can bring your own rig* or we can make a rig available)
Yaesu FT-920 (with IRC CW
filter) - control through DB-9 connector (works well with N1MM+ Logger)
avoid disappointment, check availability first, the Bermuda climate
takes a heavy toll on radios)
(Cushcraft original before MFJ by-out)
160m Dipole with sloping northern leg 80m Dipole
WARC bands fan (parallel) dipole Cushcraft A4STriband
(20/15/10 metre) Four Element Yagi (on Strumech tower and HAM-M rotator
[manual control box])
6 metre Yagi may be added if you wish Antenna switching
(includes AC adapter)
MFJ 12V/45A or
JTPS45 Jetstream 12V/45A
Bermuda uses 120VAC/60Hz
All outlets at Tarrafal are 3 prong (modern) grounded outlets. We
An operating desk (a couple available)
An operating chair (a couple available)
A customised "hutch" which carries accessories on
shelves which will be clear
of your notebook display NOTE: Some other older
locations on the island may use 2 prong (symmetrical) un-grounded
outlets. Bring an adaptor
in case you run your notebook (or something else) somewhere else.
It you don't, you may have to take pliers and break off the ground
Adaptors can be bought at Ace
Hardware, TruValue, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. in the USA
Too late? Ace Hardware in Bermuda is at Gorhams. TruValue
is located here.
Please bring your own logging computer, software and headphones.
aDSL broadband is available.
limit in VP9 is 150W input to the finals. Please
don't bring power amplifiers to the island OR RIGS WHICH WILL EXCEED
THE LEGAL LIMIT (example: those that can run more than 100W output).
These are not legal and I may not have power supplies that will handle
these loads. If the Customs agent knows the REAL rules, your rig may be siezed.
entering Bermuda, Amateur Radio gear is duty-free provided it will be
leaving with you. However, it is very advisable to be able to produce
a licence/permit if you are stopped/inspected by Customs (the Officers
may not always know this).
When visiting us, you will need to fill out Immigration/Customs
forms, which you will receive on board ship or aircraft and need to be completed before reaching the immigration agent on entry. The physical address for operation at the VP9GE (and VP9I) location is 1 Tarafal Drive, Hamilton CR 04, Bermuda and is needed on the form(s). Don't use the mailing address at Box 1555.
Maintainance of antennae, rigs and power supplies partly made by the
webmaster, VP9KF. vp9ge menu