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QSL: SK December 15, 2014

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 Carl Cook SILENT KEY Dec 15, 2014

 

 

If you are looking for a place to run DX or operate mid-year contests, we are making our new QTH on the island of Aruba available from April  through October.  

For information, please see http://www.p49v.com

Here's a brief history of AI6V's adventures in Aruba:

After learning a bit about DX contesting from KH6, VP2M, VP9 and 6Y5, I went down to Aruba to operate the ARRL SSB contest as P40V from P43GR's location in 1986.  In '87, I returned to P43GR's for the ARRL.  I rented a large house in the old oil refinery to do CQWW phone with a handful of friends and we placed 2nd world multi-multi.  Being close to victory in CQWW '87, K7SS helped me secure ICOM's help for Team ICOM, to go back in 1988, for a full bore multi-multi effort.  We had ICOM radios, clothing, QSL cards, awards to operators who worked us on multiple bands and some advertising around the effort.  Alpha sponsored us with amplifiers.  We set a new world record on SSB and came in 2nd in CW.  I returned in '89 to set the multi-single record in CQWW SSB with N6BT, VE7NKI, and WA6VEF (now VA7RR).   I also won the ARRL 10 meter while on that trip.

After these pleasant operating and visiting experiences, I bought an old, beat up wreck of a house in '90, repaired it and put up a station in '91.  I won lots of contests, set some records, got the permanent P49V call and had lots of friends come down and operate with me.  When I developed a heart problem in 2001, I sold the house to AE6Y and W6LD. 

The heart doctors got me feeling better, so back I went to Aruba in '08 and bought a new, unfinished house.  With the help of P43A and my wife, Sue, AI6YL/P40YL, we whipped the place into shape, put up three towers and got another Aruba location up and running.  Sue, having been bitten by the RTTY bug, now has her own station, so she can make all those squeally sounds to her heart's content.  I, being a little low on suds, have turned my efforts to trying to learn CW and do a few single band efforts and a little DXing.  I have a couple of passports with more Aruba stamps than I can believe and have had a LOT of fun being a P4 on "One Happy Island."

 

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