Rich Kennedy - N4ESS/KP2

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Hello from Rich Kennedy - N4ESS/KP2 in Christiansted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands operating from the once great station at WP2Z.



WP2Z, as it was in Feb 2005


Windwood Estates, Christenstead, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, previously the home of WP2Z.


Windwood, taken by N4ESS from the road leading up to the house.


Looking West from the front porch in the late afternoon.


N4ESS pointing at Windwood which can been seen from several places on the island.

A DXpedition or a great contest location was once not that far from home!
Sadly WP2Z, Christiansted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, no longer operates from Windwood. The property was sold and the station taken down. It will long be remembered by the contesters that had an opportunity to go there.

N4ES and N4ESS traveled to WP2Z on 5/26 - 6/02, 2004 for a well earned vacation and a chance to try our hand at contesting. Well, not just contesting. You know, CONTESTING !!! The kind you dreamed about when you were a novice. A pair of 920s, a great mountain top location, lots of antennas, and a view that won't quit. Sound too good to be true? Well it's not. WP2Z is located in just such a location with exactly that kind of rig and antenna compliment. Note: In the lower picture my finger is pointing to the hilltop that WP2Z is located on. It is the highest residence.

The ARRL International DX Contest (CW) was the third full weekend in February, (February 19-20, 2005). N4ES, Bill Coleman, and N4ESS, Rich Kennedy, operated from WP2Z, IOTA NA-106. We had a great time and pictures from that trip will be posted here soon. Bill's wife, Tammy, is our support team and keeps us going with coffee, good food, and takes the pics while we are operating.

It looks like our effort has been rewarded with WP2Z taking second place in the Multioperator Single Transmitter category with a score of 3,911,487. The team at V31TP took first place in the category with a score of 4,996,776. Congratulations guys! A big thanks also goes out to everyone for participating in the contest.

If you have a chance to talk to Bill, N4ES, at the Dayton Hamvention remember to ask him how the Flu and a QRP rig from Dave Benson's Small Wonder Labs got us started going to WP2Z. It is a story well worth hearing.

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