We left on Monday November 13 by car from Wroclaw to Berlin and spent the night in Berlin. Our flight to Paris Charles deGaulle was at 6 AM the next morning. We were successful in our airport transfer in Paris within our narrow 3 hour time window. We were now home free, our biggest challenge was overcome, or so we thought…
Our arrival at Orly was met with a big bureaucratic mess, as they wouldn’t accept our prepayment of excess baggage charges (from our previous reservation) and demanded payment once again for all the excess bagge. As we were arguing with them, our baggage already got tagged and was whisked away. In the end, we did not pay anything. Part of it was tagged to Guadeloupe, part directly to St. Barts, including two of our carry-ons. We spent the night in Guadeloupe with another early wake-up at 3 am for our final 7:15 am flight to St. Barts.
Checking in at Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe
St. Barts — at last!
The next surprise was our landing in St. Barts. As all the YouTube videos show, it’s an exciting landing but we made it OK. The big surprise was that of all the bags that were checked, the only ones which arrived were the 3 carry-ons and one suitcase. Apparently there was no more room on the airplane for the remaining 5 baggages, it was full. We were told the baggage would arrive whenever space was found. This was not good news for us….
In the meantime we went shopping for food and picked up K1CC at the airport, who arrived without incident from St. Martin. So, the bottom line is that we will be starting off our first night with the only antenna we have available to us, which is a 10 Mhz vertical. A quick test shows the location to be very quiet. More good news is that we see opportunities to put a beverage up for the US/JA and for Europe, once we get all our baggage. Hopefully that will be tomorrow, but it could be the day after.
So look for us on 10 MHz tonight. We won’t have any Internet connection with Club Log or QSO Director until we get all our hardware here.