Saturday, November 27, 2010

Back to J6/St Lucia Dec 5-13th

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).  For more current information, see our J6 website.  Hope to work you!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

News Release June, 2010:

The Old Goats DXpedition team (wG0AT, N7UN and including Rooster and Peanut!) are planning our 3rd Colo 14er "special event" activation of of a Colorado 14er this August 8th, 2010 using our 2009 callsign of N0B. After setting a "first" for a QRP HF out-of-state, 14er-to-14er qso in 2008 (Mt. Whitney, CA to Uncompaghre, CO), this time we hope to make a 3-way, summit QSOs between two California peaks and our yet-to-be-selected Colorado peak. The Colorado team will hike into a high base camp on Friday and setup QRP antennas for Friday and Saturday radio fun. Then at 4 am, Sunday, we will start the summit climb with a goal of an 8 am summit activation using special event callsign N0B. At the same time, several operators (Brian/N6IZ for sure) will be climbing Mt. Shasta and several others are looking at Mt. Whitney. Anybody that might be interested in participating even if its basecamp activities in support of the climbing teams, please contact Guy/N7UN. You can get updated information at http://n0b-14er.blogspot.com Hope to work you!

Friday, April 09, 2010

What started out to be a simple beach activation of this historic Marconi site turned into a great adventure. A group of QRPers including Pi/K1RV, Steve/wG0AT, Chris/W6HFP, and Guy/N7UN activated this site on March 11 pm and March 12 am. Operation included 160m QRP, and 80m through 17m QRO on March 12th using the historic early Marconi callsign, W1M. Because of some fortuitous circumstances, we are staying overnight at the USCG Station at Marconi Beach and will have access to a wire dipole hung from a 90' site tower.

We had a blast and it was great to learn the history of Marconi's efforts from Whitey/K1VV and Ranger Barbara/N1NS and a visit to the National Park Headquarters to see an original spark gap transmitter and reciever. This is an original site picture in the 1910's.   The beach "dropoff", due to beach erosion, is now back to the rear tower footings which is all that remains of the original installation.  By the way, those towers were made of wood and were 200 ft tall!

Thanks to all we worked as W1M. See http://www.qrz.com/db/W1M for QSL and more information.  See Steve's/wG0AT great video of this operation, original site pictures and a "demo" of a spark gap transmitter!

Thursday, April 01, 2010


St Lucia (J6) and the Climb of Pitit Piton

Wow! What a great week in the Caribbean paradise of St Lucia. Chris/W6HFP, Steve/wG0AT, and myself "left the villa everyday" for beach, vista locations, or mountain-topping field HF portable operations. We rented some mountain bikes which let us explore nearby local beaches but one day we drove the 60km south to Soufriere to climb Pitit Piton, the classic photographer's icon of St Lucia. WHY you ask? The bottom line: I'm an adventure junkie...coupled with the desire to HF activate "memorable" locations! Crazy? Yes, but it was "more than fun!" See the wG0AT video of this "extreme QRP adventure!" The weather was perfect up top since the wind was blowing over the top of us. We spent two hours making contacts primarily with Eu and the US. Memorable...you bet! See our mini-dxpedition website for more information about St Lucia, our villa, and obtaining ham radio licenses.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Feb 2010 to St Lucia (J6)

How lucky can a guy get? I'm off to St Lucia with the BuddiPole Dxpedition team Feb 2-11th. The goal is the same as last years FS/PJ7/PJ6 effort, that is, to "operate battery field QRP portable from beaches, mountain tops, and other vista locations". After a lengthy license application process, we all received authorizations to operate under the ITU designator J6/homecall. See our website for more detailed information or our blogsite for day-by-day detail. This is gonna be another great hamradio adventure!