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*This Weekend* D59 IOTA/LOTA Action | Radioaficion Ham Radio

*This Weekend* D59 IOTA/LOTA Action


Accomplished DA-RC member 14DA028 Phil and friends from the Hotel Florida and International Radio clubs respectively will be QRV

this Saturday, April 18 2015, from the picturesque Digue du Braek for some dual IOTA and LOTA action.

The QRZ for this rip-roaring activity will be 14DA/DBI with the suffix DBI an acronym for the Non-V IOTA island, a very unique long, slender sand dike situated on the Opale Coast, in the French city of Dunkerque (D59).

As indicated by well known 11m databases, Islands Base Online and Archives, the Digue du Braek (Also known as the Beach of St Pol) has never before been activated on the 11m band.

Connected to the mainland by two motorised draw bridges, leading to a concrete road which extends for the 7km long length of the island providing vehicular access, this fascinating DX entity is the result of an extensive industrial program west of the port of Dunkirk.

To allow tankers to deliver oil and various minerals closer to processing sites at the dock of Arcelor-Mittal, a huge sand dam was built along the sea, separating the lock Charles De Gaulle to the dunes.

This is how the Digue du Braek was formed!

Apart from being an attractive DXstination for DX adventures like Phil and his team, recon efforts indicate that the Digue du Braek is an excellent spot for surf fishing, surfing, swimming, bird watching, windsurfing, sun baking, picnics and ship gazing.

It’s also the home of a spectacular old 63 meter high lighthouse which bares the reference FRA-537 in accordance with the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS).


Given the presence of a lighthouse on the island, this dx adventure incorporates both IOTA and LOTA concepts.  Located at latitude 51° 3′ 7.2″ N and longitude 2° 21′ 13.8″ E at the foot of a jetty, the Risban/Dunquerke Principal Lighthouse is said to be the highest of its type in France.

By all reports, this remarkable maritime feature was built between 1838 and 1843 to replace the unreliable signal from the Leughenaer Tower.  History says it was built on the site of the former Risban fortress, itself built in the second half of the 17th century by the famous engineer Vauban to protect the town from enemy attack.

 For the complete information about this very exciting activity, such as station details, coordinates, dxpedition team members and much more, please click on the corresponding link in the right hand side menu under DA-RC Activities.

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