2009 5JØBV DXPEDITION SUMMARY
The 2009 return to San Andres Island proved to be every bit as challenging as the 2008 adventure. I had to move to four different QTHs before finally settling into a place that would tolerate the RFI and the view of the big 6M8GJ. Unfortunately, I lost my amp after only one day of operating so nearly all QSOs were accompolished due to the good ears and rigs of the Deserving. I added a third week to the trip because of losing the first week to constant relocations. This decision proved to be a good one - I was able to increase my QSO count from 374 to 1,291. Interestingly, I had only two openings to EU; my first day and my last day of operating! Final DXCC count 23. Thanks to all for your determined patience allowing me to work out my QTH and rig challenges / 73, Dennis K7BV
5JØM COPIED BY CHARLIE EI5FK DURING 2008 DXPEDITION
A Word About DXpedition Support
"Thanks to UKSMG, SMIRK, INDEXA, SEDCO, ETDXA, and private support, 6 meter focused DXpeditions will put a New One in your log - Es Ghoals & Gods willing. Please visit the websites of these organizations by clicking on their logo below. Make it a habit to drop some discretionary bucks their direction whenever you can so that they can continue their wonderful work. Thanks / 73, Dennis K7BV
~ SAN ANDRES y PROVIDENCIA ARCHIPELAGO ~
The archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina is located 480 miles northwest from the Colombian Caribbean Coast and 140 mile east of Nicaragua. It is made up of the islands of San Andres, Providence and St. Catherine, Bolivar and Albuqueque islets, Cotton, Haynes, Johnny, Serrana, Serranilla, Quitasueno, Rocky, and Crab cays and Alicia and Bajo Nuevo sand banks.
~ San Andrés Island ~
San Andrés, at the southern end of the archipelago is the largest island at 8 miles long and just under 2 miles wide. It is mostly flat, with the highest point being less than 300' tall. Most of the tourism and commercial businesses are on this island.
After a really tough trip to this island full of challenges last year, I am expecting a much smoother operation this year. I have obtained one of the new M2 6M8GJ 8 element 42' boom yagis to produce a better opportunity for QSOs. That yagi combined with a functional KW amplifier and numerous more days on the air will insure that many more of the Deserving put this DXCC entity in their log. The two openings to Europe last year with only 100 watts convinced me coming back in 2009 was a must-do. Together, you on your end of the opening and me on mine, we shall prove that San Andres Island in not "One Hop Too Far."
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