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This will be my final post for our
Buddies in the Caribbean
Hope you have enjoyed all the photos
I'll be back soon with more
First ... Let me say thanks to Budd/W3FF for the invitation to St Lucia.
Thank you Guy/N7UN for all the countless hours you spent organizing the trip.
Finally... thanks to all the Ham's who waited in the pile-ups to work J6/N4LA and the J6 team.
This trip was with out a doubt, the most fun I've ever had as a Ham !! ...
and with 8 guys splitting the cost it didn't break the bank.
The 8 man team got along very well which actually surprised me.
Usually, there's always a bad apple in the bunch ... but not this time.
We gathered as 8 total strangers ...
We left as 8 lifetime friends !!
The Pile-ups were amazing at times ... and the overall experience was more than I had hoped for !!
We ended up with over 7500 qso's .... Operations were very casual with no pressure
If you ever get a chance to participate in a "Caribbean Buddies Dxpedition"...
Don't pass it by !!
I met an elderly English lady on St Lucia while we were exploring
Pigeon Island National Park who gave me some great advice ...
She said ...
Life is not a rehersal ... this is it
Enjoy it while you can !!
Don't pass up a opportunity to visit St. Lucia... The views are spectacular, and for Hams ... The propagation is amazing around the world. Thanks Budd and Chris for the invitation ... and thanks for the trip of a lifetime !!!
We recently discoverd that Bill/W7ZT can cook and do Laundry. He has been the villa chef for the week here on J6 Don't tell Bill's wife ... they have been married over 50 years... and she still doesn't know he cooks and cleans !!
Buddies in the Caribean... Pic of the day For those who worked Bill / W7ZT .... Here's a shot of Bill's Buddipole set-up. He has worked the world while walking, with a little Yaesu FT-817 at 5 watts !!
Pic of the day .... Here is a picture of what we call "The Rogue Wave Beach"...
We went down to set up for beach portable today... But the rogue wave struck again !!
Sorry guys maybe before the week is over
But let me tell you ... the beaches here are simply ... Amazing !!
73 de N4LA
We had a decent run on 15 SSB today, although 15 never really opened that well into Europe We were using a Buddipole vertical on the roof today for 15 meters I had lots of people in the states comment on how cold it was ... One guy in S. Florida even said they had frost down there overnight. As you can see in the picture above, we don't have that problem on St Lucia. We were near 90F today with wicked humidity !! One guy in N Dakota even offered to trade places with me !! I told him that I guess I would try and stick it out until we leave !! (Hi Hi) Thanks for all the qso's today guys and remember ... We'll be in the 10 meter contest this weekend as ... J6BP So if you need J6 on 10 meters here is your chance ... If propagation allows of course ... 73 for now de J6/N4LA
Todays J6 Pic shows Budd / W3ff getting ready to head out and operate mobile. Budd's using the NEW SHORTY COIL (available soon) and a cap hat on his mobile set-up. This little antenna is amazing !! We had much noise / qrn on most bands last night... 40 meter SSB had a S9 noise level while I was operating. Sorry if I missed some of you guys.....Guy had a great run on 80 cw last night. We plan to be on 160 tonight around 22:00 - 23:00 UTC ...if all goes as planned. Thanks for all the qso's
We are starting to get organized finally ... most of the villa antennas are up and running on the higher bands ... we hope to get antennas up for 60 and 80 this afternoon....and possibly 160 by tomorrow afternoon. Weather is amazing, with temps in the mid 80's ... and a nice ocean breeze. The picture above was taken this morning, while I was helping Guy/N7UN install antennsa for 17,20 and 30 meters.