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St. Croix Amateur Radio club

W1AW is coming to the USVI as W1AW/KP2! We are excited for this opportunity, but at the same time are somewhat apprehensive. As many of you know, W1AW has been on a nation-wide journey throughout 2014 stopping in all 50-states twice. Competition for centennial QSOs has been fierce with the top stations battling it out for the top number of band-modes with each succeeding week.

The US Virgin Islands will host W1AW/KP2 from October 29th through November 5th. The USVI only has about 100,000 residents total. These residents are spread across three islands over 1,000 miles ESE of Miami. To put it in geographical perspective, we are due south of Halifax, Nova Scotia and equidistant from San Francisco and Lisbon, Portugal. Heck, it is a 2.5 hour airplane flight just to get to Miami! Why am I telling you this? For the reason that KP2 is definitely not stateside and will not be as loud as some may be accustomed to for past W1AW/x operations.

You may wonder why there is only a single week of operation versus two for other states. Please allow me to explain. There are about 250 current licenses with USVI addresses. About 1/3 to ½ of these do not reside in the USVI, but are club or ‘exported’ callsigns. Of the remaining licenses with USVI addresses only about 10-15% are regularly active on the HF bands. This means that W1AW/KP2 will not be represented to the scale of previous W1AW/x operations. (We are importing some cracker-jack operators for the event too!) For this reason, you will have to work harder for a W1AW/KP2 QSO. Rest assured we'll do our best to make sure that the loud stations are activated for this event, but please remember we have these things called hurricanes that practically limit the size of towers and antennas here!

There will not be posted schedule of W1AW/KP2 operations. Operators will be asked to spot their activity on packet clusters so you can find them. Some of our operators are likely to be relatively new to the hobby, so please understand this in advance. We have a LOT of static (QRN) in the tropics! Please remember this when trying to work us on the low bands. That said, there will also be a compliment of more experienced operators who will be active.

Please remember that working us multiple times on the same band-mode will NOT get you more centennial points, and will deny other stations of the pleasure you had when you worked W1AW/KP2 the FIRST time. We ask in advance that you not dupe us on common band-modes. Amateurs in the Territory of the US Virgin Islands are excited about having the honor to operate as W1AW/KP2!! We look forward to working you on as many band-modes as possible!

Very 73,

Fred, K9VV/KP2
W1AW/KP2 VI Coordinator & Section Manager USVI
Added on Monday August 11, 2014 at 03:33 PM

W1AW is Coming to The USVI!!

W1AW is coming to the USVI as W1AW/KP2! We are excited for this opportunity, but at the same time are somewhat apprehensive. As many of you know, W1AW has been on a nation-wide journey throughout 2014 stopping in all 50-states twice. Competition for centennial QSOs has been fierce with the top stations battling it out for the top number of band-modes with each succeeding week.

The US Virgin Islands will host W1AW/KP2 from October 29th through November 5th. The USVI only has about 100,000 residents total. These residents are spread across three islands over 1,000 miles ESE of Miami. To put it in geographical perspective, we are due south of Halifax, Nova Scotia and equidistant from San Francisco and Lisbon, Portugal. Heck, it is a 2.5 hour airplane flight just to get to Miami! Why am I telling you this? For the reason that KP2 is definitely not stateside and will not be as loud as some may be accustomed to for past W1AW/x operations.

You may wonder why there is only a single week of operation versus two for other states. Please allow me to explain. There are about 250 current licenses with USVI addresses. About 1/3 to ½ of these do not reside in the USVI, but are club or ‘exported’ callsigns. Of the remaining licenses with USVI addresses only about 10-15% are regularly active on the HF bands. This means that W1AW/KP2 will not be represented to the scale of previous W1AW/x operations. (We are importing some cracker-jack operators for the event too!) For this reason, you will have to work harder for a W1AW/KP2 QSO. Rest assured we'll do our best to make sure that the loud stations are activated for this event, but please remember we have these things called hurricanes that practically limit the size of towers and antennas here!

There will not be posted schedule of W1AW/KP2 operations. Operators will be asked to spot their activity on packet clusters so you can find them. Some of our operators are likely to be relatively new to the hobby, so please understand this in advance. We have a LOT of static (QRN) in the tropics! Please remember this when trying to work us on the low bands. That said, there will also be a compliment of more experienced operators who will be active.

Please remember that working us multiple times on the same band-mode will NOT get you more centennial points, and will deny other stations of the pleasure you had when you worked W1AW/KP2 the FIRST time. We ask in advance that you not dupe us on common band-modes. Amateurs in the Territory of the US Virgin Islands are excited about having the honor to operate as W1AW/KP2!! We look forward to working you on as many band-modes as possible!

Very 73,

Fred, K9VV/KP2
W1AW/KP2 VI Coordinator & Section Manager USVI
Added on Monday August 11, 2014 at 03:28 PM

W1AW is Coming to The USVI!!

W1AW is coming to the USVI as W1AW/KP2! We are excited for this opportunity, but at the same time are somewhat apprehensive. As many of you know, W1AW has been on a nation-wide journey throughout 2014 stopping in all 50-states twice. Competition for centennial QSOs has been fierce with the top stations battling it out for the top number of band-modes with each succeeding week.

The US Virgin Islands will host W1AW/KP2 from October 29th through November 5th. The USVI only has about 100,000 residents total. These residents are spread across three islands over 1,000 miles ESE of Miami. To put it in geographical perspective, we are due south of Halifax, Nova Scotia and equidistant from San Francisco and Lisbon, Portugal. Heck, it is a 2.5 hour airplane flight just to get to Miami! Why am I telling you this? For the reason that KP2 is definitely not stateside and will not be as loud as some may be accustomed to for past W1AW/x operations.

You may wonder why there is only a single week of operation versus two for other states. Please allow me to explain. There are about 250 current licenses with USVI addresses. About 1/3 to ½ of these do not reside in the USVI, but are club or ‘exported’ callsigns. Of the remaining licenses with USVI addresses only about 10-15% are regularly active on the HF bands. This means that W1AW/KP2 will not be represented to the scale of previous W1AW/x operations. (We are importing some cracker-jack operators for the event too!) For this reason, you will have to work harder for a W1AW/KP2 QSO. Rest assured we'll do our best to make sure that the loud stations are activated for this event, but please remember we have these things called hurricanes that practically limit the size of towers and antennas here!

There will not be posted schedule of W1AW/KP2 operations. Operators will be asked to spot their activity on packet clusters so you can find them. Some of our operators are likely to be relatively new to the hobby, so please understand this in advance. We have a LOT of static (QRN) in the tropics! Please remember this when trying to work us on the low bands. That said, there will also be a compliment of more experienced operators who will be active.

Please remember that working us multiple times on the same band-mode will NOT get you more centennial points, and will deny other stations of the pleasure you had when you worked W1AW/KP2 the FIRST time. We ask in advance that you not dupe us on common band-modes. Amateurs in the Territory of the US Virgin Islands are excited about having the honor to operate as W1AW/KP2!! We look forward to working you on as many band-modes as possible!

Very 73,

Fred, K9VV/KP2
W1AW/KP2 VI Coordinator & Section Manager USVI
Added on Monday August 11, 2014 at 03:27 PM

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Monday Night ARES Net

The club holds a weekly ARES net every MONDAY NIGHT at 7:00PM local time. The net is held on the 147.25 MHz NP2VI repeater. (+600 Hz / no tone) All local & visitoring amateurs are welcome to join in the informative net.

NCS assignments are on a 'as-present' basis, just as they would be in a real disaster. If you are interested in being NCS, please e-mail NP2X (np2x@vihamradio.org)

Hope you can join us!
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