, operating primarily on CW 80, 40 and 20M using a Butternut vertical. He will be QRV as TX2A from Raivavae Island (Austral Islands OC-114) during the IOTA contest starting July 22.

The French Polynesian Island of Raivavae is 6.9 square miles and has a population of about 900, split between three communes, Anatonu, Rairua-Mahanatoa, and Vaiuru. As of June, French Polynesia—made up of 118 islands and atolls in the South Pacific Ocean—ranked 167th on the list of most-wanted DXCC entities in North America.

Bob W5OV (then WA2OVE), DX Engineering sales manager and member of the DXCC Honor Roll, made a QSO with the FO0PJM DXpedition back in June 1978 on 15M CW.
Tom KB8UUZ, DX Engineering technical writer, reached the 2011 FO4BM DXpedition from Moorea Island on 10M SSB. The DXpedition team used two transceivers: an ICOM IC-7600 and Kenwood TS-680S.

George K3GP, customer/technical support specialist, has had tremendous success working DXpeditions to French Polynesia. Here are his cards from the FO/IK2QPR 2002 DXpedition from Mai Maona Motu; the FO/JJ8DEN 2003 DXpedition from Maupihaa Atoll; the FO/F6CTL 2006 DXpedition from Tahiti; and the FO0PT 2000 DXpedition from Moorea Island.

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