3B8/G3TXF - Commonwealth Contest 2017 : Mauritius
Nigel G3TXF operated the 2017 Commonwealth Contest (BERU) as 3B8/G3TXF from Mauritius. This was the eleventh DX-trip made specifically to take part in the RSGB's Commonweath Contest.

Previous BERU operations by G3TXF were J79XF (2016), V5/G3TXF (2015), ZF2XF (2014), ZF2XF (2013), ZD7XF (2012), VP2MXF (2011), 6Y8XF (2009), VQ5XF (2008), V25XF (2007) and VP2EN (2003). Here is a multi-year BERU score summary.

For details on the Commonwealth Contest (BERU) see Bob G3PJT's Commonwealth Contest website.
Nigel G3TXF operated the 2017 Commonwealth Contest as 3B8/G3TXF from Mauritius: 40m vertical right by the water's edge. An ideal water's edge location for 3B8/G3TXF in the 80th BERU. The 40m vertical is just visible on the far left of the island.
3B8/G3TXF with Elecraft K3S, KPA-500 amplifier and KAT-500 Antenna Tuner. Logging with Win-Test (...still the best!). Short causeway out to the islet at low tide. The islet provides a virtual 360 degree all-round sea take-off. Just magic for radio!
The 40m vertical antenna at 3B8/G3TXF regularly gets its toes wet in the waves. Excellent take-off to USA/Europe and Japan. The base of the 80m vertical antenna at 3B8/G3TXF also gets a thorough soaking at high tide.
Clive 3B8CW bikes across the short causeway from the islet QTH of 3B8/G3TXF back to the mainland. Clive 3B8CW with the 17m vertical dipole used by 3B8/G3TXF outside the Commonwealth Contest (BERU).
Visitors to Mauritius still have to apply to the local telecoms regulator ICTA for a temporary licence .... ... however the ICTA offices are located conveniently close to the new Caudan Water Front area in the capital Port Louis.
The numerous radials for the 80m vertical are pulled together at the end of the trip. One of the main security companies on Mauritius is called "CQ-Tech"! Clive 3B8CW helps gather up several 10m fibreglass poles and lengths of coax.
Clive 3B8CW in his shack in Trou aux Biches, Mauritius, which is also the location of the 3B8CW RBN Skimmer. The roof of Clive 3B8CW's supports various antennas including a hex-beam, VHF antennas and a broadband HF skimmer antenna.
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