Thanks To Jet Blue
August 14th 2018. Amazing Service from Christina at Jet Blue, can't beat these guys with courtesy and service. I made plans to go see family and friends in the US and Canada at the beginning of August. I decided to purchase two 18ft long commercial high gain antennas in the US, with the hope of bringing them to Barbados on my return flight . I called Jet Blue from Barbados and was told that the length of the antennas far exceeded the allowable size of anything that will be permitted on board even as checked luggage. I explained to the Customer Support Agent Christina what the antennas were all about, she then put me on hold and spent 3.5 minutes while speaking to her manager.
Christina then apologized for having me wait, can you believe that? She is trying to help me and yet apologized because I was waiting, this is why these people and places thrive. To my surprise and delight, Jet Blue gave me full permission to bring both antennas on board with me, all because Christina requested this on my behalf. These people will go at any lengths to help, both the Americans and Canadians, even if it costs them money and time. I then called TSA from Barbados, and got the green light to carry the antennas on board with me after they asked a few questions.
I arrived at JFK airport with an almost 8ft long by 4in in dia, thick heavy duty PVC pipe with the antennas encased. The Jet Blue ticketing agent Adriana looked at the notes Christina made on my behalf and then to my extreme surprise again, she totally waived the US$ 250.00 baggage fee for the antennas without me even asking. Cannot thank Jet Blue enough for their kindness and service, employees like Christina and Adriana make all the difference in the world, I wish others can take this as an example.
Many thanks to Jet Blue Customer Support Agent Christina and the ticketing Agent Adriana at JFK, for making this part of my flying experience and priceless contribution, a memorable and happy one.
June 29th, 2018. We had an extremely productive and pleasant meeting with the Honorable Senator Lucille C. Moe, Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Public Affairs and The Director Of Public Affairs, Ms. Patricia Parris.
Details of our meeting can be found here.
July 1st, 2018. I am extremely happy and beyond proud to say we have built, installed and commissioned a Brand New Amateur Radio Repeating Station in Barbados. The 8P6AN-R station will promote Amateur Radio Service and enhance Emergency and Disaster Preparedness in Barbados.
I made the repeater live at 10:30 Atlantic Standard Time, on July 1st, the day which my XYL who is also a HAM VA3AOR, reminded me it's Canada Day. After a lot of time spent with ordering, programming, tuning and testing both the Amateur Radio repeater, Echolink/IRLP, its computer and link radio, we are on the air with strong and solid signals, via EL/IRLP Caribbean and World Wide.
I would like to thank Randy 8P6PZ and the BCBRA for the use of the transmitting tower and communication room, Wesley 8P6GW who did an amazing job of climbing the tower to install two antennas, my friend Klaus in Canada VE3KR for purchasing the node and building on my behalf, David 8P6GZ and Charles 8P6ET for radio transmission checks and reports and last but not least, two of my committed, hardworking and dedicated construction employees, Derick and Michael. Everyone noted here made this dream and goal a reality for which I appreciate immensely.
Special thanks to The Honorable Senator, Lucille Moe Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Public Affairs and The Director Of Public Affairs, Ms. Patricia Parris for the time they spent listening to us.
Today June 14th, 2018, the BHRC President 8P6RR has been made a Certified ARRL Instructor. Certificate can be found here.
Great News, I have launched this website on Sunday 10th of June, 2018. I have been building this website for a few months and have finally published it onto the Wonderful World Wide Web. It's work in progress and always will be since that's what websites require.
HAM Related information will be posted here. Members can discuss details or contribute in the forums here.
I have been working with one of the Chief Amateur Radio Examiners in Trinidad, to facilitate candidates from Barbados to sit the exams in Trinidad. They use the Technician and General Class Certification, the information which can be found in the forums here.
Members can discuss details or contribute in the forums here.
The Barbados Ham Radio Club was just established. Right now I am getting the radio links set up for local coverage, the Caribbean Region and to the rest of the world on 2 Meter. We should have the entire array of links on the air by the end of this month June 2018. We will be planning events there after with the hopes of no Hurricane visits.