Ham Social Life on Aruba
One of the delightful aspects of visiting the island is the getting to spend time with a number of really interesting and friendly people, both visitors and Aruba residents. Here are some pictures showing some of our island friends.
A tradition that may be unique to the Aruban contest community is the "post-contest dinner," generally occurring Sunday evening after each major contest. When we first started contesting there in 2003, the traditional watering hole was Brisas del Mar ("Breezy's" as AI6V called it) at Savaneta, but many other resaurants have been enjoyed, including Tony Roma's (W2GD's perennial favorite), Texas de Brasil, Don Carlos on the Wharf, Joop's (P43JB) and Yvonne's most excellent private Heineken-serving patio in Oranjestad, and other local eateries.
Here are some pictures of the local community, some of which were taken at various post-contest festivities. Click on any picture to enlarge, and note that the ID's all go left to right.
2010 WPX SSB post-contest dinner chez Joop and Yvonne: Andy, Russ (K6KLY), Carl (P40V), Stefan (DK1MM), Joop (P43JB), JP (P43A).
2009 Thanksgiving: JP (P43A), Chris (P43C), Katrine, Lissette,Carl (P40V), Lisandro (P43L), Jackie (P43P), Sue (P40YL), Andy, Martin (P49MR).
Feb. 2004 Post-Contest Dinner at TR's: Andy, John (W2GD), Jackie (P43P), Lisandro (P43L), Paolo (I2UIY -SK), Emily (P43E).
Same Table, 6 years later. Oct 2010: JP, Ed (N4OC), Andy, Donna (XYL-K0DQ), John (W2GD), Scott (K0DQ), Robert (W5AJ), Bill (KE5OG).
Nov. 2008 post-contest dinner, looking like a police lineup. The "usual suspects" are Jackie (P43P), Scott (K0DQ), Joop (P43JB), Carl (AI6V), John (W2GD), Andy.
Feb. 2016 ARRL DX CW: Olli (DH8BQA), Ben (DL6RAI), Andy (K2LE), John (W2GD), Andy, Tom (DL5LYM), Paul (DL5CW) at Barefoot on the beach.
Nov. 2016 CQWW DX CW: Thanksgiving at the Hyatt: Natasha, John (W2GD), Andy, Lisandro (P43L), Lissette, Cris (P43C), JP (P43A), Alex (KU1CW).