ZF2XF - Commonwealth Contest 2013 : Cayman Islands
Nigel G3TXF operated the 2013 Commonwealth Contest (BERU) as ZF2XF from the Cayman Islands. The ZF2XF logs were up-loaded to both Club Log and LoTW during the operation. Previous BERU operations by G3TXF were ZD7XF (2012), VP2MXF (2011), 6Y8XF (2009), VQ5XF (2008) and V25XF (2007), with a BERU score summary. For details on the Commonwealth Contests see Bob G3PJT's Commonwealth Contest website.
The Cayman Amateur Radio Society (CARS) held its AGM on the Monday right after BERU. CARS members in attendance were Peter ZF1HP (new member), Andrew ZF1EJ, Rudolph ZF1RR (holding Certificate), John ZF1DJ, Phil ZF1PB, Joe ZF2AH (W6VNR), Mike ZF1MW, Baxter ZF1AB, Roger ZF1RB (new member), Jim ZF2LC (W2SM), Luis ZF1LC. Peter ZF1HP and Roger ZF1RB both recently passed the Amateur Radio examination in the Caymans and have been issued with new licences. The CARS AGM was held at the Savannah QTH of Andrew ZF1EJ which is also the location of the excellent Caymans Amateur Radio Society club station : ZF1A.
The 40m-to-10m Moseley log antenna at 100ft and the Pro-6 beam at ZF1A Iguanas can be found in all sorts of strange places all over the Cayman Islands. The Caymans have many magnificent beaches which are constantly kept tidy.
The 2el rotary 80m beam at ZF1A certainly helped ZF2XF pull in a good number of G and VE stations during the 2013 BERU. Andrew ZF1EJ in the ZF1A shack which was being prepared for the ZF2XF BERU operation with a Elecraft K3 and HL-550X amp.
Nigel G3TXF with Joe W6VNR who has been a regular visitor to the Caymans since the 1970s and who operates as ZF2AH. A chance encounter: Nigel G3TXF meets with Bob K3UL and xyl Anette who all happened to be staying at the same East End hotel.
Joe W6VNR's car licence plate in the Caymans : ZF2AH The red ensign version of the Cayman Islands flag.
Having a second beam during BERU was really useful. This 40-10m antenna was left pointing SW towards VK and ZL on the short path. There are four main towers at ZF1A club-station: l-r : 2m/6m, A3 HF beam, 40m-10m Moseley log and the rotatable 2el 80m yagi.
ZF2XF joins the Cayman Amateur Radio Society There's no shortage of nice places to eat out in the Caymans!
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