PZ – Paramaribo, Suriname

Dates: 15 to 21 February 2012

Callsign: PZ5RO

PZ – Paramaribo, Suriname 2024-04-10T21:25:57-05:00

All Inclusive

Three hams from Western New York traveled to Suriname to operate in the ARRL DX CW Contest. We stayed at the shack rental of Ramon Kaersenhout, PZ5RA.

Ramon offers a complete package as he took care of everything and did a wonderful job at it. He provided airport transportation, all meals, use of the shack, arranged for the license and even spend a day giving us a driving tour of Suriname.


PZ5RO Operators

PZ5RO Operators: Redd, AI2N; Ken, N2ZN; Dave, WJ2O

Ken operating PZ5RO

click image at the top of the page to watch a
YouTube video of Ken operating PZ5RO.


Ken, N2ZN operating

Ken, N2ZN

Red, AI2N operating

Red, AI2N

Dave, WJ2O operating

Dave, WJ2O

Operating table

Operating table

Acom 2000A amplifier

Our Acom 2000A amplifier is one solid amp!

PZ5RA QTH tower

PZ5RA QTH. Ramon’s house is to the left with the shack on the right. Tower is in the middle.

Ramon, PZ5RA

Ramon, PZ5RA and the vehicle that got us around.

Stringing a BOG

Stringing a BOG. Here’s Redd before the contest stringing a BOG (Beverage On Ground) down the street.

Rum and Coconut Salute

Rum and Coconut Salute. The start of our after contest celebration.

Mosley PRO-67-B Yagi

Our antenna: a Mosley PRO-67-B Yagi.

Mosley PRO-67-B Yagi

Another perspective of the tower.

Inside The Shack


Bedroom. One of two almost identical bedrooms with 2 twin beds each.

Kitchen at PZ5RO

Kitchen at PZ5RO

Ham radio operating room

Ham radio operating room



Surinam Airways

Waiting at the airport.
Our Surinam Airways flight back to Aruba was 4 hours delayed.


3,000 qsl cards

3,000 qsl cards arrived from Germany and ready to start qsling

QSLing station

QSLing station. This is a photo inside AI2N’s (Redd) house who has been very diligent in doing the QSLing chores


PZ5RO QSL Card front
PZ5RO QSL Card back



Our host, Ramon, PZ5RA, made all the arrangements for our license.


License for PZ5RO from Suriname.

Trip Statics Report


Elecraft K3 Transceiver
Acom 2000A Amplifier
HP NC6120 Laptop Computer
Green Heron Radio Boss Keyer Interface
Mosley PRO-67-B Yagi
Dipoles for 80 and 160

Below is the contest results over the weekend:


ARRL DX CW Contest Results.

Megapoint Award

Megapoint Award for the ARRL contest.


For a US Citizen to enter Suriname you need to first obtain a visa. I obtained mine by sending in all the requirements to their Embassy in Washington, DC.

Here’s a photo of everything I sent to the embassy:
1.) Completed Application
2.) Printout of Round Trip Airline Ticket
3.) $100.00 Money Order
4.) My Passport
5.) SASE

After less than a week I had my passport returned with this visa attached

Suriname Visa

Documents sent for my Suriname Visa


First we flew to Aruba (see section on P4). Then we boarded a flight to Suriname via Surinam Airways (yes, that is correct, they don’t use the ‘e’ in their name).

Surinam Airways

Travel visa for Suriname.

airport bar in Aruba

Ken and Redd waiting at an airport bar in Aruba for our Suriname bound flight.

Suriname Airways ticket

Ticket from Aruba to Suriname via Suriname Airways