St. Kitts, V4

October 2007
On the flight back from Montserrat we overflew a couple of islands that looked wonderful. They were St. Kitts and Nevis. I wanted to do a follow-up trip after the success of Montserrat, and without much research selected these small islands.

I patterned this trip much like the one to St. John, and even brought a small triband antenna for 10m-15m-20m in hopes of making my 100 watt signal just a little louder in the CQ WW SSB contest.

As it turns out, the Boston Red Sox were playing for a second world championship while we were on the island, so there was some extra excitement on Sunday night when the contest was over.
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Scott, V4/NE1RD operating from the island of St. Kitts in the CQ WW SSB contest


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Above: Still taking too much stuff. You can see the luggage behind Sandy in the background. It was this trip that I finally figured out how I would beat the bloat on my next trip.

Left: The Mosley triband antenna is mounted on its painter's pole which was lashed to a roof support. Two fiberglass fishing poles hold up the low-band antennas. As it turns out, I made almost no low-band contacts.


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With all the time setting up, operating, and tearing down again, it might have been easy to forget that this was also our family vacation. The property was beautiful, bordering a golf course, with the ocean in the background, and our own private pool.


Results

Band QSOs Zones Countries
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160: 0 0 0
80: 1 1 1
40: 7 4 7
20: 115 16 44
15: 238 14 31
10: 24 7 8
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Total: 385 42 91 Total Score = 79,800
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Audio
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Audio from pre-contest warm-up from St. Kitts on 20m phone. Contacts are with: KR4RO, W8DYF, IZ7BFR, IZ7GIT, F5OTZ, and OK1DIB

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