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US Virgin Islands

Contact Information

Section Name:
US Virgin Islands
Contact:
Fred Kleber
Email:
K9VV@ARRL.ORG

Basic Information

Division:
Southeastern
Alert:

 

 HURRICANE SEASON STARTS JUNE 1ST!

* Check and replace all batteries in your equipment

* Make sure VHF equipment to communicate through repeaters is programmed with:
1)  Repeater pair with appropriate tone, if any
2)  Simplex on the output of the repeater with RX tone disabled
3)  Reverse pair with TX tone added for anyone who uses RX tone

Stay Safe!

Description:

 

Please visit WWW.VIHAMRADIO.ORG for additional information

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 Welcome to the USVI Section Information Page  
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 Here is some useful information for those thinking about visiting the USVI:

 

REPEATER INFORMATION 

St. Croix – NP2VI - 147.250 MHz (+) offset; 100 Hz tone – VI ARES Net Monday evenings at 8 pm local
St. Croix – NP2VI - 147.110 MHz (+) offset; 100 Hz tone (Coming back on air soon!)
* St. John - KP2SJ - 146.63 MHz (-) offset; 100 Hz tone - Weather Net daily  at 7:00 am local – All welcomed
St. John - NP2OW - 146.91 MHz (-) offset; 100 Hz tone (SEASONAL OPERATION)
St. Thomas – KP2O - 146.81 MHz (-) offset; 100 Hz tone
St. Thomas – KP2O - 446.800 MHz (-) offset; DMR (digital mobile repeater) - 

St. Thomas – NP2GO / NP2GS - 146.95 MHz (-) offset; 67 Hz tone -  (Status unknown)
St. Thomas – KP2T (former NP2IA) - 146.97 MHz (-) offset  -  (
Status unknown)
St. Thomas – NP2Q - 146.47 MHz; no offset; IRLP node #7851  -  (Status unknown)
St. Thomas – NP2GO - 447.45 MHz (-) offset, no tone  -  (Status unknown)

British Virgin Islands - VP2R - 146.73 MHz (-) offset, no tone  
Puerto Rico Repeater Listing - http://kp4boricua.org/pr/coordinaciones-2016/ 
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 Other Caribbean Repeaters
   - Antigua - V21ARC - Mt. Obama - 147.00 MHz - (+) offset; 103.5 Hz tone - IRLP 7200 / Echolink 249848 V21RW-R
   - Antigua - V21ARC - Monk's Hill - 443.125 MHz - (+) offset; 103.5 Hz tone
   - Anguilla - VP2EA - 145.49 MHz - (+) offset; 156.7 Hz tone - IRLP 7907 / Echolink 444261
   - Dominica - J73D - Morne Anglais - 442.100 MHz - (+) offset; 103.5 Hz tone - IRLP 7000 / Echolink 243124 J73CI-R
   - Montserrat - VP2M - Garibaldi Hill - 146.97 MHz - (+) offset; 100.0 Hz tone - IRLP 7274 / Echolink 457855 VP2MQ-R
   - Saint Martin - PJ7R - St. Peter's - 146.76 MHz - (-) offset; 186.2 Hz tone - IRLP 5830 / Echolink 862369 PJ7R-R
   - Sint Maarten - FS5ZMG - Pic Paradis - 146.85 MHz - (-) offset; 186.2 Hz tone

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) – k9vv@arrl.org (Annual dues are $10 per year.) More information is available at http://www.vihamradio.org  

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 Gilly Grimes, NP2OW, St. John Amateur Radio Club, gillymon@aol.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!  Contact Stan Louden, NP2OX stanlouden@yahoo.com 


LOCAL HAM NETS

Virgin Islands Weather Net – Meets daily on the KP2SJ St. John Repeater (146.63 (-) offset, 100Hz PL); 11:00 GMT (7:00 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.

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 from 10:00z (6am) to 12:00z (8am)  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. 

The Hummingbird Net – Meets daily at 20:00z (4pm) and Sundays at 13:00z (9am) on 7.159 MHz. 

Caribbean Nets List - J69DS maintains a listing of other nets in the Caribbean.  It may be found at http://j69ds.dageekz.com/ham-info/caribbean-nets/   No guarantees on the accuracy of this list.

 

EMERGENCY HAM NETS

Caribbean Emergency Weather Net – Meets daily at 10:30z and 22:30z on 3.815 MHz.  For additional information, please visit www.cewn.org

Hurricane Watch Net - www.hwn.org - 14.325 MHz (day) / 7.268 MHz (night) - Activated whenever a hurricane is within 300 nautical miles of expected land-fall.  Disseminates storm information and relays meterological data to National Hurricane Center via embedded NHC station WX4NHC.  Also relays post-storm damage reports & other relevant information. 

Intercontinental Net - http://www.interconnet.org - 7am to noon US Eastern Time - 14.300 MHz - Provide a means of emergency communications to any location where the normal means are disrupted by local disaster such as fire, earthquake, storms, floods and terrorist activity.

Marine Maritime Services Net http://mmsn.org/ - 12pm to 9pm US EST or 12pm to 10pm EDT - 14.300 MHz - The network acts as a weather beacon for ships during periods of severe weather and regularly repeats high seas and tropical weather warnings and bulletins from the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center. 

14.300 MHz Net Information – More information about nets on 14.300 MHz may be found at http://14300.net/netinfoa.htm  or http://www.14300.net/

Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) - http://www.satern.org 14.260 MHz - The purpose of the SATERN net is to support the Salvation Army operations in local, retgional and international disaster situations. 

 

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, when operating from the USVI, 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,k9vv@arrl.org

Assistant Section Manager
Wess Tester, K2AHU - k2ahu@earthlink.net 

Section Emergency Coordinator

Daryl Jaschen, NP2QD - djaschen@gmail.com 

Public Information Officer
Sean Cullinan, WP2SC - sean@seancullinan.com

 

 

Links:
VI-PR Repeater List, VI Ham Radio Link

US Virgin Islands Officials