For the second year in succession I was part of the Voodoo Contest Group team that operated PZ5V in the Multi/2 section of the CQ World Wide CW DX contest.

More details of the team effort here: http://voodoocontestgroup.com/suriname-2017/

My role in the team (apart from operating!) is that of ‘IT man’ – configuring the workstations and software in readiness for the contest. 

A spare bed in the QTH was commissioned to store some of the hardware required to put the stations together.
A spare bed in the QTH was commissioned to store some of the hardware required to put the stations together.
Checking the software out. We were using N1MM+ with Winkey units.
Checking the software out. We were using N1MM+ with Winkey units.

The PZ5RA rental station provides antennas and a couple of amplifiers – the rest we carry with us (radios, laptops, plumbing etc) and so it takes about a week before the contest to get things ready. With these antennas, the station plays very well!

The two HF towers, the six meter tower and the 80m vertical, all in one shot. The rental accommodation is om the left.
The two HF towers, the six meter tower and the 80m vertical, all in one shot. The rental accommodation is om the left.
The 80m vertical is based on a 18m Spiderpole and was erected by the (mainly UK team) PZ5K.
The 80m vertical is based on a 18m Spiderpole and was erected by the (mainly UK) PZ5K team.
A couple of Beverage antennas are deployed, one on EU and one on NA.
A couple of Beverage antennas are deployed, one on EU and one on NA.
The 6m beam in the foreground and one of the HF towers behind the rental accommodation.
The 6m beam in the foreground and one of the HF towers behind the rental accommodation.

It wasn’t all radio – some wildlife spotting was done around the QTH.

This bee hive is attached to the 6m beam!
This bee hive is attached to the 6m beam!
Local bird-life
Local bird-life
Local bird-life
Not poisonous, apparently, but I didn’t get too close to find out.
Our host Ramon, PZ5RA catches a small one.
Our host Ramon, PZ5RA catches a small one.