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).
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.