Thursday, December 30, 2010

W8JOD ... is "Radio-Active" !!

I was on 40 meters last night, and worked John ( W8JOD ) is his 18 wheeler.
Man does he have a BIG SIGNAL from the mobile !!
Look at his QRZ Page and see why.
This Guy is indeed "Radio-Active" !!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Final J6 Blog Post

Click Here ..... For The J6 Slide Show
This will be my final post for our
Buddies in the Caribbean
Ultra-Light DXpedition
Hope you have enjoyed all the photos
I'll be back soon with more
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

J6 ...The Trip of a lifetime !!

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 !!

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

The White Jamaican and his posse

W3FF ... Budd's favorite Spot

We spent a bunch of time on 40, operating from the Gazebo..
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If you ever get a chance ............

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 !!!
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St Lucia ... Pigeon Island

Here is another view from Pigeon Island ...
The far peak was called Signal Hill, and was leased by the US Navy during WWII
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St Lucia ... An amazing place !!

Pic of the day ... This picture was taken from Fort Rodney on Pigeon Island
The only national park on St. Lucia
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Who's from Iowa ??

Gary has told us all week that he was born in Iowa ...
Looks like he found a relative at the St Lucia street party on Friday night !!
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W3FF ... Directing J6 Operations

L to R ....
J6/W3FF ... Budd
J6/ N4LA ... Todd
Stevie ... The Black Jamaican
J6/NX8L ... Gary
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J6 update ..Don't tell Bills wife !!

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 !!
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Mr Pile -up !!

Pancakes on J6 ....Here's a pic of Gary/NX8L...
getting ready to work a pile-up of pancakes !!
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N4LA... at the St Lucia Street Party

Hey Mon... The white Jamaican on the drums !!
Friday night we had a local street party... lots of cruise ship visitors and locals
The food here was amazing !!
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

J68UN / Guy

Here is Guy setting up for the 10 meter contest..
Most of you know him as N7UN
Guy, is our group coordinator ... and he's done an amazing job !!
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Top Gun ...J6/K8EAB ...Wey

Here is Admiral Wey-Bob on 30 meter CW ....
Running on Jet-Fuel Man !!
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J6/W4OKW ... Tom

Tom was our lone PSK31 op here on J6
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Friday, December 10, 2010

J6/W7ZT ... Pedestrian Mobile

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 !!
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Thers's a white Jamaican on J6 !!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mr. Pile-up !!

Here's Gsry J6/NX8L at the 17 meter op position ...
Up 5 .. Up 5
Spread-em out boys !!
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Here is Kent J6/K4MK working the pile-up on 15 !!
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J6 .. Amazing Beaches !!

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
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

J6/N4LA .. Running 15 Meters

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
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Our 17 meter Buddipole on J6

Pic of the day .... Here's Todd & Guy moving our 17 meter antenna around to work the USA... I'ts a standard Buddipole on a shockcord mast.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

W3FF... J6 Mobile

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
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Fun in The Sun ..We are on St Lucia

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.
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