14DA/D14, Calvados, May 2017


Calvados is a department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. It takes its name from a cluster of rocks off the English Channel coast.

Calvados belongs to the region of Normandy and is surrounded by the departments of Seine-Maritime, Eure, Orne and Manche. To the north is the Baie de la Seine, part of the English Channel. On the east, the Seine River forms the boundary with Seine-Maritime. Calvados includes the Bessin area, the Pays d’Auge and the area known as the “Suisse normande” (“Norman Switzerland”).

The most notable places in Calvados include Deauville and the formerly elegant 19th-century casino resorts of the coast.

Agriculture dominates the economy of Calvados. The area is known for producing butter, cheese, cider and Calvados, the apple-based spirit that takes its name from the area.

Calvados is one of the most visited areas in France because of its seaside resorts which are among the most prestigious in France with their luxurious hotels, casinos, green countryside, manors, castles, the quiet, the chalk cliffs, the typical Norman houses, the history of William the Conqueror, Caen, Bayeux, Lisieux, the famous D-day beaches and numerous museums about the Second World War. The culinary specialties from the verdant countryside of Calvados are abundant: cider, calvados, camembert and Pont-l’Évêque cheeses.

One of the advantage of Calvados is to be fairly near large urban centers (Paris, Ile de France). Calvados is therefore often preferred for holidays and for weekends and sometimes considered as the countryside of Paris .

Calvados, via the port of Ouistreham, is an entrance to the continent from Britain. There are two airports: Caen-Carpiquet and Deauville-Saint Gatien. The department of Calvados has several popular tourist areas: the Bessin, the Plain of Caen, the Bocage Virois, the Côte de Nacre, the Côte Fleurie and the Pays d’Auge. Several beaches of Calvados are popular for watersports, including Cabourg and Merville-Franceville-Plage.


  • QRZ: 14DA/D14
  • Type of activity: Regional
  • Department: Calvados
  • Name of Region: Normandy
  • Coordinates:  -0.66879 W (0° 40′ 8” W) / 48.83761 N (48° 50′ 15” N)
  • QTH locator: IN98PU
  • Activated by: 14DA016 Rodolphe
  • Date: from 12/05/2017 until 01/06/2018
  • QSL Card Available: Yes (See below)
  • QSL Manager: Rodolphe 14 DA 016
  • Coordinations: Rodolphe Auvray – le Hamel Angot – 14410 Vassy  FRANCE
  • Contribution: Standard