November 2012

QSL via home call (W9XY) direct or via bureau. All QSO's were uploaded to Club Log and LOTW.

Operating from Breezes Bahamas (all-inclusive resort!) on CableBeach, New Providence Island (IOTA NA-001). This was a "holiday style" operation from 4 thru 10 November 2012. This meant "casually" getting on the radio when not on the beach or doing other resort activities.

5 November @ 0430Z:
Thanks to the nice girl at the desk when we checked in, I'm working from the top (8th floor) of the tall building on the right! The building faces north so I'm on the west side, second room from the front. There are 100 QSO's and 16 DXCC entities in the log after only working the first afternoon and evening.

6 November @ 1200Z:
Noise level here is S6-7 so be patient if I ask for repeats. The log now shows 200 QSO's and 32 DXCC entities, both figures doubled from yesterday. I spent almost the whole day on the beach but we did take a couple of hours and went to the casino in the Wyndham hotel just a short ride down the road. The #10 Bus is a very efficient way to get around here and I'll likely take a few more rides on it before the trip is over. Today we're going on a snorkel excursion at noon.

7 November @. 0200Z:
Broke over 250 QSO's before bed time for a total of 450. I think conditions aren't very good yet and noise level is S9 at times. Also worked 45 entities now. Sat by the beach this morning and enjoyed some conch fritters. This afternoon we went on the snorkeling trip/swimming at a private beach, and we danced on the party boat deck on the way back to the hotel.

7 November @ 1200Z:
Last night was good on 40M. I had a run of 120 Q's in just over one hour, mostly all Europeans. DXCC worked total at 50 when I finally went to bed at 0120 local time, just over 570 QSO's logged.

9 November @ 0130Z:
Worked quite a few on 20M SSB this afternoon. It was mostly cloudy and cooler today, about 72 degrees Fahrenheit with a LOT of wind last night and today. This gave me more time on the bands this afternoon. Total DXCC hit 60 now and log shows over 925 QSO's. I should have no problem cracking the 1000 mark before we leave. One more day of operation and possibly a couple of hours more on Saturday morning local time before I have to pull down the antenna. Thanks to those who have been patient when I ask for repeats, the QRN is still consistently S8 here. Logs are up to date on Club Log so check there if any question of making the QSO.

9 November @ 1500Z:
Just under a day left and 1100 QSO's in the log. DXCC stalled out at 62 worked now though. Nice to hear a lot of familiar calls (W9's) last evening and this morning. Going to downtown Nassau during mid-day today. Much warmer today but the wind is still blowing. With food, drink, the sea, and DX, it will be tough to leave here tomorrow!

9 November @ 2230Z:
Finally the bands open and conditions are much better! Happy to work a lot of JA's on 15M tonight before dinner. That band was lacking QSO's so it is nice to bring up those totals. All equipment has been working well but I will be disassembling the station tomorrow mid-morning and packing up things to head home. Broke through 1200 QSO's, 1300 in sight, and 1400 even a possibility!

10 November @ 1700Z:
The holiday DXpedition has ended. Thanks to all who worked me and hope to see you again from some other place in the future. Final total was well over 1500 QSO's and 66 DXCC entities worked. Logs have been uploaded to Club Log and I'm sitting in the Breezes Bahamas lobby waiting for the bus to pick us up and take us to the airport for the 12 hour (3 hour layover) journey back home.

Band Breakdown:
40M 673 QSO's
30M 116
20M 94
17M 307
15M 207
12M 88
10M 64

TOTAL 1549

Rig: Yaesu FT857D & LDG Z100Plus Tuner
Ant: Inverted Vee made from rotor cable - one wire for each band,bands switched manually.
The ropes? .... Tied to palm trees about 70 feet down.

Thanks to everyone for the contacts!!