Back from KH6


After a longer than planned vacation to Hawaii I’m back at the key in the CQ-WPX Contest.

Did I miss having a radio in Hawaii? Not for one second. Didn’t even take a camera other than the one in my smart phone (dang happy with it too).

I spent a lot of time there (Navy) in the 80’s and 90’s but this was by far my most fulfilling trip. My YL patiently endured my reminiscing of how things used to be and exclamations of “Man, things sure have changed!” said too many times to no one in particular.

  • Best dessert on Oahu – the chocolate souffle at Roy’s.
  • Most over-rated restaurant – Marukame Udon.
  • Best unexpected good meal – any of the shrimp trucks on the North Shore.
  • Still as much a 3rd-world backwater contained within the US – Chinatown.

Waikiki lacks any of its former character, having become a shopping mecca for W and JA tourists. It is absolutely nothing more than that. Gone from Kuhio & Kapiolani streets are the impromptu bars with local flavor, the $1000/night working girls, open-air BBQ stands and local musicians.

In other words, the things that once gave it character.

Completely sterile now, made safe for the shoppers. Sad.

Most of our time was spent near the North Shore at any of the isolated beaches that still fit Michener’s words: “coconut palms s21xvnodding gracefully toward the ocean. Reefs upon which waves broke into spray, and inner lagoons, lovely beyond description”.

An 8-hour flight brought us home to a mailbox full of junk and bills – and a much anticipated QSL from a country I’d given up hope of working, Bangladesh, courtesy of Vadym UT6UD operating as S21XV.

Thanks (Mahalo) again, Vadym – you da man…

Now back to the contest with a cup of that $$$ Kona coffee we had to lug back with us. Aloha for now.



  5 comments for “Back from KH6

  1. Jerry N4EO/YI9EO
    May 26, 2013 at 6:48 am

    next trip check out the guys and gals of KARC, Koolau ARC on Oahu….nice folks with a few committed DX’ers and my club for years our residence 2004-2010 while at Tripler Army Medical Center for my last Army assignment before heading off to the Happy Hunting Grounds of retirement.
    My YF, Angie also got converted there….exchanging N6DXW for KH6EO. 73, Jerry N4EO,ex-YI9EO

    • May 26, 2013 at 7:31 am

      We may be returning Jerry so will check that out. I found out too late that I could have operated from the USS Missouri KH6BB if I’d made prior arrangements.

  2. May 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Good afternoon John, very nice sound trip for sure have never been there and not sure I can throw to money down to say I was there. Very nice shot of the beach oh and it’s just to bad the bills just can’t stop coming! When I get the mail Julie says “what only bills” to which I reply “there are not that many out there sending us money…”
    Good luck in the contest the conditions have improved Sunday but my QRP signal is being asked for tons of repeats.

    • May 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Good luck to you too, Mike – I keep thinking I’ll work you eventually!

  3. June 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Kona coffee…the real stuff!

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