9Y – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Dates: 25 to 30 November 2015

Callsign: 9Y4/WJ2O

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Going to an island and not sure where to operate? No problem, just stick up an antenna anywhere.

I always pack a couple of counterpoise wire coils cut for a quarter-wave at each ham band.

I’m never quite sure what I’m going to encounter at each new location but I try to make the best of it. I ask the hotel for an upper floor and if the handrail is metal that makes the best signal.

9Y4, 9Y4/WJ2O, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, 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, yagi, low bands, warc


The Station


Station set-up at 9Y4/WJ2O, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago for the CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, 160 dipole

Getting set-up before leaving. This is what the equipment looks like in my garage before packing up.

Station working at 9Y4/WJ2O, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Everything works. It’s always nice when you get everything in place and it works!

Vertical tarheel antenna at )Y4/WJ2O, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, 160 dipole

The antenna. Here’s the Tarheel II attached to the hotel top floor balcony.


The Hotel


Hotel at 9Y4/WJ2O, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, 160 dipole

Front desk. This is the Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad. It is also known as the “upside down hotel” because the floors are numbered backwards. We were on the 1st floor which is the top floor at 8 stories up.

View from the hotel balcony in Trinidad and Tobago

View from the Hotel
You can see downtown Port of Spain from the hotel balcony.

Dead bands at 9Y4/WJ2O, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, 160 dipole

Dead band medicine. When band conditions are not that good you can always take your honey to the wine bar.


Mandatory Ham Radio Poses


Dauer at 9Y4/WJ2O, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, 160 dipole

The Dauer

The Gentry in 9Y4

The Gentry

9Y4/WJ2O QSL Card Front

9Y_QSL_F

9Y4/WJ2O QSL Card Back

9Y4/WJ2O qsl card back.

QSL By
KB3IFH

My permit is a booklet. It was issued by the ARRL.
To learn more go to their website by following this link http://www.arrl.org/iarp

9Y_License

Trip Statistics Report

Equipment:

9Y4_Station_Dave

Elecraft K3 Transceiver
Dell Inspiron Mini Laptop
Little Tarheel II Screwdriver Antenna
12 volt Power Supply

 

CQ WW Raw Score, 9Y4, 9Y4/WJ2O, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, 160 dipole, all-band vertical
CQ World-Wide Raw Score

Caribbean Airlines, 9Y4, 9Y4/WJ2O, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, 160 dipole, all-band vertical, 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, yagi, low bands, warc, power supply screw driver antenna

We enjoyed a non-stop flight to Port of Spain, Trinidad on Caribbean Airlines from JFK.
Here is our first glimpse of the island.