PJ7 – Cupecoy, St. Maarten

Dates: 18 to 24 February 2015

Callsign: PJ7/WJ2O

PJ7 – Cupecoy, St. Maarten 2024-04-10T21:20:03-05:00

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.


I once caught a callsign THIS BIG!

Dave operating PJ7/WJ2O

Dave operating PJ7/WJ2O

Getting the Equipment Ready


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.

Small key mounts to my K3

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

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

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.

Coax and control cable running down

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.

Antenna on roof top

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

Mall building

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



WJ2O operating

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


The Gentry

WJ2O Gentry at Orient Beach

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

WJ2O Gentry at Maho Beach

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

Orient Beach

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

Capital City of Marigot

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

beach in Philipsburg

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

Blue Bitch Bar

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

Our Host Mike and Cindy

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 on beach

Don’t Forget the Pirate!


PJ7/WJ2O QSL Card Front
PJ7/WJ2O QSL Card back


With the understanding of how the CEPT Licensing Agreement works, I assigned myself the callsign PJ7/WJ2O.

CEPT Licensing Agreement

CEPT Licensing Agreement

Trip Statics Report


Elecraft K3 Transceiver

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

ARRL CW DX Contest

Score Summary for the ARRL CW DX Contest.

Single Operator Assisted Low Power CW

Single Operator Assisted Low Power CW

light schedule from New York to Philipsburg

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