N7BT Joe and friends were back!

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!



a 40 m Vertical at J69DS’

Today J6 Portable Group assisted J69DS Frans in setting up a home brew 40 meter full size vertical at his qth..

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Suffice it to say in true J6 Portable Group fashion it was a success with loads of fun!

KC2SWB Martin and Jackie were here!

Quote by Martin KC2SWB:
We had a great time in St. Lucia. Probably best days of almost 52 years of living. Highly recommend Sandals Halycon.
Before we went away, I checked my logbook.  My only contact was a J69DS…Frans.  I emailed Frans and asked for “local knowledge”.  He told me the places that we should not miss.
Early in my trip, I spoke with J66CD, Ian…who helped me setup a day and time to meet J69DS at Sandals Halycon’s lobby.  At that meeting, along with Frans’s family…I also got to meet J69Z. (See attached picture 057.jpg) Left to right…
Frans Jr, J69Z,KC2SWB,Jackie, Filita xyl of J69DS and J69DS.
Frans invited us to his home on Saturday night for dinner and drinks. Ernest picked us up at 5 pm to drive us to Frans’s home.  As we began the drive, Ernest pointed up to the top of a mountain…he said… “That’s where Frans lives.”
Well…in the end…we were up at 1,115 feet above sea level.
Frans’s deck, on which we ate, overlooks the island of Martinique…and much of the NW corner of Saint Lucia. ( Including Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island. ) 
Filita cooked up a delious meal, all with local taste and flavor.  The local beer, Piton…was cold and went down easy. Ian, J66CD and his wife Ophilicia, also joined us for dinner and drinks. 
That night was beautiful.  We laughed alot.  We seemed to be in the most beautiful place on earth.  Warm…seemed like we could reach out and touch a star.  Lights of town glowing below us…with lights of Martinique off in the distance. Jackie made a comment about “not understanding HAM radio.”  Ernest made a statement, that if it was not for HAM radio…Jackie nor myself would not have been blessed with this night.  People that come on cruises…or just go to Sandals…do not get to do what we did that night.  We had a great time.  We made friendships that will last forever. Jackie finally understands HAM radio.  It’s not just radio’s and antennas…it’s the people we touch at the other end of our signal…that matters. I hope I can reciprocate, the hospitably of the “J6 group.”
The guys on St. Lucia, like portable operations.  “J6 Portable” …main players J69DS, J69Z and J66CD.  They try to get on the air each Sunday. 10 meters thru 40 meters.  Look for them when you are on the radio.  Great group!
And if you want to see Saint Lucia through their eyes visit their Flickr album