VP5 – North Caicos, Turks and Caicos

Dates: 12 to 19 February 1997

Callsign: VP5/WJ2O

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This was the first of what turned out to be a series of trips to Turks & Caicos. This one to North Caicos where I had to bring my entire station as nothing was set up for me.

Accommodations: We stayed at the Hollywood Beach Condos in Whitby. This was a single building split into four condo units. It was very quiet and peaceful with no telephones or televisions and you are just a few steps from the ocean beach. You are facing to the north which is perfect for making contacts with the United States.

There was plenty of room to erect any antennas you desire. I put up the vertical in the sand toward the beach with a huge array of ground radials. Also, from the base of the vertical I strung out a quarter wavelength of wire for 160 meters and another quarter wavelength along the sand in the opposite direction. This worked wonders as I made over 200 QSOs on that band during the contest.

I stayed Hollywood Beach Condos in Northen Caicos.


Getting There


Providenciales airport in Northern Caicos where I operated as VP5/WJ2O

Providenciales Airport. Our first glimpse of this airport. Little did we know that we would be seeing this airport 5 more times after this.


The Station


Dave VP5/WJ2=oO operating form North Caicos.

Providenciales in Northern Caicos where I operated as VP5/WJ2O

VP5/WJ2O

HF6V Vertical Butternut Antenna I used in NOrthern Caicos as VP5/WJ2OHF 5V

The Butternut through the trees.

Radials for my HF6V Vertical Butternut antenna.

Radials. Separate radial cut for each band fanned out across the sand.

Add-on to the HF6V butterny vertical antenna in Northen Caicos.

Adding 160m to my HF-6V

Message bottle on the beach in Northern Caicos.

Ancient Communications. If all else fails you can always communicate using this ancient method of putting a message in a bottle.


The Condo


Cottage where we stayed to operate ham radio from Northen Caicos.

Cottage driveway. This was our place for a week.

Kitchenette of our cottage rental.

Northern Caicos cottage kitchenette

Bedroom of the cottage where I opearated as VP5/WJ2O

Shack bedroom

Ocen perspective from our rental cottage.

Ocean view from the cottage

Bech in Northen Cicos near the ham radio shack.

Northern Caicos beach


Tour


Dave, WJ2O riding a motor bike in Caicos Islands.

Bad-ass bikers in Northern Caicos were a hassle!

Postal office in Northen Caicos.

Kew Post Office.

Children in a nearby school in Coicos Island.

School day in Northern Caicos

Police station in North Caicos.

Bottle Creek Police Station.


Fun on the Island


Chris, Dave´s wife collecting sea shells on the beach

My XYL Chris collecting conch shells.

Next door canadian couple in North Caicos.

Our neighbors. This is a couple from Canada that were in the unit next door to us.

Chris, Dave´s XYL enjoying a drink in a local bar.

Island enjoyment. Every Island has at least one bar.


Time to Depart


North Caicos Airport

North Caicos Airport entrance.

Chris waving good-bye to our very nice cab driver.

Saying good-bye.Our cab driver took care of us the entire time we were there.

VP5/WJ2O QSL Card Front

VP5/WJ2O QSL card front.

VP5/WJ2O QSL Card Back

VP5/WJ2O QSL card back.

I suggest you contact Jody Millspaugh, VP5JM. Make a check out to T.A.C.A.R.S. in the amount of $21 USD. Mail it with a copy of your license to her at P.O. Box 350567, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33335. You should give her plenty of time like about 2 to 3 months. Her E-mail address is Jody@caribsurf.com.

VP5/WJ2O license of rNorth Caicos.

Trip Statistics Report

During the ARRL DX CW Contest I made 4,132 QSOs. This was during a period of minimal sunspot activity so 10 meters was no help at all. Outside the contest I put another 1,389 calls in the log

Equipment:
Kenwood TS-940 Transceiver,
486-DX Laptop Computer,
Ameritron AL80B Amplifier,
Butternut HF6V Vertical Antenna,
Heath Micromatic Keyer.

Dave VP5/WJ2=oO operating form North Caicos.

From the US you fly into the international airport at Providenciales. To get to North Caicos, you take a small plane which cost 25 USD per person per direction. They told me that it’s only a 10 minute flight which I didn’t believe as nothing only takes 10 minutes. But, sure enough, we were there in 10 minutes from take-off to landing.

View of northe caicos from the air.

Looking down at North Caicos from our small plane.

Customs: One of the baggage handlers loaded our stuff up on two different carts. Apparently there are two different forms when entering Turks and Caicos. One for immigration and one for customs. I did not know about the customs form until the official asked me for it. I told him I didn’t have one but I would be happy to go back and fill one out. The guy responded, “nah, go ahead.”

Small airport terminal in Northern Caicos.

This is a very close 2nd place contender for the smallest airport terminal I’ve ever been to. I think Treasure Cay in the Bahamas still wins though.