Holiday in The Cook Islands
From 4 to 12 January 2016 I operated from the south-east corner of Rarotonga during a family holiday. Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands and was a wonderful place to relax and enjoy some of the best the South-Pacific has to offer.
My call-sign was E51JNH and operating conditions were an FT-991 transceiver running 100W into a shortened G5RV (via an LDG YT-1200 external tuner) strung up between a few coconut palms on the beach.
Rarotonga is in the middle of the South Pacific, almost as equidistant from the equator as Hawaii, on a similar meridian of longitude.
The island is rather small, with the perimeter road running just on 32 km. The Cook Island people are absolutely wonderful, with a friendly welcome to all visitors.
Apart from amateur radio, there is plenty to do: swimming, snorkelling, diving, fishing, hiking, sampling local cuisine, enjoying traditional Polynesian culture and relaxing on the beach.