Last year we had a blast operating from the beach and we are looking forward to doing the same and making it even better
this year. The group will camp out on the beach at Pigeon Point that weekend using Buddipole Antennae, Coax and bits and pieces supplied by a number of organizations and individual hams. We will be on the air all three days full time and the remaining 7 days from our shack as time permits.
Qsl route for J64SLi will be via WB5Q john, our website: http://j6portable.dageekz.com
So Budd and Chris and a whole crew were back at Chateau Devaux this December again from the 6th to the 14th! I went up on the Monday to assist with antenna erection. Met up with the crew, of course Budd J68FF (W3FF) was back, and with him: W2LNX Dave, K4ZGB Tom, N8WD Bryan, J68HF Chris, WB9OTX Jack, J68RL Rick (AA4W), W7DGP Larry . Once we started with antennae Budd realized he need a tripod or two more. Smart me forgot to put it all in the trunk, so I called Cyril J66SJ who obliged and passed at my home picked my buddipole stuff and brought it all the way up to the chateau. He met with all the guys also that afternoon brought Ernest J69Z around also. The only J6 Portable member who did not get a chance to meet up with the Buddipole crew was Ian j66cd due to work times.
December is also YOTA month ( http://ham-yota.com ) and we have two lovely young ladies who are learning about amateur radio and are active for this month with the call J62YOTA under supervision. They worked a few of the buddies and of course Budd has them in the log!
We had the buddies crew up to J69DS’ home for dinner on wednesday with the j6 Portable group. We had a load of fun. Dave managed to send a message using fldigi and msgwrap via olivia showing that messages can be send over great distances with 100% accurancy using digital modes. Dinner was prepared by Yasmin (j66sj xyl) and Filita (j69ds xyl) with drinks by the rest of the group.
It was a great pleasure to have J68RL Rick back on island, great guy and great operator.
All throughout the week everybody would pass by and say hello and spend some time with the buddipole group.
On Saturday they were invited by the amateur radio club for a dinner.
Sunday afternoon was the traditional day at chateau devaux and dinner with the guys. Monday was truly pack up and get ready to fly out. By midday “big” their taxi back to the airport was there for them to head out again, it was bye bye and the end of a great time and new friends made!
73 de j69ds Frans
November 7th had Joe and his crew land on Saint Lucia again. the whole team was: Joe, N7BF as J68KF; and Bill, AA4OC; Frank, KB7NJV; Russ, N7QR; Dave, N7DWL and Mac, WT4BT all as J6/call.
Of course the J6 Portable team went to Chateau Devaux to welcome the group and assist with antennae erection and all sorts of other little things. Of the J6 Portable group present were J66SJ Cyril, his xyl Yasmin and J62YOTA ops Journeii and Annique, J69DS Frans, his xyl Filita, J69Z Ernest, but Ian was at work and could not come that day.
All of the J6 Portable equipment and antenna were at the disposal of the group. We met and lunch was provided by Yasmin (j66sj xyl) and Filita (j69ds xyl) and we had a beautiful day with our friends indeed.
During the week Ernest J69Z had a few days off and took a few out to operate on the Pigeon Point Beach and also on Fort Rodney at Pigeon Point Park, also from the Morne Pavillion Park. Friday in Gros Islet was of course de rigeur! Ernset went with them and they had a fun evening there also. All in all they had a great week of fun operating and relaxing. Saturday morning came way to quick of course and time to break camp and head back was upon the group.
Looking forward to seeing the team again maybe next year? It is always a pleasure to be able to provide assistance to any Amateur Operator visiting our fair Helen of the West Indies!