*Meet* 136DA227 Henri

A minuscule overseas region of France situated in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the eastern Caribbean Sea is gorgeous Martinique Island — homeland to new Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) member 136DA227 Henri who links up with our Club in December 2016.

On the 11m band, Henri is one of his DXCC’s most highly thought of and active DXers.  He has more than 200 DXCC entities worked and confirmed to his name in a hobby career spanning almost 50 years and is always on the lookout for a “New One”.

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During this time, he has been known predominantly as 136MH227 alias ‘Cocovert’ (Meaning ‘Green Coconut’) — a QRZ which is synonymous with serious Island Chasers the world over whom have sought his attractive independent QSL card.

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One of the Windward Islands, Martinique is referenced  by the Radio Society Great Britain’s IOTA Program as NA-107.  According to 136DA227 Henri, it is known affectionately as the “Flower of the Caribbean”.

On the world map, Martinique Island is found directly north of Saint Lucia (NA-108), southeast of Puerto Rico (NA-099), northwest of Barbados (NA-021), and south of Dominica (NA-101).  It is the 3rd largest island in The Lesser Antilles after Trinidad (SA-011) and Guadeloupe (NA-102).

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Volcanic in origin, Martinique is a mountainous stunner crowned by the still-smouldering Mont Pelée, which wiped out Martinique’s former capital of St-Pierre in 1902.

The rainforested, mountainous northern part is the most spectacular, but the south has its fair share of natural wonders, including lovely bays and miles of luscious beaches.

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Henri’s home in the French overseas department is Sainte-Anne, a picturesque village and commune in the south of the island with a population of less than 5000 people.

This exquisite DXstination is well known for its sparkling white sand beaches, including the most famous at Les Salines.

roy-henris-wife-and-henriAccording to Henri, “it’s the idyllic paradise, palm tree lined escape you dream about, complete with enticing clear blue waters to swim in…”

The town itself is said to be very picturesque, containing quaint Creole housing.  Many visitors also choose to stay overnight to unwind after the sun goes down, taking the opportunity to dine in one of the many seafood restaurants. 

This is confirmed by the ‘Globetrotters’ 104DA102 Syl and 104DA101 Roy who in fact stayed in one of Henri’s rental properties during their 136 IOTA Tour a couple of years ago.

For restaurant goers, Henri’s region has a hybrid cuisine, mixing elements of African, French, Carib Amerindian and South Asian traditions.

One of its most famous dishes is purportedly the Colombo, a unique curry of chicken (curry chicken), meat or fish with vegetables, spiced with a distinctive masala of Tamil origins, sparked with tamarind, and often containing wine, coconut milk, cassava and rum.

A strong tradition of Martiniquan desserts and cakes incorporate pineapple, rum, and a wide range of local ingredients.

When he’s not relaxing at one of the many local attractions, 136DA227 Henri enjoys spending time in his garden, pottering about with a watering can and tending lovingly to his plants which include mango and coconut trees and an abundance of colourful flowers.  He also enjoys ‘diy’ing with small building projects.

cbAt the time of going to print, President Lincoln and Alinco DX 70 transceivers sit atop 136DA227 Henri’s radio shack bench.  Penetrating the skyline are a 2 element Yagi and a fibreglass GP27 vertical antenna with a ground-plane of the triple-leg type.

Favourable positioning above sea level ensures ideal take offs to all major DX markets and a punchy signal sure to launch his new Delta-Alfa callsign into the homes of many DX Hunters the world over!


QSL Information

  • QSL Manager – Syl, PO Box 32, 20243, Prunelli di FBO, France

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