Independence Camp 2016
Planning for the annual Independence Camp started early o’clock with location and duties assigned. This year we are marking the 37th year of independence for our Island State: Saint Lucia. It is the fourth time we are camping and working a special call to commemorate the event.
We were very lucky last year that everybody was fully available for camp. Full time this time around were J66SJ Cyril and J69DS Frans while J66CD Ian spent one evening with us. J69Z Ernest joined on the Sunday. Also, we had the honour of J68SL Steve (WF2S) gracing us on the Saturday till close to sunset.
Saturday morning we departed from our homes at 4 am to go setup camp! Arriving on campsite we were quite a crew. Cyril and his XYL Yasmin with the YOTA ladies Annique and Journeii and their Grandparents, along with Frans and XYL Filita were all present. Setup started promptly so by ten-ish mostly all tents and antennae had been setup and by then we had Steve on site. J69DS started on ten meters with the special call J64SLI (J64 Saint Lucia Independence). We worked some Europe stations and Sate side of course was there. After a bit, we let Steve run the radio on ten and he had some good fun running the special call indeed. This allowed for us to complete the antennae setup for 20 and 15 meters. Also permitting Cyril to get all the fires in the “kitchen“ going for the chefs. This year the food was excellent thanks to Yasmin and Filita with the help of Yasmin’s mom whom spent the day with us! We ate way too well and way too much!
Early evening we saw Steve off; he was heading back to Anse Chastanet, so a long drive. We worked some 15 meters also and in the evening we worked 40. Rather J66CD Ian did the honours and ran a huge pile up on 40 for many hours. Cyril took over from him afterwards, whilst Frans kinda chilled and caught an hour of zz’s. We remained on 40 mostly all night and well into the morning.
Ernest joined us on the Sunday and he ran the pile up on 15 and 20 for most of the afternoon. All during the week we ran the j64SLI call on phone and rtty allowing the digital ops to also have a shot at it (something we did not manage last year).
So all in all, camp was fun as always and hopefully next year we can have the full crew on hand again, and even more. We extended the invitation to all local hams also and will do so again next year….