Since December “Blighty” has been pounded with one storm after another. At this qth we have sustained storm damage to the antenna’s but thank goodness we have not like some poor souls had our home flooded we have the mill stream at the bottom of our garden and many times it burst its banks and the water flowed over the opposite bank and at the end of our street the bank is lower in a neighbours garden and water floods there garden lawn from time to time.
Word soon got about that Martin G3ZAY, Michael G7VJR, Rob M0VFC, and Dom M0BLF. Were Jetting off from storm bound Blighty for just over a week a few day’s bliss in the sun intermixed with some holiday style amateur radio operating from Bermuda using VP/ home calls Rob M0VFC posted the following on his qrz.com page:
Tomorrow morning, I’ll be flying off to Bermuda – callsign prefix VP9 – for just over a week, along with Martin G3ZAY, Michael G7VJR and Dom M0BLF. We’ll be active from Thursday 20th to Thursday 28th February, mostly on the higher HF bands, since we’re near the top of the sunspot cycle. Bermuda is often active in contests, so we’ll pay a good amount of attention to the WARC bands (12/17/30m). The power limit on the island is 150W, so no linear amplifiers are allowed. As a result, we’ll probably do quite a bit of CW to make the most of the power we have available. Equipment wise, we’re taking three Elecraft K3 transceivers, and one Kenwood TS590. We’re staying with Ed VP9GE, so should have access to his antennas, but we’re also taking lightweight verticals and dipoles to augment these and allow us more stations on the air simultaneously. QSL for VP9/M0VFC, VP9/M0BLF and VP9/G3ZAY should be using Club Log OQRS (preferred) or via our home callsigns. VP9/G7VJR should go via M0OXO. All logs will be uploaded to LoTW as soon as possible
Once they arrived and got set up the DX cluster came a live with VP9/ spots like many I had joined in the pile up but until today I have been unable to make that much needed contact. Nevertheless I am a great believer that conditions might improve and propagation might open for me I notice that Rob had been spotted on 15m working split CW I checked this out and he could be heard here with qsb on his signal I tuned up and the pile up was not too big and I gave a couple of calls and I was delighted that Rob came back.