VP2V – Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Dates: 21 to 27 November 2018

Callsign: VP2V/WJ2O

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The British Virgin Islands

Chris and Teresa in the pool on British Virgin Islands

Tortola is one of several British Virgin Island although it’s the largest and most populated.

We rented this VBRO Vacation House on the West End of Tortola. It was very high in the air. You needed 4-wheel drive to get here.

My sister and wife joined me on this trip and I think they are having a great time. Does it look that way to you?

The islands in the background are actually part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Antenna

British Virgin Islands Gentry
Little Tarheel II Screwdriver Antenna
Sure, I take a lot of ribbing for having such a minimal antenna. But, it performs well and is all I need.
Sometimes for low bands I add a little wire to the end but it’s not real necessary.
British Virgin Islands Dauer

The Station

WJ2O Station in my NY Garage
I always assemble the station in my garage before leaving to ensure I have everything.
The jack to my keyer paddles gave out. So, I installed a fancier pink cable which makes my dits and dahs far more attractive.
VP2V/WJ2O Keyer
Station in a suitcase
Here’s how the complete station looks unassembled. Small enough to travel anywhere.

Island Life

Virgin Island Ferry
This ferry travels back and forth from Tortola to the U.S. Virgin Islands all day long.
I like to blend with the locals.
British Virgin Islands Dave with locals
Dave with Rum Punch
Rum punch anybody? I think I’ve had my fill?

Very Important Ham Radio Poses

British Virgin Islands Gentry
British Virgin Islands Gentry
British Virgin Islands Dauer
British Virgin Islands Dauer

VP2V/WJ2O QSL Card Front

VP2V/WJ2O Tortola, British Virgin Islands QSL card front

VP2V/WJ2O QSL Card Back

VP2V/WJ2O Tortola, British Virgin Islands QSL card back

QSL produced by: Randy, KB3IFH

QSL Via: Ken, N2ZN

Elecraft K3 Transceiver
Dell Inspiron Mini Laptop
Heil Headset
Little Tarheel II Screwdriver Antenna
Ameritron SDC-102 Antenna Controller
MFJ 1979 Telescoping Whip

Dave operating VP2V/WJ2O

Here I am with my little station. Having a great time with 100 watts and hand rail antenna.


VP2V/WJ2O Raw Score

Traveling to Tortola

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Tortola is actually difficult to get to.  We flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico and spent the night.

The next day we used Seabourn Airlines to get to our destination.

Another recommendation is to fly to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and take the ferry to Tortola.