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.
Fun on the Island
Time to Depart
VP5/WJ2O QSL Card Front
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.
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
Kenwood TS-940 Transceiver,
486-DX Laptop Computer,
Ameritron AL80B Amplifier,
Butternut HF6V Vertical Antenna,
Heath Micromatic Keyer.
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.
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.”