The "Buddies in the Caribbean" DXpedition group which specializes in 100 watt or less low power radios and the Buddipole portable antenna systems is back again to St Lucia (J6) on Dec 5 – 13, 2010. The north shore Villa location was magnificent on our first visit in Feb 2010 and we want to demonstrate "ultralite" dxpeditioning into magnificent "vista" locations, operating a field portable battery-only radio with backpackable, lightweight antennas and most of all "having fun" with a new group of operators.The eight operators are: Budd/W3FF, Guy/N7UN, Wey/K8EAB, Bill/W7ZT, Todd/N4LA, Kent/K4MK, Gary/NX8L, and Tom/W4OKW. There will be 3 villa stations in operation on 160-10m using CW, SSB, and RTTY. At the same time, several teams will be battery-only, field portable either from St Lucia beaches or scenic mountain tops. They group is applying for a unique J6BP callsign for the ARRL 10m contest on Dec 11-12th. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or mail to the operator’s home callsign (SASE required).
The group goal will be to work stations from all over the world using Buddipole antennas and other newly-developed Buddipole antenna accessory products. The Buddipole antenna system is designed to be a lightweight and versatile way to put an efficient station on the air in minutes in almost any terrain. By utilizing an interchangeable series of custom-made components, the user is able to configure dozens of antenna designs optimized for their particular operating needs. The group in St Lucia expects to operate dipoles in various configurations, verticals, vertical beams, mini-yagis, and other antennas only using Buddipole parts. Several new products will make their debut including a lightweight rotor, super capacity power supply, LiFePo4 battery packs, folding capacity hats, and shockcorded masts.