went QRT at 1200Z on 31 March, with 2000 QSOs in the log. Nearly all
were on cw, on 10-40 m. Tropical QRN on 80 and 160 was consistently
S7-8, making it impossible to hear weak signals on those bands, in
spite of numerous attempts. Weather throughout the V31JZ operation
was good, with no rain, high temperatures between 30-32 C (85-90 F)
and comfortable light breezes. After leaving the Turneffe Islands,
Art and Dede (N7NUR) spent three days of R&R in Dangriga, in
southern Belize, before returning home at about 0730Z on 5 April.
All equipment worked well, and the overall operation was very
Thanks to all who stopped by for a QSO, and I appreciate the
patience of all, especially in pileups which at times were very
difficult to sort through.
I hope to have QSLs processed and mailed within a month, depending
on printing time. Direct and bureau QSLs to NN7A are both
acceptable. Please do not send bureau cards to the "V3
Bureau," as it does not exist so I will not receive any cards
73, Art, NN7A / V31JZ
Welcome to V31JZ's Belize DXpedition 2000!
The March 2000 DXpedition to Belize marks the eighth time Art Phillips
(NN7A) has operated as V31JZ from this beautiful Central American country
since 1987. This visit is Art's third to the Turneffe Islands (NA-123),
the previous operations there occurring in 1996 and 1999. In 1993, Art and
Mike Sharp (V31RL/NG7S) were the first hams to operate from another Belize
island, South Water Caye, NA-180.
Art will operate solo from the Turneffe Flats Resort, the same QTH used in
the 1999 DXpedition, from 26-31 March 2000. Listen for him mostly on CW,
160m-10m, with some SSB operation on 20/15m IOTA frequencies (14260/21260 kHz)
around 1400-1700 UTC.
Equipment will include a barefoot TS-50 (100 watts) with long-wire and vertical antennas.
South Water Caye,
This page was last updated on 04/06/00.