NOVEMBER 10, 2017
Dennis (N0SMX) and I made 4,395 contacts in the CQWW DX SSB contest at the end of October. All contacts made with VP2MDG have been uploaded to LoTW. We also made hundreds of digital QSOs using FT8. For all of these contacts we used Dennis' callsign, VP2MMX. We believe this was the first FT8 operation from Montserrat. Dennis will have those contacts uploaded to LoTW shortly.
On November 6th, Sigi (DL7DF) and his fine crew of dx-pedition ops, began a two-week operation on Montserrat as VP2MDL. All of us who operate from the station at Gingerbread Hill owe a debt of gratitude to Sigi and his team for installing a new hoist cable on the crank-up tower.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
I am heading back to Montserrat for the CQWW DX SSB contest in late October. I will be joined by Dennis, N0SMX for a multi-single operation in the contest. Prior to the contest we are going to try to give out some HF contacts using FT8.
JUNE 5, 2017
I was active in the CQWW WPX CW contest May 27 and 28 on 40M through 10M. I made 2,183 contacts during the contest and another couple of hundred contacts before and after the contest. I have uploaded ALL contacts to LoTW. Please QSL DIRECT ONLY to K2DM at the above address. I do not accept cards via the buro!
While I was on Montserrat I replaced the trap coils on the driven element of the CL-33 yagi, so that antenna should be working properly going forward.
NOVEMBER 7, 2016
I made just over 2,500 contacts in CQWW SSB DX in a part-time effort. On this trip I was acompanied by my girlfriend, Karen, and we had a wonderful tour of the island with Sunny Lea. Karen pitched right in helping me carry aluminum up to the rooftop deck and helping to assemble the yagis on the tower. Please QSL DIRECT ONLY to K2DM at the above address. Today I uploaded my log to LoTW.
OCTOBER 29, 2015
I just returned home from operating the CQWW DX SSB contest. I was single operator, all band, high power (if you consider 400W to be high power). Today I uploaded my log to LoTW. If you want a QSL card, please QSL DIRECT ONLY to K2DM. Please include an SASE or an SAE with two green stamps or oneIRC. I no longer accept cards via the buro.
JUNE 18, 2015
I uploaded the WPXcontest log to LoTW this morning. I have ordered new QSL cards for this contest, and they should be here within three weeks from now. If you want a QSL card, please QSL DIRECT ONLY to K2DM. Please include an SASE or an SAE with two green stamps or oneIRC.
MAY 29, 2015
After a two-year hiatus I have returned to Montserrat. Pete Stafford (K2PS / VP2MPS) and I are here to operate in the CQ WPX CW contest this weekend. We will use my call, VP2MDG. The station consists of a Mosley CL-33 tribander at about 55 feet, a Cushcraft 40-2CD at about 50 feet, an 80M inverted vee, an Elecraft K3 transceiver and an Ameritron AL-80A amplifier. QSL any contacts with VP2MDG direct only with SASE, IRC or two green stamps to K2DM at my QRZ.com address.
JANUARY 22, 2014
In October 2013, VP2MDG was operated by my brother Peter, K3ZM. QSL to K2DM,DIRECT ONLY, please. Peter's log has been uploaded to LOTW.
DECEMBER 10, 2012
I uploaded the contest log to LOTW today, so it should be active in about one week. I have not yet received my new QSL cards for 2012, so please be patient. I have about 150 direct requests for cards, and I will process them as soon as I can.
NOVEMBER 11, 2012
G3NKC (Dave), G4XUM (Martin), GM4AFF (Stewart) and I operated in the CQWW DX SSB contest last month. We entered the multi-operator, two-transmitter category, and we made over 11,000 contacts in the contest. QSL contacts with VP2MDG via my home call, K2DM. Please QSL Direct only with an SASE or a green stamp. I no longer accept QSL cards via the buro. I have ordered new cards for this operation. I should receive them in about 3-4 weeks, so please be patient. I will submit the contest log to LoTW around 12 December.
Once again we operated from the Gingerbread Hill guest house in St. Peter's, Montserrat. Check out my personal web site for additional information about operating from Montserrat and about Gingerbread Hill. http://www.k2dm.com/montserrat-info
NOVEMBER 9, 2011
AD4J (Jim), K3ZM (Peter), K6AAX (Patrick), W4GKA (Glen) and I operated in the CQWW DX SSB contest last month as a multi-operator, two-transmitter entry. We made over 9,000 contacts during the contest. QSL contacts with VP2MDG via my home call, K2DM. Direct QSLs with an SASE or a green stamp are answered quickly. Buro cards are accepted, but round trip via the buro takes many months. I have ordered new cards for this operation, and they should arrive in about two weeks. I have already received over 50 cards direct, and I will respond to them as soon as the new cards arrive.
I have submitted our contest log to LoTW. If you need a LoTW confirmation for a contact with VP2MDG in the few days before the contest, please send me an email.
Obtaining a license to operate on Montserrat has become very easy, thanks to the staff of the new Info-Communications Authority. We visited the ICA offices, which are less than a mile from our QTH at Gingerbread Hill. It was a pleasure to meet Mr. Riley and Ms. Blake. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in operating from Montserrat.
As usual, we operated from Gingerbread Hill guest house. Great hosts, beautiful views,a 55-foot crankup tower on site, great shots to Europe and the USA, high QSO rates. With any luck, I'll be back in 2012.
NOVEMBER 13, 2010
I operated in the CQWW DX SSB contest last month, making 4,538 contacts as a single-operator, all-band entrant. The tower and antennas worked VERY well, as many stations contacted commented on how loud my signal was. Thanks to all who called me. Pileups were often large, and I did my best to work through them quickly. I have uploaded my contest log to LOTW. New QSL cards are being printed, and I should receive them within another two weeks.
The outer band winds from Hurricane Tomas were fairly strong all weekend, but no damage was sustained. We did experience a power outage of about 75 minutesSaturday evening. It's just as well - I needed a nap.
A new Info-Communications Authority has been established on Montserrat, and new licensing procedures for visiting amateurs are being developed. Feel free to contact me for more information if you are considering visiting Montserrat.
MAY 4, 2010
I have operated two more times from VP2MDG. In November 2008 I operated single-operator in the CQWW CW DX contest.
In October 2009 I operated multi-single in the CQWW SSB DX contest, joined by brother Peter (K3ZM) and friends Jim (AD4J) and Glen (W4GKA). In 2009 we used my 55-foot crankup tower with a TH-6DXX triband yagi for the first time. Very nice.
As of today I have uploaded 4 VP2MDG contest logs to LOTW. These are the logs from the CQWW DX contests as follows: 2009 SSB, 2008 CW, 2007 SSB and 2006 CW. ONLY the logs from those 4 contest weekends have been uploaded. Unfortunately, I am not able to upload non-contest QSOs at this time.
FEBRUARY 4, 2008
The new QSL cards from our October 2007 operation finally arrived today. We will be able to start working on the backlog now. Thank you for all the cards you have sent so far.
Peter, Glen and I had a wonderful time operating from Gingerbread Hill once again. We made over 4,900 contacts during the CQWW DX SSB contest using my callsign (VP2MDG), and each of us made a number of contacts outside the contest. Peter used VP2MZM and Glen used VP2MKA. Send QSLs for VP2MZM and VP2MDG to K2DM. Send QSLs for VP2MKA to W4GKA. The new QSL cards for VP2MDG should be ready about the middle of December. Once again, we were supported by Tyghar, VP2MNI.
I returned to Montserrat to operate in the 2006 CQWW DX CW contest. This time I stayed at Gingerbread Hill in St. Peter's. I put up a Mosley CL-33 triband yagi on the roof of the villa and dipoles for 160M, 80M and 40M. The station consisted of a Kenwood TS-850S transceiver driving a Dentron Clipperton-L amplifier. I made 4,029 contacts in the contest and a couple hundred contacts before and after. QSL all contacts to K2DM, but please note that cards will not be ready until mid-January 2007.
My operation was made possible with the generous assistance and friendship of VP2MNI. Thank you Tyghar!
The proprietors of Gingerbread Hill are very ham friendly. They welcome both contesters and casual operators, and the location is fantastic for ham radio. I left behind a Kenwood TS-570SG transceiver with power supply, mic and keyer for other visiting hams to use. Check out the Gingerbread Hill web site at: http://www.volcano-island.com/. I will be returning in October 2007 for the CQWW DX SSB contest.
My brother Peter (K3ZM) and I visited Montserrat on a day trip from Antigua with our wives in February 2004. We decided to return to Montserrat in November 2004 to operate the CQWW DX contest. I was issued the callsign VP2MDG, and I made hundreds of contacts before and after the contest with that call. Peter was issued VP2MZM, and we used his call during the contest. He also made hundreds of contacts before the contest using his call. QSL ALL CONTACTS with either callsign to me, K2DM. We operated from the Providence Estate villa. We received considerable support from Keith Greaves, VP2MEG, and it was a great pleasure to be able to meet Keith and to spend time with him. We also had the pleasure of meeting Trond, LA9VDA, who was on Montserrat operating as VP2MLA.