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Six solar-cycles enjoying the ionospheric

radio-communications world

Then : Cycle 23 (2002)  SSN: 120 - Cycle 24 (2014)  SSN: 80

 Cycle 25 : 2026 (?) - SSN ??

( Bofff..., I will be probably out of the game ! Counting sun-spots from Sirius ... )



( since 1958 )



Early "fifties"

End of Cycle 18. Teenager and shortwaves-listener...

(with regen. home-made receivers)

I discovered some E & F layers mysteries. 

Mostly reading QST and George W3ASK in CQ Magazine.

That was at dawn of the today mythical "cycle 19"...

All that has been later a precious background knowledge

in my professional life. Thanks for all George.


It was a teenager-dream for me.

The BC-348 - US Air-Force "surplus".

( USAF B-17/B-24 bombers )


This one has been refurbished in France in 1955.

( Shame on me ! I added a dial to the tuning knob of this gem )


During year 1955, the historic "Morane-Saulnier" aircraft-company

gived me 15h aircraft-driving lessons on a two-seats Jodel D-11 like this one.

(Saint-Cyr l'Ecole, near Versailles)


I learned to use a broomstick before a steering wheel !

Unfortunately, my glorious pilot story ended with the military service ...

(where I don't learned to be a fighter-pilot, but how to use a Jeep steering wheel !) 


Late "fifties" - military service

( French "Armée de l'Air" )

- North-Africa -



Tuning S.F.R transmitters                                          Ready to fly (!)

(S.F.R : C.F. Thomson-Houston ancestor)


Flying !...

Nord-2501 famous "twin-tails" transport airplane.

BC-348 and SCR-522 (VHF) were instaled below the right corner of the pict.

(Thanks to pretty Sgt. Claudia F. for this Rolleiflex "6x6" picture ...)

Return from a long and hard mission.

Going directly to a barber-shop !

3 actuals serious "warriors" and a provisional one. (3d from left)


That was some months before my return to civil life

and my entry in the high tech. electronic industry.

(missiles radio-telemetry/telecontrol systems)


Avec une pensée pour les 25.000 gars de mon âge,

qui n'ont pas eu ma chance et ne sont pas revenus.





During "sixties" - on 20m band only.

With 25W AM and G.P., then 500W SSB and a monoband "quad".

Keys ?

Some serious, glorious, exotics, romantics, funnies, unusables,

prehistoric bronze, rag-time "woodized", gold or silver plated (?),

and more !...



From 1965 to 1970 

Several professional missions in French Polynesia

( long distance multi-points watching and numeric-telemetry system )



- Tahiti Island -

- Tautira -

Far from Papeete, the most remote and (still) genuine district in Tahiti island

- Faaone -

Vahinés fishing along a black-sand beach



- Hitiaa -


 "bamboo" ground-plane antenna  and a valiant HW 32-A

The call-sign was "adding" a 10db gain !


What else ?

- Moorea Island -

(Tahiti sister-island)


Kodachrome, Ektachrome ?  

Why ?



 Myrna paé miti Pao Pao

aíta péa péa

 the beautiful and true polynesian smile

- Pao Pao bay - 

(Baie de Cook)

Today, at this place, exist a tourist resort with bungallows, restaurants and so...

Gone with the wind  "



Pao Pao again

Return from deep-sea with a beautiful "mahi-mahi"

Seated and straped at rear of a little boat fighting near half an hour.

I was Ernest H. !

Desgraciadamente, años después, nunca fuí en Cuba a tomar un ron al "Floridita" .

Me suena como la Balada de Alberti, la de "El que nunca fué a Granada" ...


Tuamotu atolls, another world ..



Two ways to come or leave a "closed" atoll :

-  from a boat on deep-sea :

surfing with a polynesian dugout (see Moorea pict.) and

the "good wave" above the coral-reef.

Wandering sharks more than10' long are always waiting

along the ocean side of the reef !

Banzaï !

     -  from the sky :

directly to the lagoon with a seaplane.

I knew the two systems. I'm still alive ...

A rare and beautifull PBY "Catalina " taking-off "

(summer 2004 - Meeting at Biscarosse lake - France)

The "mine" was crude dural and was an ex. Pacific-War "old-warrior".

The pilot was a canadian-lakes old-timer - What else ?

Fly in this historic marvel was another "teenager-dream" for me.


 July 1970

Last departure from a lost paradise

With all the polynesian kindness around the neck.

Really the blues ...


aíta  ha'mo'é  té  fénua ...


Polynesian symbols

Famous Hinano beer - Uru eating a Tupapahu

Coral flower found anywhere ...


Then ?

I traveled professionally during 26 years

from home to Latino America.

Going here and there across the olds and mysterious

Aztec, Maya and Inca Empires

De Mexico a Buenos-Aíres.


- pueblito del altiplano peruano -

- Lago Titicaca -

(costa S.E. boliviana)

(alt. 3.900 m)

- en el fondo, a la izquierda, el Illimany y sus nieves eternas -

(alt. 6.500 m)


- La  Paz  -  

- Mercado del Alto - alt. 3.800m -

( 1975 )

 Y mucho más !

Tal como Antigua en Guatemala y sus volcanes Fuego y Agua,

Cartagena de las Indias o Caracas con su gente alegre y sus

amaneceres encantadores sobre el valle y las faldas del Avila ...

Pero eso sería otra historia ...

Abril 2000

En Caracas, último viaje...


No quiero acabar sin rendir homenaje a mi esposa quién,

desde el tiempo en el cual tomé esta primera  foto, siguió y

sigue aguantando mis trastes, cacharros,  fantasías y locuras.


- Quai de Montebello -

(Sept. 1954)

Veinte años en la hermosura de un fín de verano

en el maravilloso Paris de los años "cinquenta"


Today ...

Antennas ?

Pieces of wire under the roof, in the attic ... I am essentially a listener.

By the window of my shack, seeing to N.W along the short-pass to Polynesia,

I can imagine friends in Quebec, Great-Lakes, Rocky-Mountains, California,

Tahiti ...

With a little indoor Yagi ant. I can hear FO-29 satellite flying over Iceland.

Dreaming on a repeater droped on the Moon...

Maybe in another life ...




Hablé de "steering wheel" y olvidé de mencionar el de mi

"bella ragazza milanese" que sigue encantandóme luego de 27 años (!)


   A una amiga lejana,

   a sus sueños, alegrías y tristezas ...


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