Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

February 11 – 21, 2023 I will be on the air from Saint Vincent (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), IOTA NA-109 as J8/AJ4YX. I have some other obligations during my stay, but I will be active as much as possible.

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The weekend of 11/12 February I will spend some time (not the whole weekend) in the Dutch PACC contest. If I call “CQ PACC” please don’t come back to my CQ call if your prefix is not PA, PB, PC, PD, PE, PF, PG, PH or PI.

In the weekend of 18/19 February I will spend some time (not the whole weekend) in de ARRL International DX CW Contest, providing a multiplier for participating stations.

The other days expect me to be QRV mostly in phone and FT8, although from time to time I will show up in CW.

Callsign: J8/AJ4YX
DXCC entity: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
QTH: Ratho Mill, Saint Vincent Island
ITU zone: 11
CQ zone: 8
IOTA: NA-109 Saint Vincent
Grid: FK93jd


10.02.2023 Arrival in Saint Vincent (late afternoon)
11.02.2023 J8/AJ4YX on the air till February 21 noon (local time)
21.02.2023 Dismanteling the station and QRT

Equipment and antenna’s

Radio: Elecraft K3S
Antenna’s: verticals + dipole, installed close to the Caribbean Sea
Bands: 10-80m (including 60m*)
Modes: SSB, CW and FT8 (f/h)

*Some people asked me about being QRV on 60 meter. I contacted NTRC and the answer can be found below. So expect me (also) to be QRV on 60m during my stay.

About using FT8 in fox/hound mode:
– J8 is no. 131 on the global most wanted DXCC-list.
– J8 is no. 46 on the list for Asia.
– According to Club Log J8 data-QSOs are considered to be “harder slots because of infrequent activity“.

For these reasons I consider it acceptable to use the “dxpedition-mode” Fox/Hound during my activity. The following FT8 frequencies will be used:
3,567 – 5,357* – 7,065 – 10,131 – 14,090 – 18,095 – 21,091 – 24,911 – 28,091.
Please (as always), call above 1000 Hz.

*60m FT8 will be in normal mode.


QSL via ClubLog OQRS is preferred. Bureau request is OK via OQRS. Direct to my homecall (PA2LO) is OK with SASE/SAE and sufficient funds for postage. Please no IRCs and please do not send your QSL to my US address. LoTW upload of entire log will be done shortly after returning home.