Assistance in obtaining a /VP9 license is given on a no-cost
basis (and the reciprocal licence costs nothing too) - I (Ed - VP9GE) only need a
copy of your operating permit and the dates
and (my - Ed - VP9GE) place of operation. You must have a General Class licence or higher.
Further information on licensing can be obtained here.
Full licence information is also available here.
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 with N1MM
avoid disappointment, check availability first, the Bermuda climate
takes a heavy toll on radios)
(Cushcraft originals before MFJ by-out)
160m Inverted L
Vertical Cushcraft A4STriband
(20/15/10 metre) Four Element Yagi (on Strumech tower and HAM-M rotator
[manual control box])
6 metre Yagi Antenna switching
(includes AC o/p adapter)
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
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, all Amateur Radio gear is duty-free (whether staying
on island or not). However, it is very advisable to be able to produce
a licence/permit if you are stopped/inspected by Customs (the Officers don't always know this).
When visiting us, you will need to fill out Immigration/Customs
forms, which you will receive on board ship or aircraft.
Maintainance of most antennae, rigs and power supplies partly made by the
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