Going through some cards today and found this one. I think this is another of the islands that "supposedly" will never allow another expedition. Did anyone besides me work this one back in 2008?
Quite a history for this stretch of land, during the Bay of Pigs, etc. etc. Do a wiki search for CIA - Swan Island, etc.
73, Gene AF3Y
I worked them and got my card also. I remember back in my teenager days when me and a buddy were SWL's. It was thrilling back then to read about the "mysterious" Swan Island. That was back during the height of the cold war. We lived in the last subdivision on the road to Oak Ridge (at that time) and many OR employees lived in the subdivision. On the way to Oak Ridge there were all these billboards with little government messages about secrecy. One I remember just showed a chess board with the players and just said "Check Mate".
And unbelievably my buddy one day dug up an old German Transceiver in his back yard. I still get shivers thinking about it. But the subdivision was an old cow field in WW2 and obviously at some point there was a German spy. The thing was all rusted out when he found it around 1970, but you could still make out the wording on the radio all in German.
That was some strange stuff back then and shortwave listening was really wild listening to all the worldwide broadcast stations and DX was Radio Yerevan and Radio Tashkent and Radio Pakistan, All India Radio. And the rantings of Radio Peking. I still have all my SW QSL cards from back then.
My parents got me a SW radio for my birthday one year. Soon afterwards I built a Knight Kit SW radio and I thought I was in hog heaven. Later I got a Realistic DX 160. I eventually used it to practice listening to code for my novice license.
All this was probably more info than anybody was looking for.