FJ – Marigot Bay, St. Barts

Dates: 25 November to 3 December 2008

Callsign: FJ/WJ2O

/FJ – Marigot Bay, St. Barts
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FJ/WJ2O dxp operation at Marigot Bay, Saint Barthélemy.I packed up the rig, some wire, and an antenna turner and headed off to this beautiful island nation.

You can see from the photo that I set the antenna turner out the window. I had a big problem with RF in the shack. I really didn’t have a good ground nor resonant antenna.

Packing for the trip, I just grabbed the MFJ Tuner out of a box in my garage without testing. On the island it would not work. After opening it, I saw that it had been modified. Almost simultaneously my memory came back that I had burned this tuner out on 160m during my trip to North Caicos (VP5) 10 years ago! With a few more heavy modifications (I didn’t bring a soldering iron) I was able to make it somewhat useful.

Also, forgetting to bring any ferrites, I could not arrest a lot of the RF from affecting my electronic devices.

I could make this story shorter by simply saying that I did not have the best set-up on this trip. However, considering all the things that could go wrong, I did alright.


Flying to St. Barts


FJ/WJ2O from Saint Barthelemy, in the Caribbean.

St. Barts from the Air.

Getting closer.

Fl/WJ2O in Saint Barthélemy, in the Caribbean at NA-146
Fj/WJ2O in St. Bart airportin the Caribbean.

Coming into the landing

Looking down the runway.

FJ/Wj2O dxp operation in St. Barts airport runway.
FJ/Wj2O dxp operation in St. Barts airport tarmac..

The tarmac side of the airport.

Dave, WJ2O at the airport.

FJ/Wj2O dxp operation in St. Barts airport.

The Villa


FJ/Wj2O dxp operation in St. Barts. Villa back porch.way.

Villa back porch


Touring Around The Island


WJ2O with His hot rod
Pausing for a moment on the south side of the island

FJ/WJ2O at Saint Barthelemy (NA-146) in the Caribbean, touring the island.
FJ/WJ2O DXp operation in St. Barts, in the Caribbean at IOTA NA-146

I took my little outboard for a spin.

FJ/WJ2O DXp operation in St. Barts, in the Caribbean at IOTA NA-146, luxury yatch
FJ/WJ2O DXp operation in downtown district St. Barts, in the Caribbean at IOTA NA-146

Cool car parked in the downtown shopping district.

FJ/WJ2O DXp operation in St. Barts, in the Caribbean at IOTA NA-146, luxury yatch

Ham Radio


General antenna and shack setting

FJ/WJ2O DXp operation in St. Barts, in the Caribbean at IOTA NA-146

Going Home


FJ/WJ2O DXp operation in St. Barts, airplane cockpit. The operation was in the Caribbean at IOTA NA-146

The cockpit. load back in the plane ready for take-off.

End of runway. You´re either airborne or fishing

End of St. Batheemy runway at FJ/WJ2O in the caribbean.

FJ/WJ2O QSL Card Front

FJ/WJ2O qsl front in Saint Barthélemy, Caribbean - NA-146.

FJ/WJ2O QSL Card Back

FJ/WJ2O qsl back in Saint Barthélemy, Caribbean - NA-146.

QSL By
QSL Shop

Trip Statistics Report

I made just shy of 5000 Q’s during the 8 day visit. I was located on the side of a hill that favored Europe. I am very sorry that JA was almost impossible.

FJ/WJ2O operation in Saint Barthélemy in the Caribbean, at IOTA NA-146.

St. Barts is a beautiful island with lush vegetation and astonishing beaches.

FJ/WJ2O in the pool at Saint Barthélemy in the Caribbean, at IOTA NA-146.

Every time I get in a pool my feet shrink and my stomach bloats.

During the contest it was not that unusual that a quick recess found me here in the pool cooling off before going back to the rig and upping my Q rate.

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To get to St. Bart’s you need to go through Phillipsburg, St. Maarten. This country has been remembered from a vacation 20 years ago as my least favorite Caribbean nation. They didn’t let me down on this trip either. The Dutch side of St. Maarten, in my opinion, is one pain-in-the-butt place to visit. Even when you’re just passing through.

My apologies and sympathies to the fine French citizens who are unfortunate to have to share this island on the northern half.My apologies and sympathies to the fine French citizens who are unfortunate to have to share this island on the northern half.

FJ/WJ2O in St. Barts airport ready to go home. It’s a sad day when we have to board this plane from St. Barth’s and return to the U.S. They did a good job cramming 8 of us into this 8 seater for the 10 minute flight back to St. Maarten. I was disappointed when I learned that no cocktails would be served on this flight.