DXpedition to Belize
QSO Statistics Log Search QSL Old V31AD site
The V31AD expedition was put together by two ham friends, James, AG5TX, and Don, N5DD, and our XYLs Renee, KD5YGC, and Amy, KC5DJI. The expedition took place in the rental shack of V31MD, in Placencia, in southern Belize.
V31AD was operational from March 13 – 20, 2004. During this time we made 3,900 QSOs, with 3,000 unique stations. QSOs were made on the 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meter bands, using SSB, CW and RTTY.
Belize is just below Mexico on the Caribbean coast. It offers a mix of tropical forests rich with wildlife, majestic mountains, mysterious Mayan temples, and water sports. Belize’s major industries are Sugar, bananas, fish products, garment production, food processing, timber, tourism, and construction.
Placencia is at the southern tip of a long, narrow, sandy peninsula in Southern Belize. It’s a laid-back beach town. All commerce and activity used to be carried out by boat, thus the village's 'main street' is just a narrow concrete footpath less than 1m (3ft) wide. The main attractions are the beaches and water sports, there's also fishing, bird and manatee watching, and excursions to jungle rivers and wildlife sanctuaries.
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Dentron Clipperton L
Butternut HF9B (located in the saltwater lagoon)
Writelog (with MMTTY plugin)
|The V31AD shack||Through the front door||Cushcraft A3|
|Don, N5DD, in the shack||James, AG5TX, in the shack||Cushcraft A3|
|AG5TX using an 802.11b card to upload pics and logs to the website|
|Butternut HF9B coils|
|Butternut HF9B in the saltwater lagoon||Bird of Paradise||Coconuts|
|Kitty's Place. Across the street from the shack, great restaurant and beach.||Beach at Kitty's place||Pool at Kitty's place|
|Ops taking a break in town.||Island getaway||Relaxing on the beach|
|Sign by the airstrip||Close call!||V31AD QSL card|
|Snorkeling. AG5TX must be searching for rare DX!|
|L-R AG5TX, KD5YGC, KC5DJI, N5DD.||L-R N5DD, KC5DJI, KD5YGC, AG5TX.|