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IOTA NA-023

July 11-18, 2007

TDXS DXpedition to the British Virgin Islands

We operated from Smugglers Cove, on the island of Tortola.

We participated in the FISTS Sprint CW Contest on Friday evening July 15th,

and in the IARU Contest on Saturday and Sunday July 16-17.

IARU & FISTS Contests Special callsign: VP2VEA

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We used two SteppIR verticals, and one dipole.  We concentrated on 10 thru 40 meters.  

One station was full time CW and the other SSB,  with some RTTY & PSK31 activity. 

We used two Kenwood TS-480's running about 200 watts.

 

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Team BVI: (l-r) Bill K5WAF, Cal WF5W, Nancy WZ8C, Bob WB5IUU, Paul W5PF

 

If you're going to contest from Smugglers Cove, you have the dress the part!

 

"Aarrrrrrr Matey!" says Captain Cal!  Can you send that on CW?

 

 

Team BVI MembersNameU.S. CallsignBVI CallsignBio
CalWF5WVP2V/WF5W
First licensed K0IQY 1957.  Lived and licensed in England as G5EGB four years, in South Korea as HL9EP five years. Held local license during vacations in New Zealand 1987,  Australia 1987. DXpeditions:  Orkney Islands 1999, Yap 2003,  Falkland Islands 2004, Malta 9H3W 2006, Belize V31EA 2006. Favorite mode - CW.  Mic usually not attached to the rig. Straight key always attached.  Hold: DXCC Honor Roll (Mixed),  5BDXCC,  P100 Oblast award.
PaulW5PFVP2V/W5PFFirst licensed in 1963 as KN3YNI. Licensed again in 1970 as WB5DBT. Held LA0FV and worked portable as LA0FV/PA in 1988-1990.  DXpeditions include J3/W5PF in 2001, V63PF in 2003, VP8WWW in 2004, 9H3PF in 2006. Contested at XA5T and 6D2YFM including the Number 1 NA Multi-single Phone team in 2002.  DXCC Honor Roll Mixed. I have operated mostly phone but have done more CW and RTTY recently.
BillK5WAFVP2V/K5WAFFirst licensed 1963 as WN2LYO. Previous callsigns: WB2LYO, and /9 while attending Purdue.  Re-licensed as WB8TKD in 1974.  Received K5WAF in Houston Sept 2000.  9H3WF in 2006.  Served as TDXS Field Day Chairman & Treasurer in 2005.  Former TDXS Secretary/Treasurer.  DXCC: Mixed, Phone & CW.  Favorite mode: CW  Home page:  www.k5waf.com
BobWB5IUUVP2V/WB5IUUFirst licensed in 1973 as WN5IUU as a Novice Class and then to WB5IUU and have kept my call all these years. I worked all states as a novice on 40 meters CW to get my speed up for the Tech. and then General class license, then to Advanced. Missed out on 28 years of Dit-Dah’s, but I am now back and live on CW after the "Straight Keys in Belize" this past year. DXCC Honor Roll on Phone and working on 5BDXCC as we speak on 40/80. Call signs are XE2GHB-1988, WB5IUU/6Y5-1985 and V31UU-2006. Belong to NARS, Lone Star DX Asso., Light House Society, The FISTS CLUB, TDXS and have been a member of the ARRL for 34 years.
NancyWZ8CVP2V/WZ8C
First licensed in 1988 as KB8FAY.  Upgraded to extra in 1989 as WZ8C. Got bit by the CW bug and except for the occasional contest, operates CW exclusively.  Runs FISTS CW Club (International Morse Preservation Society - FISTS # 379, CC # 1126) and has been the Editor of WorldRadio magazine since 2002. Before becoming the Editor, WZ8C wrote the Positively CW column for WorldRadio.
Newly addicted to DXpeditions, Tortola is her 2nd trip - the first being the historic first straight key DXpedition: The 2006 TDXS Glass Arm DXpedition to Belize, operating as V31AN.

 

 

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