On November 29 the Team J88HL was visited by local HAMs: Geoffrey J88NFU with his wife Dian J88NFV and their son (he is going to take his HAM radio license exam next year). Geoffrey and Dian told about ham radio organization on St. Vincent. There are about 200 HAM radio licenses on St. Vincent and Grenadines but most of HAM are not very active on HF bands. Very often HAM licenses are used in emergency. There are about 20 amateur active on HF and other bands and five of them are very active. All of them live in Kingstown, the capital city – place surrounded by high mountains, almost without any open directions.
The visit and the meeting was very friendly and we had great time together. Besides DXing the most important part of DXpeditions is meeting new friends. Please visit The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Amateur Radio Club (SVGARC) facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/svgarc and also the Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) webiste at http://www.cewn.net/. Geoffrey and Dian are involved in both projects, Dian is the Secretary/Treasurer of the SVGARC and a Net Controller with the CEWN.
Please read also some news for previous days… Before the CQWW CW weekend there were some changes in the antenna configuration. We noticed burdensome noise on 10 meters. We found the reason of it – the antenna was located near the building and the noise came from power supplies and computers. So we moved the antenna to the hill where 6 meters antenna was located. I the same time SP6EQZ, SP9FOW and SP2EBG went to the jungle and came back with a high bamboo pole which is used as a 6m antenna mast now (this antenna was moved to another place).
We received many questions about the OQRS – it will be available after the DXpedition. So please wait a few days more… There were also many questions about possible errors and miscopied callsigns in the log. Corrections (if any) will be done only after the DXpedition. We will check every question – sorry we are not answering all such emails (we are to busy during the DXpedition).
Again – thanks to all HAMs and organizations which supports the J88HL DXpedition.
Many new pictures were published in our picture gallery: http://zoom.dxing.pl/index.php/SPDXING/J88HL (your are welcome to visit and leave your comments).