KP1 – Navassa Island, Navassa

Dates: 28 March to 2 April 1993

Callsign: W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1

/KP1 – Navassa Island, Navassa
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We were a group of nine operators being organized by our leader Vance, W5IJU, (I learned in 2005 that he is now silent key.) We set up two camps, the upper camp was in the lighthouse ruins which had been nicknamed by hams a long time ago as the Navassa Hilton. The lower camp was down by Lulu Bay and the famous ladder. Each camp had it’s own 5000 watt generator.

W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 Dxpedtion to Navassa Island, NA-098

The Navassa Hilton

The operators at the upper camp were:
Vance, W5IJU, team leader
Don, VE1AOE, our satellite guy
Bob, KØIYF (now NØRN), he loved 160
Dave, KB4VLO (now N9DI), a friendly southern voice
Dave, WJ2O, a general nuisance

The lower camp operators were:
Larry, NF6S (now W4UAT), excellent CW op.
Jun, JH4RHF (also KH2S), pile-up expert
Kumiko, JR4DUW (also KH2W), 1st YL on KP1
Toshi, JR8RUZ, digital modes

​We had a Jamaican crew who did an excellent job of getting us there, ferrying equipment to the island and toting it up the hill. They also prepared our meals.


Getting There


Captin of the ship who took us to Navassa Is. for W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation

Ship´s Captain.

Don, VE1AOE operator of W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Don, VE1AOE

Larry, NF6S operator of the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Larry, NF6S

Vance, W5IJU, Toshi, JR8RUZ, Kumiko, JR4DUW operators of the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Vance, W5IJU (SK), Toshi, JR8RUZ, Kumiko, JR4DUW

Operators of the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean resting on deck.

Resting

Veiw of the Island for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

The Island from the Ship


Landing


Samll boat that took the operators of the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean to the island.

This small boat tendered us from the ship to the ladder

Ladder to clib to the island for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

At the ladder

Ladder to the Island for the KP1 Navassa ham radio expedition.

How the ladder was attached


Life On The Island


Chef for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Our chef

Don resting after opearting W5IJU/KP1 in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Don, VE1AOE resting

Grafitti was evrywhere on Navassa Island

Graffiti were everywhere

Navassa Hilton quarters for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Inside The Navassa Hilton

Some of our crew helpers for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Our Jamaican crew.

Lighthouse on Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Navassa Lighthouse

Jun and Kumiko on Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Jun , JH4RHF and Kumiko, JR4DUW

Lower camp of the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Lower camp.

Trail to the lower camp of the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Trail to the lower camp.

Vance, an operator for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Vance, W5IJU (SK).

Signing the sign for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Signing the sign…

Wj2O operation conditions for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

WJ2O Shack. Kenwood TS-940 Transceiver, Tandy 1400 HD Laptop Computer, Heathlkit Micromatic Keyer


Our loyal generator


Generators for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Wj2O operation conditions for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.


Operating


Bob operator for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Bob, KØIYF (now NØRN)

Operators of the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Bob, KØIYF (now NØRN) and Dave, KB4VLO (now N9DI).

Operator for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Dave, KB4VLO (now N9DI).

operators for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Dave, KB4VLO (now N9DI) and Vance, W5IJU (SK)

Don, an operator for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Don, VE1AOE

ham radio operator for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Bob, KØIYF (now NØRN)

Davem WJ2O, a ham radio operator for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.

Dave, WJ2O

W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 QSL Card Front

W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 QSL Card Front

W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 QSL Card Back

W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 Navassa Island NA-098 QSL card back

Licensing:
As Navassa is a US possession, there was no need to obtain licensing for the US operators. Our Canadian operator had no problem either as we have a reciprocal agreement with Canada that is automatic. The Japanese operators had all previously flown to Guam and passed their US Extra Class exam there. They each had a KH2 call.

The Ladder:
Many old time hams may remember there was a ladder that you used to scale the cliff face to get on the surface of the island. It has been rumored that since our visit, the ladder has been removed. Below is details of what it once was.

KP1 ladder for the W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 - Navassa Island, NA-098 Dxpedition.

The KP1 Navassa Ladder

Trip Statistics Report

Equipment:W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.,
We had many stations set up on this island. Here is the equipment I used:
Kenwood TS-940 Transceiver
Tandy 1400 HD Laptop Computer
Heathkit Micromatic Keyer

Bob, KØIYF, strung a wire up to the top of the lighthouse that we spread out in a delta loop fashion that worked excellent for my antenna.

Paper logging:
The upper camp SSB guys did paper logging. I haven’t found any volunteers willing to keyboard them. So, here they are still in paper form. If you find yourself in the log tell my QSL manager which log and which page and you’ll get a QSL.

W5IJU/KP1 Logs from 29 March 1993
W5IJU/KP1 Logs from 30 March 1993
W5IJU/KP1 Logs from 31 March 1993
W5IJU/KP1 Logs from 1 April 1993
W5IJU/KP1 Logs from 2 April 1993
W5IJU/KP1 Logs from 2 April 1993

Also on that weekend was the CQ WW WPX Contest and here are those logs:
W5IJU/KP1 Contest Logs from 27 and 28 March 1993

Group photo aboard ship just as we’re saying “good bye” to Jamaica in the background.

W5IJU/KP1 and NF6S/KP1 operation in Navassa Island (NA-098) in the Caribbean.,


From the left: Don (VE1AOE), Bob (K0IYF), Larry (NF6S now W4UAT), Vance (W5IJU team leader now SK), Dave (KB4VLO now N9DI), Toshi (JR8RUZ), Dave (WJ2O), Jun (JH4RHF) and Kumiko (JR4DUW).
Photo was provided by Larry, NF6S.


Customs
:
Most of our participants travelled together and entered customs as a group. Apparently it overwhelmed the customs officials who ended up confiscating most all the equipment putting it in lock-up. It took 3 days of negotiations (using greenbacks) to get it back. That’s why we had a late start for the island.

I happened to travel individually and although I had lots of questions during the customs inspection, I was allowed to pass with everything in hand.