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NP2X US Virgin Islands flag US Virgin Islands

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NP2X works thousands of QSOs in contests.  Many of those contacted want QSL cards.  Unfortunately if sufficient return postage is not included (either SASE or green stamps) we are unable to return your QSL directly.  Cards received via the bureau (or with insufficient postage) will be answered via the bureau.  

Similarly, NP2X does not participate in any on-line QSO confirmation methods (e-Ham, QRZ, etc.) other than LoTW.  Station operating time (= working QSOs!!) is maximized by not using these services.  

Please QSL NP2X

PO Box 1074
Brackettville, TX 78832
Please call when you hear us in any contests. Look forward to working you!!

NP2X/b Beacon Information

Particulars about the beacon are:

  • Location: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
  • Grid: FK77pr
  • Frequency: 144.291 MHz
  • Elevation: 380 feet AMSL (115 meters AMSL)
  • Xcvr: Kenwood TR-751A
  • Amplifier: RF Concepts 160 watt, reduced to 100 watts for beacon operation
  • Antenna: 15 element yagi @ beam heading of 55 degrees (Portgual)
  • Beacon Reports: Please spot the beacon on the cluster if you hear it!!
  • QSLs: Please QSL via my manager: K5WW.

Rack mounted beacon assembly

More Information

The NP2X/b beaconwas graciously supplied, and is owned by, Dave Pedersen, N7BHC /PJ4VHF and Paul, AA4ZZ.  The beacon is deployed during tropo season from my neighbor's house.  It does not operate 100% of the time, but rather on-demand when conditions are favorable for trans-oceanic propagation.  This is due to the fact that electrical power is very expensive here - ~US$0.50/kWh.  

The purpose of the beacon is to act as an indicator for enhanced trans-oceanic ducting conditions. For an in-depth discussion of this phenomenon, please see


Dave has kindly constructed these beacons at his own expense and through various beacon “hosts”, such as myself, hopes to strategically place beacons like this around the Atlantic basin. (5T, CU, D4, EA8, St. Barts, V5,VP9 ZD7, ZD8 and ZD9) More information about Dave’s passion, please see his home page at:


The beacon antenna is pointed at Eruope (direction = Portugal) as an indicator of favorable conditions to permit North America to Europe VHF QSOs. It is hoped that ultimately this beacon will be an indicator of conditions favorable for the first North America to Europe QSO (non-satellite or EME), which will qualify for the Brendon Trophy. For an interesting discussion on this, please see


17°45'22.96"N, 64°44'22.60"W

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