The "Buddies in the Caribbean" DXpedition group which specializes in 100 watt or less low power radios and the Buddipole portable antenna systems is back again to St Lucia (J6) on Dec 4 – 12, 2011.  The north shore Villa location was magnificent on our first visit in Feb 2010 and we want to demonstrate "ultralite" dxpeditioning into magnificent "vista" locations, operating a field portable battery-only radio with backpackable, lightweight antennas and most of all "having fun" with a new group of operators who have never experienced the "other side of a pileup!"

The eight operators are:  Budd/W3FF, Guy/N7UN, David/WD9CMD, Joe/N7BF, Steve/WF2S, Tom/K9CJM, Bill/AA4OC, and Barclay/WU1B.  There will be 3 villa stations in operation on 160-10m using CW, SSB, and RTTYm or PSK.  At the same time, several teams will be battery-only, field portable either from St Lucia beaches or scenic mountain tops.  They group will participate in the ARRL 10m contest (callsign:  J68UN) on Dec 10-11th.  QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or mail to the operator’s home callsign (SASE required).

The mini-DXpedition goal will be to work stations from all over the world using Buddipole antennas and other newly-developed Buddipole antenna accessory products.  The Buddipole antenna system is designed to be a lightweight and versatile way to put an efficient station on the air in minutes in almost any terrain.  By utilizing an interchangeable series of custom-made components, the user is able to configure dozens of antenna designs optimized for their particular operating needs.  The group in St Lucia expects to operate dipoles in various configurations, verticals, vertical beams, mini-yagis, and other antennas only using Buddipole parts.  Several new products will make their debut including a lightweight rotor, super capacity power supply, LiFePo4 battery packs, folding capacity hats, and new adjustableshockcorded masts.

All direct QSL's via the homecall of the operator with SASE only.
We have 3 primary goals for this website:
  1. Provide an immediate source of information that benefits the Dxpedition Team and those who are following this adventure.
  2. Supplement our Dxpedition blog which we intend to be a daily journal of activities and events about this Dxpedition.
  3. Document our Dxpedition process and procedures so others considering J6 as a destination can benefit from our experiences.
  4. One of our goals is to introduce "1st timers" to the fun and joy of DXpeditioning but in non-overwhelming way. We mentor, assist, and demonstrate the techniques of being a DX station such that these folks quickly become "seasoned veterans" and consequently have such a positive experience, they're soon planning their own next mini-DXpedition.
Consequently, this website will evolve as we learn based on experience.  Please send comments or suggestions to Guy/N7UN at my qrz.com email address.

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  • Dec 2011 DXpedition to St Lucia We are off to the Caribbean again Dec 4 - 12, 2011 to St. Lucia (J6) with a third BuddiPole DXpedition team. We have a "new" team that will get the ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2011, 6:50 AM by Guy Hamblen`
  • Dec 2010 St Lucia Expedition We are off to the Caribbean again Dec 5 - 13th to St. Lucia (J6) with a  second BuddiPole dxpedition team.  We have a "new" team that will get the opportunity ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2010, 7:34 AM by Guy Hamblen`
  • We are on the Way! Half our team is already enroute from the west coast to overnight in Fl. and then to meet the rest of the team in Miami for our Tuesday flight to ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2010, 4:41 PM by Guy Hamblen`
  • Ten Days and Counting Down…. Wow!  Where did the time go?  With our J6/homecall licenses in hand, ALL we have to do is pack and get to the airport in time!  Sounds easy!  But ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2010, 4:38 PM by Guy Hamblen`
  • One Big Step Closer... Our local host/landlord picked up our J6 licenses, paid the administrative fees, and sent them to our stateside contact for US postal distribution to the team.  Normally this would ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2010, 8:20 AM by Guy Hamblen`
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