|"Only the most
worthy of us
should be the winner in
the Bermuda WW Contest!"
Mr. James W. Carroll Jr., VP9NA/KZ3N
In October 1998 I was invited to Bermuda Islands
by Mr. David Dodwell, the Minister of Tourism &
Marine Services of Bermuda Islands as a honorary
guest and World Wide winner in the “40th Anniversary
Bermuda World Wide Contest”.
At Bermuda International Airport I was met by Mr.
Anthony Davis, call sign is VP9LR, whom I had repeatedly
met in air before. Upon arrival in Palmetto Bay
Hotel we stretched a 3-band dipole antenna between
two palm-trees and after that my call-sign is VP9/US1IDX
sounded in the air.
Unfortunately, due to small height of the antenna,
the effectiveness of this antenna system was far
from perfect, and as a result, it was not always
possible to arrange high speed operation. After
a few days together with Mr. Michael Pereira, call
sign is VP9KK, we have arranged a small expedition
(call sign VP9/US1IDX/m) by car on rare districts
of Bermuda Islands to give our colleagues a possibility
to meet requirements of "Bermuda award", together
with Mike VP9KK we travelled through 7 from 9 districts
of Bermuda Islands, and I was very pleased to hear
again my good old friends Mr. Garry Hammond from
Canada VE3XN, Mr. Saulyus Zalnerauskas from Lithuania
LY5W, Mr. Nikolay Lavreka from Moldova ER0F, Mr.
Ed Repienko from Ukraine UT2IY etc.. Expedition
was just great, I 'll never forget a high-speed
operation while our car flew like a hawk over meandering
roads of Bermuda Islands. Few days later I had an
unforgetable party with bermudian radioamateurs
during the Annual Banquet in Royal Hamilton Amateur
Dinghy Club. After the banquet the winners were
I was presented the World Cup for the 1st place
in "40th Anniversary of Bermuda World Wide Contest"
by the Director of the Department of Tourism of
Bermuda Islands Mr. Gary L. Phillips.
And the words of Tony VP9LR - Contest Manager: "As
a result of refereeing of the contest you have won
the first place carried out 1557 communicaitons
which sumed up to 35,5 million points. Separately
I'd like to add that this result is the biggest
achievement for all 40-years history of Bermuda
contest" are still in my ears.
First among Bermuda amateurs was, traditionally,
Glen Cuoco VP9ID, the winner among Americans was
Bob Ross W1HJT.
On the last day, while leaving the hospitable house
of Mr. Anthony Davis VP9LR and on my way to Bermuda
International Airport I went on air with call-sign
VP9/US1IDX/m and during 20 minutes held more 100
communications (5 communications per a minute!).
When we arrived to the airport I still couldn't
leave this high speed operation…I had to stop when
the boarding was announced. Flying like a bird,
I took the plane which soon set his course to London...
Of course, this time, as always, I enjoyed the Bermuda
sun, sky-blue water and white-sand beachs. I hope
you will be amused by these pictures. .....
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Very 73 and Good DX, Igor Slakva,
VA3YDX / US1IDX