J3 – Grand Anse, Grenada

Dates: 20 to 29 November 1996

Callsign: J3/WJ2O

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We stayed at the Gem Holiday Beach Resort at Morne Rouge Bay. This is not a very fancy hotel but it is clean and inexpensive. For hams, this location ranks an absolute zero. You are on the side of a large mountain that blocks out Europe. Also, this hotel has a “make-shift” satellite cable system which is very TVI prone. My hours of operation were extremely limited due to this problem.

J39A contest station in Grenada.

The hill where the contest station J39A operates.

Each room had a phone but it was hooked to an outdated PBX system that wouldn’t allow me to   connect my computer to E-mail. The hotel office had their “special fax line” which would have worked but they wouldn’t let me use it as they “wouldn’t know how to charge me.” The people were very friendly just as long as I only wanted to eat, sleep, drink and swim. They sure didn’t want me to do anything else.

The temperature was extremely hot every day (about 95 degrees Fahrenheit) with hardly any ocean breeze. I thought this was unusual for an island nation.

Most of the islanders seemed very ambitious. They practically all had jobs and worked hard to keep the island looking beautiful.


Airport Terminal


J3/WJ2O radio expedition at the Gem Holiday Beach Resort at Morne Rouge Bay in Grenada.

Airport terminal. This is the “street side” of Grenada’s large and modern airport.


Hotel


J3/WJ2O radio expedition at the Gem Holiday Beach Resort at Morne Rouge Bay in Grenada

Hotel

Bar and restaurant at the Gem Holiday Beach Resort at Morne Rouge Bay in Grenada.

Bar and restaurant.
Across the small parking lot.

Bedroom at the Gem Holiday Beach Resort at Morne Rouge Bay in Grenada.

Bedroom

Kitchen at the Gem Holiday Beach Resort at Morne Rouge Bay in Grenada.

Kitchen


Island Tour


Nut factory at Morne Rouge Bay in Grenada.

A nut factory. No, not an insane asylum.

Nut washing at Morne Rouge Bay in Grenada.

First wash the nuts

Nut sorting in Grenada for J3/WJ2O expedition

Sort the nuts

Nut bagging for the J3/ WJ2O Dxpedrtion in Grenada

Bag the nuts

Grenada is known as the spice island.

Ready for shipment. Grenada is known as “The Spice Island”. Here are thousands of pounds of Nutmeg ready for export.

Grenada beach for the J3/WJ2O radio expedition at the Gem Holiday Beach Resort at Morne Rouge Bay in Grenada.

Grenada beautiful beach

Look Over

Look Over There
Our guide is trying to show Chris something.

Sulfur sping in Grenada (J3) IOTA

Sulfur spring. Hot sulfur spring. Bath anyone?

Skinny cow in Grenada in the Caribbean.

Skinny cow. I wish this girl would eat more.

Restaurante In Grenada (J3)

Time for lunch. This stone house was converted over to a restaurant that served us a wonderful lunch.

Crhis and Dave for the J3/WJ2O radio expedition at the Gem Holiday Beach Resort at Morne Rouge Bay in Grenada.

Chris and Dave

Paty boat for the J3/WJ2O radio expedition at the Gem Holiday Beach Resort at Morne Rouge Bay in Grenada.

Party boat. Here is my wife Chris as we started a day on a rum boat. I love boats, I love rum, I highly recommend it.

J39A contest station in Grenada.

The hill where the contest station J39A operates.

Dave, J3/WJ2O resting on a tree

Dave, J3/WJ2O resting.

J3/WJ2O QSL Card Front

J3/WJ2O qsl card front.

J3/WJ2O QSL Card Back

J3/WJ2O qsl card back.

Gill, J39AL helped me with my license for J3/WJ2O in Grenada.First, you have to go to one office and get the paperwork filled out. You have to catch the proper official in his office so there are only certain times of the day you can do this. Then you go to another location a few blocks away and pay the fee. This office was busy, and we had about a half hour wait in line. This office issues the actual license and stamps your application. Then you go back to the first office and return the original paperwork with the fee stamped on it.

This was the most complicated process of licensing I’ve ever encountered. I’m very thankful to Gill for escorting me around.

 

 Trip Statistics Report

J3/WJ2O operating postion in Grenada, Caribbean.

J3/WJ2O operating position in Grenada.

Equipment:
Kenwood TS-940 Transceiver

486-DX Laptop Computer
Ameritron AL80B Amplifier
Butternut HF6V Vertical Antenna

 Heath Micromatic Keyer

Customs: Having my usual pile of luggage, I hired one of the local baggage handlers and he loaded up a cart for me. The customs official asked me about my equipment which I explained what it was. She went over to ask a question of another official, came back and said, “it’s OK.”

J3/WJ2O radio expedition at the Gem Holiday Beach Resort at Morne Rouge Bay in Grenada. On my way out of the building a man with a clip board approached me and said they were taking a survey and would like to know if I was handled courteously by customs. I of course said yes, but wondered if things would have been different had it not been “survey day.”