V31FO QRV – safely arrived in Belize

After our flight from Frankfurt to Dallas/Fort Worth and staying a night in Texas we safely made it to Belize City Airport on Wednesday afternoon. From there it was just an 1,5 hours drive to the Maya Hill Lodge in Blackman Eddy, Cayo district. We were greated by Monika (V31BZ) and Andre (V31DL), our lovely hosts, who directly showed us the property, huts, etc. Went to bed quite early, it’s been an exhausting trip.

Suffering a bit from jet lag 😉 we got up quite early this morning to enjoy a beautiful sunrise on the hut’s patio. Then went with Andre into the shack to prepare the station for my activities. Andre has a nice IC-7800 which was also used by Franscesco, IKØFUX/V31UX, who was there, too, during the week before with his lovely wife Roberta. Unfortunately it didn’t produce any audio output through Andre’s microHAM microKeyer II and we couldn’t find the reason. So we quickly recabled the station for his IC-7300 and a second MkII which finally worked. I have to admit I already started sweating a bit when the initial setup didn’t work as I need audio out from a transceiver to work the RTTY contest this weekend for sure! 😉 But as it all works now I’m fine and really looking forward to the contest this weekend.

Here are a few first impressions …

Beautiful sunrise as seen from the patio …

Even caught a bird flying. 😉

Our hut, nicely surrounded by palm trees.

Nice shot of Andre’s antennas up the hill.

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