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Reviews Categories | DXpedition & ham radio vacation rentals | Radio Reef - Virgin Islands DX Vacation Rental Help

Reviews Summary for Radio Reef - Virgin Islands DX Vacation Rental
Reviews: 2 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $1150-$1450 per week
Description: Radio Reef is a DX Vacation rental with all the ammenities. The rental is located on the north side of St. Croix overlooking St. Thomas and St. John. It includes shack, antenna farm and a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment.
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NT5V Rating: 5/5 Apr 9, 2013 18:32 Send this review to a friend
FABULOUS VACATION  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
K5JP and I spent a wonderful week operating as /KP2 from Radio Reef, St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands in October, 2012. The shack is separate from the living area, so when one person is on the air others can enjoy the apartment in peace. The station is first class with 2 comfortable operating positions complete with everything you need, and then some. We literally had to bring no equipment with us. The antennas are fabulous, and we had tremendous signals on any band we chose. Having Alpha amplifiers drive 6 elements on 20 and 3 elements on 40 from this location will spoil you quickly. The computers were set up and ready for us to use. We had big pileups anytime we were on the air, but took time to drive around the beautiful island and enjoy the great weather and scenery. Bring your camera. All antennas are available from each position and easy to switch. The apartment is very nice with a full kitchen, bath, bedroom, satellite TV, and wireless internet. I got good use of the hammock with a great view of the ocean. The residents of St. Croix are extremely friendly, and the folks who run Radio Reef will make you want to return. The place is perfect for hams to get away and experience the fun of pileups, but would also be a nice place to take the XYL for a quiet vacation.
W5IF Rating: 5/5 May 6, 2008 16:24 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding & Beautiful  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My XYL & I spent a week at RadioReef in late April 2008. Brad, the ham in the family and his lovely wife Donna are wonderful hosts. Offering you complete privacy but at the same time being available for any question or suggestion about the island. This place is beautiful, the setting is 300 feet ASL overlooking the North Coast of St Croix. You are less than 1/4 from walking on the most pristine white beaches one has ever seen. The accommodations are completly remodeled and all new from top to bottom. Full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, microwave, even your own coffee pot. The furniture is very nice, the bedroom is totally furnished with a huge king size bed and a nice air conditioner for those warm nights. Cable TV is also included for the rare times your not in the hammock or on the radios. There is a large covered deck that has a breakfast table, large hammock for those lazy afternoons, and even your own BBQ grill.
As for the radio equipment, it is all world class with great LARGE HF antennas. First of all, the radio room is a seperate room from the apartment, just around the corner of the deck and has it's own air conditioner. You can operate in total peace and quiet. There are three operating positions, take your pick of the Yaesu radios and the ALPHA amps you wish to use. Everything is included from the Bencher keyer, the Heil headset even computers to use while your operating and of course wireless internet. The propagation is amazing from the Caribbean. Antennas include beams for 40 thru 10 meters...guys the 3 element 40 meter and the 6 element 20 meter beams are hole burners!
Having visited other DXpedition rentals I can honestly say that this location is a hidden gem and I expect the word to spread very quickly. Sit back and enjoy the rest and radio that you are sure to experience.
Travel to St Croix is very easy as it is considered a US Territory, passports are NOT required. English is the language and the dollar bill is the currency. HOWEVER, they do drive on the left side of the road! That takes a bit of getting used to. Enjoy your trip but book early, slots will no doubt fill fast ! QRZ DX! 73 de W5IF

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