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CS5DFG is the call sign of the very old Portuguese Frigate named "D. Fernando II e Gloria".

This very old Frigate is the Portuguese Navy last big sailing ship and is also the last vessel that performed the "India Run". She was built at the Royal Shipyards of Damão, a former Portuguese colony in India, and was launched to sea at October 22nd , 1843. The Frigate received her name as a tribute to Fernando the Saxe Coburg Gotha and to his wife, Queen Maria II.

She is the world fourth oldest ship in her class and de fifteenth over the world. During the 33 years that she sailed, the "D. Fernando", as she was known, proved to be a well-found and extreemely usefull ship, having made numerous voyages to India, Mozambique anda Angola to transport military units of the Army and Navy to those former portuguese territories, in addition to colonisers and exiles who were usualy accompanied by their families.

After profound restoration and reconstruction, operations performed between the years 1992 and 1998, the Frigate is since then a museum-ship, now anchored at Cacilhas dockyard close to River Tagus inf front of Lisbon.

Apart from the equipment of a 19th century sailing ship, the reconstruction of the scenes of life aboard make possible for the visitors to fully understand how life on board a Frigate of that time was.

The "Núcleo de Radioamadores da Armada- NRA" [CS5NRA] owns and maintain an onboard station with the call sign CS5DFG under its responsability.

Usualy this station goes on the air and - if requested - award all stations who contact it. see www.nra.pt/cs5dfg

If any special event is ongoing, usually an Award is attributed to the stations who contact this onboard station. For this ocasional purpose, information will be given at www.nra.pt

CS5DFG QSL Service is to follow exactly the same intructions as for CS5NRA

Our best regards



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