My XYL, Kathy, and I just got back from Ambergris Caye, Belize at an incredible QTH on the water looking east to the Caribbean www.wataviewbelize.com. As V31SJ/QRP, I scored over 150 contacts in very limited operatng time...too much exploring, diving, snorkling, hanging out at the pool and the obligitory shopping! We were there with two of our sons with and their wife/girlfriend + members of her famiy....10 in all, so not time to operate, BUT WHEN I DID, I had 4 continents - lots of good DX....all with ONE WATT, most of the time on 20, FIVE WATTS on 15. It was a wonderful, surprising experitence to work 4Z1, followed immediately by ZL1 and UR4...all at a good rate...I just couldn't stay on :-)
Kathy and i made a quick trip to Grand Cayman in July, 2013, around the CQWW VHF contest. We hung for a few days before the contest at seven mile beach and did some diving...Kathy was not certified, but had a terrific "resort" dive - she did very well. I operated my call, ZF2EZ again at the club station, ZF1E (Andrew Eden, ZF1EJ's QTH) for the contest - it was a bust for me, but had a great time with Andrew and many of the club members who I fremembered from our visit in 2011.
In July, 2012 - VP2MSJ repeat but this time with Bob, now, VP2MUQ. Looking again to rock 'em in the CQWW VHF contest, the good folks at M2 sent me a 6M7JHV for the contest. We wrestled it together and it worked great but to no avail...the e-skip Gods deserted us for the contest but an hour after, here came the Q's rolling in from the East coast and as west as Texas. Great time with David and Clover at their wonderful place, Gingerbread House. This was after our 2011 effort atZF2EZ with ZF2UQ, my Elmer,Bob, W5UQ. We had a blast! The CQ WW VHF Contest was much better than 2012 and better than 2010 atV31SJ and the year before at VP2MSJ's first effort. We operated at the very comfortable club station in Savannah, ZF1EJ. Station manager, Andrew Eden was most helpful in getting all of the information on the station, what we need, where to stay and was a great host.
My XYL, Kathy, and I live in Indian Shores, Florida (Tampa Bay area) where we operate a vacation rental management company. We still have a home in Arkansas where the main operating is done. I am on the air with a modest station - ICOM 756 PRO III and R5 over the water of Boca Ciega Bay. It works pretty darn well over that salt water. We hope to spend time in both places, soon and this fall will be working on antenna project in Arkansas QTH...can't wait.
I have held calls in a dozen or so Caribbean locations, including my favorite, VP2EJ, plus a great time two years running operating the same top band contest from the shack at, Andre's, PY0FF, Fernando de Noronha. The trips both included spending time with one of the nicest guys in South America, PY1RO, Rolf, and his dear lady of a wife, Sonia, in Rio de Janeiro!!
In spite of the fact that I am active very little most of the year,I try to stay active in DX circles. I am a past president of the Lone Star DX Association, past president of the Arkansas DXA and a member of the Mid Florida DXA. I hold DXCC # 1. I also play with radios that glow in the dark!
Pix is from 160 meter CQ WW CW contest in 2003 from PR0F at the shack of Andre, PY0FF
Jay, W5JAY, is QSL manager for past DX-ploits. All QSL's from any of my modest DX-ploits go to Jay.
73 es gl, de Bill, W5SJ/4
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