Date: June 23-July 6, 2013
Zone: CQ-08, ITU-11
After such a great visit last year, we were anxious to return to Statia again over the July 4th Independence Day holiday. While not widely known in the U.S., Statia was the first country to recognize our independence when the cannons at Fort Oranjestad saluted a U.S. warship passing by the island.
Statia continued to generate big pile-ups even three years and many operations after becoming a DXCC entity on October 10, 2010. While my QSO totals don't exactly reflect
this, I decided to direct more of my attention on some needed rest and relaxation. Much of my radio time was spent monitoring for 6m openings. Overall, this had been a disappointing summer
for 6m and being in Statia during the summer peak didn't make much difference. Openings were sporadic and weak, although I made it into Europe twice. The remainder of the contacts
were mainly to North America or ragchewing with other Caribbean stations about the dismal propagation.
HF band conditions were very good most days. What little time was spent on HF during this trip was focused on openings to Asia and Europe.
n 2x Icom IC-706MkIIG
n Elecraft KPA-500
n Spiderbeam 5-band (10-20m)
n M² 6M5X
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We stayed at the Keli Keli rental home located on the northern slope of The Quill. The terraces provide amazing views of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean with clear takeoffs to Oceania, Central & North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Keli Keli hosted the PJ5/SP6EQZ & PJ5/SP6IXF DXpedition in 2010 & 2011.