HH2/VE2TKH – Haiti (with updates)

    • UPDATE: Dec 13th from HH2/VE2TKH

    Operation will end on Dec 15th around 07:00z-08:00z probably on 40m. Tnx to DX callers even if my signal was weak I worked most of you. Special tnx to Laurie VK7ZE for the call from Tasmania, in the log – pretty interesting QSO with my 5 foot screwdriver antenna!

    Haiti is a great country if it can stay quiet. Labadee is a very nice tourist destination with a brand new warf that can welcome any big ship from Carnival to Cunar cruiselines. WX is great at this time of the year. You can be safe if you stick to areas like Petionville, Kenscoff, Port-au-Prince downtown or Canape-Vert only by daytime. By nightime you must go out with good Haitian friends and a car, otherwise it is very risky. You must absolutely avoid Cite Soleil and Bel-Air like I did. I am lucky that in those 28 days here, that I wasn’t sick at all. You only need to drink Culligan, Aquafine, Crystal or others purified source water, also being careful where you eat and what is in your plate. Have fun if you visit here someday like I did, for myself I had plenty of fun here. More pics to come when back in Quebec City.

    •  UPDATE: Dec 7th from HH2/VE2TKH

    Battery power operation courtesy from Nadia Dieudonne. Propagation concerns and antenna performance restricted sometimes. I want to express my sinceres thanks to Mr. Jean-Robert Gaillard, HH2JR for his kind help to obtain HH licence. WX is still amazingly good and local food too. Also, my special thanks to Tim M0URX and ON5UR for QSL cards. I want to express the same gratefulness to Col, MM0NDX for publishing infos on his website. Still SPARE TIME operation, tnx for understanding. Maybe more time will be available on ”AIR” next visit here. Regards from Petionville.

    •  UPDATE: Dec 3th from HH2/VE2TKH 
    Still 2 to 3 hours a day battery powered spare time operation going with very low propagation from Haiti. Power can fail at any time, so sorry if you notice my signal disappearing suddently. Still paper logging.
    Now a little about Haitian life. Port-au-Prince is really nice and cool despite all being said by global worldwide medias. You can eat with your wife or girlfriend for less than 10 USD for both in a restaurant. An Haitian beer named ‘’Prestige’’ is 0.75 USD and any kind of sodas are 0.33 USD in the streets (a bit more in restaurants and nightclubs). People are kind, friendly and smiling a lot. Weather is very, very good since I came last Nov. 18th with only little showers in two evenings in a row (Nov 27th and 28th). On December 1st, I went to the National Museum for 1.25 USD a visit and learned a lot about the history of this nation. I enjoy public community tranports called ‘’tap-tap’’ for 0.12 USD a ride nearly every day. Ladies are very beautiful all around here. Yeah ! Haiti way of life is good and I like it very much.
    •  UPDATE: Nov 28th from VE2TKH in Haiti.

    Still using paper log. More than 500 QSOs so far in the log. The spare time will allow me 2 to 5 hours a day depending on many facts. Conditions good on 17 and 15. Will try 30m and 20m in few days. When electricity is here by evenings, look for me on 30m or 40m (mostly NA stns). Pse keep in mind it is a scewdriver antenna with 100 watts operation. Good luck to all.

    • UPDATE: Nov 25th from VE2TKH in Haiti.

    Now battery power between 11:00 UTC and 06:00 UTC. So, limited by this fact. Also, this operation is SPARE TIME folks. Laptop not working, paper log now. Negotiating with brother-in-law for a solution. Also there is a possibility for a new QTH with more power and more elevation for the antenna, negotiations pending.

    QSL card is via M0URX (Tim). Online card requests available via Tim’s website. Full ADIF log will be transfered to M0URX at the end of this operation. Please consider asking for a card after December 15th, 2009. Many tnx and cu in the piles. Next update will follow soon.

    • Nov 24, 2009

    Steve, VE2TKH informs he now has license to hand and is operational from Petionville, Haiti as HH2/VE2TKH. His license is valid from November 23 to December 15, 2009.

    Steve explains power is currently only available between 0100 to 1100 UTC. He also reports laptop issues. However, he hopes to overcome these problems soon.

    When active, look for Steve to focus on 30m, 20m, 17m and 15m.

    QSL via M0URX.