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Current information about ham radio in the USVI can be found at:
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Here is some useful information for those thinking about visiting the USVI:
* St. Croix – NP2VI - 147.250 MHz (+) offset; 100 Hz tone in the future
* St. Croix – NP2VI - 147.11 MHz (+) offset; 100 Hz tone
* St. John - KP2SJ - 146.63 MHz (-) offset; 100 Hz tone
* St. John - NP2OW - 146.91 MHz (-) offset; 100 Hz tone
* St. Thomas – KP2O - 146.81 MHz (-) offset; 100 Hz tone – IRLP node # 8784 - Dial 929 for time and date. Dial 878, unkey and wait for “Ready” command. Talk 4 seconds & stop transmitting. Repeater will echo 4 sec recording. Great tool to see how well you’re making the machine!
* St. Thomas – NP2GO / NP2GS – 146.95 MHz (-) offset; 67 Hz tone
* St. Thomas – KP2T (former NP2IA) – 146.97 MHz (-) offset
* St. Thomas – NP2Q – 146.47 MHz; no offset; IRLP node #7851
* St. Thomas – NP2GO – 447.45 MHz (-) offset, no tone
* British Virgin Islands - VP2R - 146.73 MHz (-) offset; no tone required
* Puerto Rico Listing - http://kp4boricua.org/pr/coordinaciones-de-repetidores-prvi/
* Other Caribbean - http://www.friendly7188net.net/documents/repeater67.php
LOCAL CLUB MEETINGS
St. Croix – The St. Croix Amateur Radio Club meets on the first Saturday of the month at the Deep End Bar at Tamarind Reef Hotel at Green Cay Marina. The group gathers around noon for lunch; an informal meeting begins around 12:30 pm. Meeting dates are occasionally moved to accommodate special events and holidays. The club invites resident hams and visitors alike to join. Contact Fred Kleber, K9VV (NP2X) – firstname.lastname@example.org (Annual dues are $5 per year.)
St. John – the St. John Amateur Radio Club meets at Ham (and Eggs) Breakfast -- 9 am, first Sat. of each month; alternates between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay; BYOB (Buy your own breakfast). Contact Paul Jordan, NP2JF, President, St. John Amateur Radio Club, email@example.com (Annual dues are $5 per year.)
St. Thomas - The St. Thomas Club meets every Tuesday at the Hook, Line & Sinker restaurant in Frenchtown, just west of the Seaplane base and the Veterans Drive Post Office. 12 noon to 1 pm. The Club meets in the back room. (Annual dues are $10.00 per year.) The club invites resident hams and visitors to join. Think about stopping in to Hook, Line and Sinker one of these Tuesdays!
LOCAL HAM NETS
Virgin Islands Weather Net – Meets daily on the KP2SJ St. John Repeater (146.63 (-) offset, 100Hz PL); 10:40 GMT (6:40 am local) each morning; hams provide local weather conditions. Get to know your fellow hams (and know that your rig is working!) Many local boaters also congregate here. NOTE - THIS REPEATER IS TEMPORARILY OFF THE AIR
St. Croix ARES Net – Meets weekly on the NP2VI/r St. Croix repeater. (147.25 (+) offset, 100Hz PL); 00:00 GMT (8:00pm local) every Monday evening. The intent of the net is to ensure storm readiness and to pass information of local interest to local hams. Visitors are encouraged to join. The repeater has handheld coverage from certain points on St. Thomas & St. John.
The Friendly Net - Meets daily at 10:00z on 7.188 MHz. There are three sessions: 1) Ragchew, 2) early bird, and 3) the regular session. The Frriendly Net has grown to become the largest 40-meter net in the Caribbean region. Additional information available at http://www.friendly7188net.net
OPERATING SUGGESTIONS FOR VISITING HAMS
If you are contemplating HF operation here, consider the following: Most hotels are eager to please their guests, but before you come down and start stringing wires all over the place, make arrangements with the hotel management. They may be able to put you in a room that is more ideally suited for your operation. Many folks enjoy operating VHF from the cruise ships which regularly visit the islands. Our repeaters provide good coverage far from shore, especially if you’re on a high deck of the ship. Put out a call and perhaps one of us will be listening and be happy to answer any questions you may have about the USVI.
Please don’t get discouraged if you don’t get a reply. It’s not that we are trying to be rude, it’s just that there are not many hams here on our small islands.
For HF, one should remember that much of the islands are rock. You might think that in this idyllic environment, surrounded with salt water, that a good ground would be easy to come by. Wrong assumption! The new half wave verticals seem to be popular and of course nothing beats a dipole fed through a tuner's balanced output, with ladder line.
If you hold a US amateur license, the U.S. Virgin Islands is a territory of the United States, so no reciprocal permits are necessary. It never hurts, however, to register your gear with U.S. Customs before you leave the states. In this way, you have proof that you brought the equipment OUT of the U.S. and eliminate any problems should a customs official question whether you bought your equipment in the states or abroad. (It's a good idea to do that with anything like cameras, computers, etc.) Oh yes, we’re also allowed to use 7.075 – 7.100 MHz on 40m SSB.
ADDITIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION
VI Section Manager
Fred Kleber, K9VV (NP2X), PO Box 24275, Christiansted, VI 00824-0275,firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Section Manager
Malcolm M Preston, NP2L PO Box 1318, Cruz Bay, VI 00831-1318 – email@example.com
Public Information Coordinator
Wess Tester, K2AHU - firstname.lastname@example.org