C6A – Abaco Island, Bahamas

Dates: 20 to 26 November 1991

Callsign: WJ2O/C6A

/C6A – Abaco Island, Bahamas
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Our accommodations were at the 2nd home of Steve Rutledge, N4JQQ. He used to rent a very nice two bedroom, 2 bath cottage that came complete with a ham station. I communicated with Steve in February 2006, and he told me that he sold this site.

Abaco Island is a stark contrast to Paradise Island. It is a very non-commercial, laid back and relaxing place to visit.

It was the easiest way to go on a Dxpedition that I knew at the time. Cheap airfare from most points in the US, a station already waiting for you and reasonable rental rates.

When you get a cab at the airport, you didn’t need to worry about directions. I just told them I’m a ham radio operator and they knew right where Steve’s place was. An interesting note is out by the airport I was surprised to find pine trees (I expected palm).

C6A, WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Treasure CayBahamas, NA-114 Caribbean, Caribe, New Providence, Nassau


Bahama Beach


 WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Bahamas, NA-114

Pathway to the beach.

 WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Bahamas, NA-114

Bahama beach.


Relaxation Time


 WJ2= wxl relaxing at WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Bahamas, NA-114

Chris, my XYL, relaxing.

View at WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Bahamas, NA-114

Enjoying the view


Steve’s Cottage


Steve´s cottage at WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Bahamas, NA-114

Inside Steve´s Cottage


WJ2O Time


Dave at WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Bahamas, NA-114

Hamming it up!

Antenna at WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Bahamas, NA-114

Antenna. If you look closely you can see part of the antenna.


Time To Leave


Airport in Bahamas, WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Bahamas, NA-114

Chris (MY XYL) and Karen (K2KAR)
Waiting on an airplane!

WJ2O/C6A QSL Card Front

Qsl card front at WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands. Bahamas.

WJ2O/C6A QSL Card Back

Qsl card back at WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands. Bahamas.

They have an application that should be filled out and sent along with photocopies of your birth certificate and FCC license. Also enclose the annual fee of $6.00 US (which also happens to be $6.00 Bahamian).

The address is:
Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation
P.O. Box N-3048
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 809-323-4911
Fax: 809-326-7474

Locally the licensing authority is known as Batelco for short. The application is available from either them or the ARRL.

License WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands. Bahamas.

Trip Statistics Report

Equipment:

 Radio at WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Bahamas, NA-114

Kenwood TS-940 Transceiver
Tandy 1400 HD Laptop Computer
Heathkit Micromatic Keyer
Cushcraft R5 Vertical

Cq World-Wide DX contest for WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Bahamas, NA-114

Customs: The customs official on Treasure Cay was very friendly. He was familiar with ham radio, the cottage I was staying at, as well as Steve (N4JQQ), the owner. No problem, they know all us Americans are honest…right?!?!

 WJ2O/C6A, N4JQQ, Paradise island, Abaco islands, Bahamas, NA-114 , NA-114 Caribbean, Caribe, New Providence, Nassau, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, qsl card, 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, R5 Cushcraft vertical
On the road to Steve’s cottage.