October 4 through October 13, 2019

QTH on Cooten Bay, Tortola - K5WE

British Virgin Islands


OKDXA members Jeff, K5WE, will be active as VP2VEM and Bill, N5AQ, will be active as VP2V/N5AQ from Tortola, British Virgin Islands beginning October 4 through October 13, 2019. Located on the island of Tortola, Cooten Bay is on the North East coast of the island.


The Island


The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over 50 other smaller islands and cays. About 16 of the islands are inhabited. The capital, Road Town, is on Tortola. The islands had a population of about 28,000 at the 2010 Census, of whom approximately 23,500 lived on Tortola; current estimates put the population at 35,800 (July 2018).


View of Cooten Bay from QTH - K5WE



The DXpedition team will operating all bands 160 through 10 meters, mostly CW with some RTTY, FT8, FT4, & SSB. Equipment includes K3 radios with 400 watt amps (BVI Legal Limit). Antennas will include a Hexbeam for 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 meters, a Crank-IR vertical for 80 - 10 meters, and dipoles for 160, 40, and 30 meters. Dunestar bandpass filters to help with inter-station interference.



VP2VEM Live DXpedition Clublog


VP2V/N5AQ Live DXpedition Clublog




Depending upon a reliable Internet connection, logs will be streamed live on the Clublog display below or will be uploaded as soon as a reliable connection can be established. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW upon returning home. QSL via ClubLog OQRS, or QSL VP2VEM to K5WE, QSL VP2V/N5AQ to N5AQ…


OKDXA Members can schedule contacts on any band via email


Propagation Prediction

The ACE-HF prediction assumes 100 W from my transmitter and dipoles up 1/4 wave from Norman Oklahoma to VP2V. The SSN is set to the current value: zero. The graph in the upper right shows the SNR color coded as in the legend, with frequency on the y-axis and UTC on the x-axis. The prediction uses the VOACAP absorption model.





The DXpedition Team is scheduled to leave Tulsa early morning on Thursday Oct 3, flying to Houston, San Juan, then on to Tortola, BVI. They should be on the air sometime on Oct 4. Hope to put a bunch of OKDXA DXers in the log...