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Barbados Ham Radio Club

Keeping Amateur Radio Alive and Fun


Hello and thanks for visiting my website. I built this website, in view of promoting and supporting Amateur Radio in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean. Included in that view, we render support and enhance The Caribbean Emergency and Disaster  communication network.  We are the Barbados Link for the Caribbean Emergency Echolink Net called CEEN, click here for CEEN.

I am Raf, 8P6RR which is my Barbados Call Sign and VA3RIR which is my Canadian Call Sign. I am also a Certified ARRL Instructor, my certificate can be seen here.  I am the Owner, Web Master and Admin for I was born in Guyana South America, migrated to Ottawa, Canada's Capital in the early 1990ies. I was based in Barbados with the Canadian High Commission since 2013, lived in Ottawa, Canada's Capital for nearly 30 years. I am a Technologist by profession who manufactured Satellite Dishes in the past and still deeply involved in electronics for work and hobbies.

My 8P6 QTH consists of a 7 band (40 to 6 meters) Hex Beam antenna manufactured by  G3TXQ in the UK. This antenna is the exact same antenna which was sent to the Radio Society of Great Britain for review, so it has some history already.

The review of my antenna can be found by righting clicking and opening them in new tabs,  these three links, they are three PDF pages.... Hex, Hex 1 and Hex 2.  The Hex Beam Antennas are extremely efficient, light and had a very low wind loading factor.

My HF TX Power plant which lights up the Hex Beam Antenna, is a Flex Radio 6500 Software Defined Radio called SDR which you can see below this page. For 2 meters base, there is a stack of 3 Icoms, an IC 2200H, an IC-2200 and an IC- F121

For Mobile use there is a new Kenwood TM-D710G waiting to go into my work in progress, restored and upgraded Land Rover Defender  110 and an Alinco DR-635T for my VW Beach Buggy, which will be rebuilt and upgraded when the Defender is completed.

My Echolink Node 152150 is linked to a Yaesu FT-2600M 2 meter radio along with IGATE with my KW TM-D710G. My Echolink Node is used for both Amateur Radio and an  arm for linking Barbados to CEEN, the Caribbean Emergency  Echolink Network.