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QCWA Caribbean Cruise
 
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Be Informed HAM HOLIDAYS No. 9.1

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QCWA CARIBBEAN CRUISE

John B. Johnston W3BE

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   Hosted by QCWA Southern Wisconsin Chapter No. 162, some 180 members, their families and friends, enjoy spectacular weather for an eastern Caribbean cruise. 

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   Shown docked at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos, the Eurodam provided smooth sailing, nightly entertainment, sightseeing, camaraderie and great food.  2,104 passengers; 925 crew.  Gross tonnage 86,700 tons.  Length 935.6 feet.  Width 105.9 feet.  Six engines, 85,824 HP.  Max speed 23.9 knots.  Two Azipods.  Diesel generators consume 75 gallons per mile.

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   The QCWA group boarded and disembarked the Eurodam at the Holland America terminal in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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   QCWA Directors Val Erwin (l) and host Larry McCalvy greeted members and distributed name tags and programs as passengers boarded the ship.  Larry also recruited an antenna party.
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   From the QCWA Board of Directors (seated l to r), Director Val Erwin, Vice-President Ken Oelke, Director Larry McCalvy and Past-President John B. Johnston.

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   Sunday was at sea, where Director Larry McCalvy arranged for a series of informative presentations on ham radio topics.

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   On Monday, the ship docked at Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, for a day of beach lounging, shopping and sightseeing.  Fresh breeze, sunny sky, 86ºF. 

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   In Puerto Rico, some of the group travelled to the Arecibo Radio Observatory, while others toured new and old San Juan with a knowledgeable guide.

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  While at sea, QCWA Vice-President Ken Oelke (r) inspects the QCWA ham station installation.

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  QCWA Chesapeake Chapter No. 20 attendees gather in the Crows Nest lounge for this photo.  (l to r) John & Betty Johnston, Debbie and Al Brown, Wanda and Jim Montgomery.

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  The next port was beautiful Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands, a short ride to St. Thomas for shopping and sightseeing. 

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   One of the unofficial greeters at Charlotte Amalie, VI.