8P – St. Philip, Barbados

Dates: 20 to 28 November 2012

Callsign: 8P9DF

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8P9, 8P9DF, St. Philip, Barbados, Amy Beam, Surfsorg, Bridgetown, 160 dipole, all-band verticial Ham shack,radio dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, JT65, FT8, RTTY

Here is the house called Surfsong. It is offered to hams for rent via Amy Beam. As you can see it’s a very big house. Plenty of room for our party of 4.

The location is on the Eastern Side which faces the Atlantic Ocean. It is quiet and far away from all the tourist items. You really need a car to get around. Bring a GPS if you have one, the roads are poorly marked (that is an understatement, they are not marked at all).

The ham shack is very nice and air conditioned (the only room in the house that is). There is always plenty of Ocean breeze to keep the rest of the house tolerable.


Arriving


DXp as 8P9DF, in St. Philip, Barbados.

Our First Glimpse at Barbados

Bridgetown- The Capitol City

 WJ2O dxpedition as 8P9DF, in St. Philip and Bridgetown, Barbados.
Barbados Airport. WJ2O dxpedition as 8P9DF, in St. Philip and Bridgetown, Barbados.

Jet Blue
Got us here

Airport arrival Lounge. A very new and modern airport.

 WJ2O at Barbados airport arrival for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown,
Bulkletin board at Barbados airport arrival for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown,

Relax, instructions from Republic Bank

Out Front. Here’s where we got our rental car and waited for our other party.

Rental car at at Barbados airport arrival for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown, Barbados.

Rental House


 MY siste and my xyl having a coffe art the proch.

Coffee on the Ocean. This is my sister Teresa enjoying a relaxing morning java with my XYL on the villa porch.

Grocery checkout.A very short drive from the rental is this modern and well supplied grocery store.

 WJ2O at Barbados for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown, Barbados.
 DXp house. WJ2O at Barbados for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown, Barbados.

House. From left to right: 160m dipole, all band vertical, internet transceiver, tri-bander.

Base of the 160 dipole.
This is the only antenna that worked.

160 mt antenna. WJ2O at Barbados for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown, Barbados.
Vertical antenna base. WJ2O at Barbados for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown, Barbados.

Base of the Vertical.
Although this antenna turned well on all bands, it didn’t play.

Hi Jose! A shout out to Jose, N4BAA.

 WJ2O saying hi to N4BAA at Barbados for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown.

Beautiful Beaches


 Beautiful beach, WJ2O at Barbados for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown.

It not hard to find a beach

Nice beaches are everywhere

Beach. WJ2O in Barbados for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown.
 WJ2O at Barbados for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown.

Many are private and secluded.


Departure


Darn, and it’s time to go home.

Barbados airport again, WJ2O as 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown.
Dave and XYL at Barbados airport for 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown.

Back on the airplane. Here is my wife Chris all smiles as we’re well rested and heading back home.

Sad to come home.
Here is the snow in my driveway I drove through to get to my garage.

Back home after being 8P9DF DXP in St. Philip and Bridgetown. Barbados

8P9DF QSL Card Front

8P9, 8P9DF, St. Philip, Barbados, Amy Beam, Surfsorg, Bridgetown, 160 dipole, all-band verticial Ham shack,radio dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters

8P9DF QSL Card Back

8P9, 8P9DF, St. Philip, Barbados, Amy Beam, Surfsorg, Bridgetown, 160 dipole, all-band verticial Ham shack,radio dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters

QSL By
KB3IFH

A U.S. ham who also resides in Barbados made all the arrangement for my license. He is a friend of the owner of the property we rented.

Click here for the full 8-page license

Below is a one page receipt that you are given . . .

Barbados telecomunicactions unit license, as 8P9DF in St. Philip, Barbados.

Trip Statistics Report

Equipment:

Operating 8p&DF in Barbados with Elecraft K3 Transceiver and 160 Meter Dipole

Elecraft K3 TransceiverToshiba Satellite Laptop
160 Meter Dipole and the K3’s tuner

We didn’t have very good luck with the antennas. I know how hard it is to maintain antennas especially in the salty Caribbean so I don’t want to be too critical. However, I do want to explain why my score was very mediocre. The tri-bander was totally out of commission. The vertical tuned perfectly on all bands however nobody heard me. I switched to the coax fed 160m dipole which is up about 35 to 40 feet at the center and heard more stations. So, this was my only antenna for the week with the K3 tuning to the coax.

Even though this was not the optimum contesting set-up, I still had plenty of stations to work and had an enjoyable time.

CWWWCW Score summary sheet, world wide contest, single- op, power, 8P9, 8P9DF, St. Philip, Barbados, Amy Beam, Surfsorg, Bridgetown, 160 dipole, all-band verticial Ham shack,radio dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander

My wife and I flew Jet Blue Airlines from Syracuse to JFK. There we had to switch to the international terminal to take Jet Blue to Barbados.

8P9, 8P9DF, St. Philip, Barbados, Amy Beam, Surfsorg, Bridgetown, 160 dipole, all-band verticial Ham shack,radio dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander

Nothing like a little Irish whiskey for breakfast while waiting for your flight.

JFK tarmac, 8P9, 8P9DF, St. Philip, Barbados, Amy Beam, Surfsorg, Bridgetown, 160 dipole, all-band verticial Ham shack,radio dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander

Here’s our aircraft waiting at the Gate on the JFK tarmac.

Customs:
It was a typical Caribbean airport scene: many planes landing at the same time, immigration was busy, and the baggage handlers were in a big hurry to get to the next passenger. This can work in your favor as the customs people tend to feel sorry for the baggage handlers so they don’t ask a lot of questions about your bags (assuming your bags look “normal”).