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St. Thomas, USVI

March 2011 CQ WW WPX SSB contest (NA-106)
I returned to the same villa I used in 2010 to win my category (SOSB 15m). The 2011 effort was SOSB 10m. A 3-element 10m yagi made from Buddipole parts was used as pictured below:

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I had a score of 129,762 from 355 QSOs and 178 prefix/multipliers. The US Virgin Islands (KP2) did not previously have a 10m SOSB QRP record so I hold that now (along with the 15m SOSB QRP record I set last year).

Prior to and after the contest I was on 10-20m SSB and PSK31. The bands other than 10m used a standard mini-Buddipole setup (with an extra couple of arms) mounted on an 8-foot shock-cord mast as shown below:
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Logs were uploaded to LoTW, eQSL, and ClubLog daily throughout the trip. QSL to my home call (I'm good on QRZ.com).

An audio sample from the contest (supplied by RIch, AB1HD) appears below. It is between me (KP2/NE1RD) and K2DLS at 22:17Z on 26 March 2011 as heard from Chelmsford, MA (Rich's home). It is getting late in the day and 10m is starting to get a bit ragged but I'm still readable.

NE1RD on CQ WW WPX

I was able to complete Worked All States from KP2 on this trip.
Use this form to find your calls in the KP2/NE1RD log and to request QSL cards.


St. Thomas, USVI

March 2010 CQ WW WPX SSB contest

The results from the contest were:
778 QSOs, 382 multipliers for a total of 639,086 points.
There was no previous 15m QRP single band record for the US Virgin Islands. I hold that now. (The previous record was 544,808.)
This I am now 3rd all-time in the world for this category.

The QSL cards have been printed. I am now fulfilling QSL requests.


Two element 15m beam made entirely from Buddipole parts. The first 50 or so QSOs during the antenna testing netted Hawaii, the Isle of Man, Poland, Italy, Slovenia, France, Germany, Romania, Sweden, and more. The antenna is mounted on an 8 foot mast. The deck is about 180 feet above sea level.


We returned to the US Virgin Islands March 23-31, 2010 for a little R&R and to participate in the CQ WW WPX SSB contest again. The villa, Seabright in Peterborg, is beautifully situated on a long peninsula on the Northern side of the island with a clear shot to both North American and Europe. This was a 100 Pound DXpedition and used Buddipole Antennas exclusively.

St. John, USVI

March 2006 ARRL DX SSB contest


The first official 100 Pound DXpedition was in March of 2007 to St. John in the US Virgin Islands for the ARRL DX SSB contest. We rented a villa with a guest house. The guest house was quickly converted into the radio shack (some shack!). My goals for the trip were modest: make 500 QSOs in the contest and have fun. I did both.
Not long after the trip I began to organize my thoughts for these efforts and documented them in my blog The 100 Pound DXpedition. The blog was finalized in late 2007 after nearly 400 entries.