VP9GE

Bermuda

 
VP9GE
   Ed Kelly

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1 Tarrafal Drive, Hamilton CR 04, Bermuda - Voice: 441-293-2525 Fax: 441-295-3559 | Maidenhead locator: FM72pi Location: 32.350N, 64.720W
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CQ Magazine (September 2017) article about VP9GE's QTH
PDF format (Reprinted with permission from CQ Communications, Inc.)

Recent Visiting Radio Amateurs



VP9GE - Recent and Upcoming Operations
Recent & Upcoming Operations at Tarrafal :: RBN DXWatch
10-15 May, 2017
CX3AN Bert & CX4CR Mario
6-11 July, 2017 N2OO Bob &  KU9C Steve. QSL to N2OO & KU9C
{VP9HQ during IARU HF Championship} QSL for VP9HQ to KU9C
25-30 October, 2017
K3SW Steve - CQWW SSB
19-28 November, 2017
VE3RZ Tony - CQWW CW
21 January -2 February, 2018
KL7SB Steve
15-19 February, 2018
W6PH Kurt - ARRL DX CW
8-12 March, 2018
KG6CIH Chris & WH6DSN David - Vacation style
May-3 June, 2018
VA6FAB & VE6BIE
6-16 June, 2018
WA4PGM Kyle (& Pam)
11-18 July, 2018 KU9C Steve - {VP9HQ during IARU HF Championship} QSL for VP9HQ to KU9C
1-14 August, 2018 KL7SB Steve {VP9I during NAQP CW & WAE CW}
24-29 October, 2018
N1SV Les & W1ZZ Ed {VP9I during CQWW SSB}
31 October-14 November, 2018
VP9KF Paul (& Ann) - HF CW only operation
21-27 November, 2018
W1NN Hal & N2BA Brooke {VP9I during CQWW CW}
29 November-2 December, 2018
W3WH Bill, K3VX Larry, WO3Z Jim & K3GW Gary {VP9I during ARRL 160m CW}


All QSL cards for visiting stations are via their home callsign, or other information given on their own web pages.
QSL cards for VP9I are handled by a manager
Please do not QSL to VP9GE or the Bermuda (RSB) Bureau!


Visitors speed records on CW:
Pileup: VP9KF, 608 QSOs in 2 hours (304/hr rate) ... 2011.11.10
Contest: VP9KF, 285/hr rate... 2007.05

Visitors speed records on SSB:
Pileup: ??
Contest: W6PH, 100/hr in 48 hrs

AA1AC, AA8LL AG2AA
CX3AN, CX4CR
DL1YAF, DL1YCX
G1OCN, G3PJT, G3TXF, G3ZAY, G4CWH, G7VJR, GW3SQX
IV3MUR
JR1IXB, JR2KDN, JR3IXB 
 
  K1XM, K1YR, K2CF, K3IT, K3PH, K3SW, K3TRM, K3YD, K4AVC, K4KGG, KF4VTT, K7AR, K8LIZ, K9GY, K9JY, K9ZO, KE0UI , KG2A, KG9N, KM3T, KQ1F,  KU9C, KL7SB, KG6CIH, K9CS
LY3Z
M0BLF, M0VFC
    N1HRA, N1NSB, N1RCT, N1SV, N2OO, N3AD, N6NO, N0ED, N0JK, ND8L, NE8Z, NM6E, N2BA
OH1VR, OH3SR,
PA3GIO
SM3TLG
VE3DZ, VE3RZ,  VP9KF, VP9NF (AI1DX), VA6FAB, VE6BIE
 W1IVB, W1TC, W2VT, W3CMP, W3MF, W3PV, W3TB, W4OV, WD4R, W6PH,
 WA1GPO,
WA1S, WA4PGM, WB3IGR & WB3LTH, WB4DNL, WW3S, WD6HSN, W1NN, W3WH        

and quite a few more........  

Need a web page for your visit? Contact my webmaster and we'll give you an area for FREE*!
Send us your details (and picture) a fortnight in advance and we'll put your DXpedition on hamcall.net, QRZ.com and DX425 too.

When you leave the arrivals area at the airport, turn right** [still inside], walk past the greeting area [SMILE] and exit the side automatic door to meet Ed. KEEP SMILING! Ed can no longer sit and wait for you at the airport. Look to your left for a payphone (public telephone box). It takes cash only and a call to Ed is 50c (2 quarters). It takes US and local coins but not Canadian.
When Ed arrives (normally a few minutes) you'll be looking for a WHITE Mitsubishi minivan (Licence No. VP9GE(!)). 

If you do not see the minivan telephone 293-2525 for transport (146.82MHz sometimes works also).
**[If you go straight on, you will walk up to the line of waiting taxi drivers and miss Ed. Some taxi drivers do not know where Tarrafal Drive is].

*For radio amateurs only. Your area will be on vp9ge.com/<your home callsign>. Maximum 10MB. Access to your own area by FTP is available.

The World from VP9GE


Visiting Bermuda
Your licence will have <homecall>/VP9 on it. Please obey DXCC rule 7 or your contacts will not count:
7. Any Amateur Radio operation should take place only with the complete approval and understanding of appropriate administration officials. In countries where amateurs are licensed in the normal manner, credit may be claimed only for stations using regular government-assigned call signs or portable call signs, where reciprocal agreements exist or the host government has so authorized portable operation.

It goes without saying, don't drink and drive. This is particularly important in Bermuda as most visitor traffic is on scooters (formally called 'Mobylettes'). Combining riding a bike, unfamiliar roads and (probably) driving on the side of the road that you're not used to is quite a 'mix'. There are now some small 'car' rentals, for the first time, but they are 2 seaters, have very limited space and are quite costly. There is now a heightened programme of random stops and tests for drivers, so be warned!

Be careful not to import something that you shouldn't. (Cruise ship) visitors are frequently appearing in court the next day and being heftily fined these days ($5k+) because of medical marijuana, bullets and the like. The officers and sniffer dogs are very well trained.

VP9GE - Passports
Passports
If you are coming to Bermuda you will need a passport. In the past, USA visitors were not required to have one.
The majority of our visitors come from the USA, Canada and UK.

For processing times at the Department of State (USA), please check here (ignore the sections on Visitors Visas to the USA).
Fees - for the USA it will be from US$110 to US$145*.

* We recommend you get a Passport Book & not a Passport Card as the Card is not accepted the world over.
Did you know that only 42% of US citizens have a passport?


For the UK it is from 75.50 (UK) to >US$244 (for applications made from overseas).

Canada - C$95 (Canada) to C$235 (for applications made from overseas).
Additional information on boarding US domestic and international flights
In addition to your passport, photo ID such as a drivers' licence is required. HOWEVER:
Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington State and American Samoa drivers' licences will not be acceptable boarding ID in the USA.
Update: Most US states are changing their
drivers' licences, upon renewal, to newer high-security versions [notable by a star logo on them]
You will need to produce another form of photo ID if your state licence is not accepted by TSA security checks


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