PJ7 – Cupecoy, St. Maarten

Dates: 18 to 24 February 2015

Callsign: PJ7/WJ2O

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Dave WJ2O in St. Maarten.

I once caught a callsign THIS BIG!

This picture is from the last day of another successful hamcation. This antenna located on the 8th floor of this building was attached to a stainless steel handrail which served as an excellent ground plane.

Dave operating PJ7/WJ2O

Dave operating PJ7/WJ2O

Getting the Equipment Ready

Morse code keys used in St. Maarten.

Morse code keys. Always worried about airline weight when travelling. I recently purchased this tiny key on the right. It’s shown here with my Vibroplex that I usually take.

Morse code small key for my operation as PJ7/WJ2O.

Small key mounts to my K3. I was able to find a way to mount the new key to my radio without destroying either.
I also mounted the rocker switch for the screwdriver antenna

Station packaging for the operation from St. Maarten where I operated as PJ7/WJ2O.

Station packaging. Prior to each trip I get the complete station assembled and running on this table in my garage. Forgetting just one small detail could put me out of business.

Mounting the Antenna

Travel antenna and setup for my St Maarten operation.

Travel antenna. Here’s the details of my antenna setup. If I can find a good ground wherever I’m staying this works as good if not better than any Buddipole.

Roof access at the condo I stayed in St. Marrten for my ham radio DXP as PJ7/WJ2O.

Coax and control cable running down. I had access to the roof which was just one floor above our condo. Using the screwdriver I am able to tune for band changes without going to the roof each time.
The telescopic whip is actually too long for bands above 40 meters so twice a day I had to adjust the length.

Condo in St. Maarten where I operated the ARRL CW contest.

8th floor mounting. This is what it looked like from the ground.

Condo where as stayed and operated as PJ7/WJ2O.

Entire condo/Mall building. There were very few tenants or visitors to the mall. It appears this section of Sint Maarten is overbuilt.


Getting a good rate during the ARRL CW contest.

When the band is open and the pileup is cooperative you can get a good rate.

The Gentry

Gentry from Oriente Beach.

From the French side.
FS/WJ2O Gentry at Orient Beach.

Gentry in St. maarten.

And on the Dutch Side
PJ7/WJ2O Gentry at Maho Beach. This beach is very famous as it is situated at the end of the runway at Princess Juliana International Airport. My belly hanging out is optional.

Touring Around

Oriente Beach in St. Maarten.

Orient Beach. On the French side here is a shot of Orient Beach.

Marigot is the capital city of the french side.

Marigot. Also on the French side is the Capital City of Marigot. Plenty of fine dining can be found here.

Philipsburg, in St Maarten.

The Boardwalk (which is more like a concrete walk) on the beach in Philipsburg. This is the Dutch side’s Capital City.

We had drinks at the Blue Bitch Bar in St. Maarten.

The Blue Bitch Bar. My XYL, Chris, and I getting ready for the contest at the Blue Bitch Bar on the Boardwalk.

Our hosts who from we rented the condo in St. Maarten.

Our Hosts. These guys, Mike and Cindy, were renting the condo and nice enough to allow us to stay with them for a week. Thanks guys.

Pirate statue in St. Maarten wher I operated as PJ7/WJ2O

Don’t Forget the Pirate!

PJ7/WJ2O QSL Card Front

PJ7/WJ2O QSL card front

PJ7/WJ2O QSL Card  Back

PJ7/WJ2O QSL card back.


Trip Statics Report

Dave WJ2O opratng from St. Maarten as PJ2/Wj2O.

Elecraft K3 Transceiver
Dell Inspiron Mini Laptop
Little Tarheel II Screwdriver Antenna
12 volt Power Supply

PJ7/WJ2O ARRL CW score summary shet

Score Summary for the ARRL CW DX Contest.

Award for the Single Operator Assisted Low Power CW category during the ARRL DX Cw contest.

Single Operator Assisted Low Power CW

St. Maarten flight schedule.

My flight schedule from New York to Philipsburg, St. Maarten, in the Caribbean.