Art Phillips, NN
Art Phillips, NN7A, was QRV as V31JZ/p from South Water Caye, Belize (IOTA
NA-180) from 17-20 January 2003. This was a one-person operation using a 100-watt
transceiver (but running at lower power) with vertical and wire antennas. Operation was
mostly CW on 40-10m including WARC bands.
Operation took place from the
Ospreys Nest, a cottage owned by the Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga.
The only power sources available were battery and solar. The 15-acre coral sand island is
about 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Dangriga along the Belizean barrier reef, the longest
in the Western Hemisphere. It is shaded by coconut palms and mellowed by soft Caribbean
breezes. The operating location was on the wide verandah of the cottage, with a good view
of the Caribbean about 100 feet (30 m) away through the palms.
NA-180 was first put on the air as a new
IOTA by Art and Mike Sharp, NG7S/V31RL, in February 1993. This was Arts 4th
operation from South Water Caye, and his 10th trip to Belize since 1988. He has
also operated from the Turneffe Islands (NA-123), Ambergris Caye (NA-073), and numerous
places on the Belizean mainland.