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.
Getting set-up before leaving. This is what the equipment looks like in my garage before packing up.
Everything works. It’s always nice when you get everything in place and it works!
The antenna. Here’s the Tarheel II attached to the hotel top floor balcony.
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
You can see downtown Port of Spain from the hotel balcony.
Dead band medicine. When band conditions are not that good you can always take your honey to the wine bar.
Mandatory Ham Radio Poses
9Y4/WJ2O QSL Card Front
9Y4/WJ2O QSL Card Back
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
Trip Statistics Report
Elecraft K3 Transceiver
Dell Inspiron Mini Laptop
Little Tarheel II Screwdriver Antenna
12 volt Power Supply
CQ World-Wide Raw Score
We enjoyed a non-stop flight to Port of Spain, Trinidad on Caribbean Airlines from JFK.
Here is our first glimpse of the island.