14DA/D50, Manche, May 2017



The Manche department is in north-west Normandy (northern France) on the Cotentin Peninsula which extends into the English Channel, with Cherbourg at the northern end and Saint-Lô as departmental capital.

The department takes its name from the English Channel, called La Manche in France.

Manche is the French word for sleeve, which the English channel is said to resemble.

Manche is a French department in Normandy (Normandie), named for the English Channel, which is known as La Manche, literally “the sleeve”, in French, that borders its north and west shores and part of its east shore.

Mont St MichelThe Department includes the Cotentin Peninsula down to the famous Mont St Michel; though of the offshore Channel Islands only Chausey forms part of the territory of the department.

Manche borders the Normandy departments of Calvados to the east and Orne to the southeast. Mayenne, a department of the Pays de la Loire, is to the south-east, and Ille-et-Vilaine in Brittany is to the south-west.

The region is lush and green with sandy beaches, remaining very rural and farming oriented. The peninsula was originally joined as a single land mass to Cornwall and Dorset in England, meaning that the underlying countryside of both are very similar – although as farming practices have varied considerably between the UK and France, there are substantial regional differences today in terms of flora and fauna.

Flat marsh areas in the department are known for their bird watching.

The region and around St Lo is also the horse capital of France, where the cooler climate compared to the south is ideal for breeding and training.


  • Julie à ChauseyQRZ: 14DA/D50
  • Type of activity: Regional
  • Department: Manche
  • Name of Region:  Normandie
  • Coordinates:  -1.57104 W (-1° 34′ 16” W) / 49.6414 N (49° 38′ 29” N)
  • QTH locator: IN99FP
  • Activated by: 14DA050
  • Date:  from 19/05/2017 until 01/06/2018
  • QSL Card Available: Yes (See below)
  • QSL Manager:  Bruno 14DA050
  • Coordinations:  Bruno, PO Box 90128, 50110 Tourlaville. FRANCE
  • Contribution: Standard