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YEAR LICENSED: 2013 (General Class), 2012 (Novice Class)

HOBBIES: DXing,  Electronics, Hiking,  Environmental  Conservation, Sustainable Energy Usage and  attending  a hamfete (when ham radio operators  gather for  a  little  fete).

WELCOME  to my BAREFOOT STATION on the CARIBBEAN (West Indies) ISLAND of SAINT LUCIA. The area of Saint Lucia is 616 square kilometres (238 sq. miles) with a population of 169115 persons. The Caribbean's famous twin peaks and World Heritage Site called The Pitons are on the west coast of Saint Lucia.The world-famous Marigot Bay is a few kilometres north of the Pitons.

TRANSCEIVERS: Yaesu FT-857D and  Baofeng UV-5X3

POWER  OUTPUT METER: LDG  FT-Meter with  12V fused power supply  made from Yaesu  CT-62 CAT Interface cable.

ANTENNA: BUDDIPOLE Portable Antenna System- L shape antenna configurations for mono-band or penta-band use.

POWER SUPPLY: Smart battery charger with two (2) of  A123's ALM 12V7 Lithium Ion batteries  in a 1S2P configuration.


I use a portable L antenna because it does not have a big footprint (when compared with a half-wave horizontal dipole) making it suitable for use in areas where space is limited. Secondly the L has both vertically and horizontally polarized radiation.

The L was erected with the Versatee crosspiece mounted about 1.95 m (6.4 feet) above the ground and was configured with antenna arms and/or telescopic whips with the horizontal whip at  90 degrees  to  the vertical  whip.

I use  the L antenna  configuration on  the 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m and 2m  bands.


I  have  begun experimenting with my  Penta-band  Buddipole  antenna and  construction details are  available on  the Yahoo  Buddipole  Users  Group (BUG).  Please  e-mail   me  for  full  construction details.


10 m band

My antenna impedance and SWR, as measured by an antenna analyzer, were as follows;

Impedance Z= 50.2 ohms  Resistance R= 50.2 ohms , Reactance X= 2.0 ohms.
SWR was 1.04:1 at 28.850 MHz.



15 m band

My antenna impedance and SWR on the 15m band were as follows;

Impedance Z=47.5 ohms, Resistance R=47.5 ohms, Reactance X= -2.0 ohms.
SWR was 1.07:1 at 21.225 MHz



20m  band

My antenna impedance and  SWR  on the 20m band was  as  follows;

Impedance Z=42.1 ohms, Resistance R=41.0 ohms, Reactance  X= -9.4 ohms

 SWR was 1.33:1  at 14.175 MHz



6m band

I use the L antenna for the "Magic Band."

My antenna impedance and SWR on the 6m band were as follows;

Impedance Z= 44.7 ohms, Resistance R= 44.7 ohms, Reactance X=2.1 ohms.
SWR was 1.13:1 at 52.000 MHz


Buddipole Versatee Crosspiece, Antenna Arms and Coax Cable Assembly.


Buddipole L Antenna.



 Penta-band  antenna.


 Penta-band   Antenna.


Modified  multiband L antenna  mounting  assembly for Buddipole coils-Top View


Modified multiband L antenna mounting assembly  for  Buddipole coils- Side View


Buddipole  Penta-band  Parts.



1.5 inch male NPT to 0.5 inch male NPT  PVC mast adapter assembly   for  Buddipole Versatee.


Buddipole 6m and 2m  Dual-band  L  antenna.


Buddipole  20m, 6m and 2m  Tri-band  L  antenna.


Buddipole Triband L-Antenna backyard activation



Yaesu   CT-62 CAT Interface Cable integrated  with  Fused  12V  Power Cord  for  LDG  FT-Meter and FT-857D Radio.

Shoulder  Strap  Homebrew  Brackets for  Yaesu  FT-857D fitted with  Yaesu  Belt  Hooks (P/N  RA0276400)

Shoulder Strap  Homebrew  Brackets  for  Yaesu  FT-857D with  Matte Black  Spray  Finish

Shoulder strap (Yaesu P/N S6000397)   and  homebrew brackets  mounted  on  FT-857D


The  Pitons of   Saint Lucia


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United States Counties Award#240
Granted: 2016-07-19 01:07:09   (J69AH)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#7055
Granted: 2015-03-16 12:05:05   (J69AH)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
Grid Squared Award#5623
Granted: 2015-03-12 01:05:03   (J69AH)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
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