Caribbean DX vacation #3 November'05
IOTA: NA104 GL: FK87
23-24 Nov. St. Kitts / 25-26 Nov. Nevis
Windfall operation by Hurricane
Due from Hurricane Wilmer's aftermath, we could not go to Cuncun for family
Thus I proposed altanate destination to St. Kitts & Nevis which was approved by family
Target and plan
V4 is rare entitiy on RTTY especially for JAs (AA5AU wanted survey 2005:
So I concentrated on RTTY as much as possible.
I thought operation from hotel room balcony with portable equipment had
requested Earl Francis, V44NEF in Nevis for my guest operation from his
I could contact him in advance and he kindly accepted this request.
Kenwood TS-480 (200w)
Yaesu FT-100 (100w/backup but not used fortunatelty)
SGC MAC-200 (autotuner/200W)
Buddipole ( 40-10m portable dipole on tripod )
Super antenna YP-2 ( 2ele, but there was no space for 2 element setup hi.
11/23-24 Marriott Hotel, St. Kitts
11/25-26 Four Seasons Hotel, Nevis
11/26-27 V44NEF Shack in Nevis
Total 1,257 QSOs including 195 RTTY (84 JA RTTY QSOs).
V47/AB2RF All QSOs Total: 1,257(below + MM 1)
Thank you all for calling and working me.
There was a cluster comment that the signal was so weak but please see
the balcony dipole
in the V4 Photos page and you can understand the difficulty to make good
signal form there.
Still I would call this a success on 500 QSOs with EUs on CW/RTTY from
Highlight is 80+ RTTY JA QSOs from V44NEF Earl's shack in this low sunspot
I would like to ask DXers arranging Caribbean DXpeditions to keep attention
to JA opening
for 21-00Z on high bands and 8-12Z on low bands.
With special thanks to Cap. Earl Francis, V44NEF to make this micro DXpedition
FB DX 73 de Kan, AB2RF
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