St. John, US Virgin Islands, KP2

March 2006
I packed up my first 100 Pound DXpedition destined for St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Except, well, it might have been a little more than 100 pounds. We traveled as a combination family vacation and DXpedition for the ARRL International DX contest SSB. The flat roof of the guest house, and the isolation of it from the main house, made the small building ideal for operating.

Buddipole antennas were used for the high bands (20m-10m), a fiberglass mast holding up a wire vertical served as the 40/15m antenna, and a second fiberglass mast held up an 80m sloping vertical.

I made only 500 QSOs, but I learned quite a bit from this trip, and used those new insights for planning the Montserrat trip the following year.
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Guest house used as the radio shack on St. John, NA-104


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Our flight came into St. Thomas so we had a short boat ride to St. John.

Yeah, we're still working on the weight limit. I might have only had 100 pounds of radio gear, but we still had more than we needed.

Operating from a nice guest house with air conditioning, a pool just steps from the door, and a comfortable desk was hardly "rouging it."


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Working the pileup

It isn't all work on these trips

Shack on St. John at dusk