Members of the SCDXA Head to Aruba for the IARU Contest July, 2021

Two Members of the SCDXA- South Carolina DX Association will travel to Aruba in July, 2021. The purpose of the trip is to work the IARU Contest. We will also make as many casual contacts as possible during the week. Members Bill Chartier N4IQ, Bob Cieszenski ND7J, will be departing July 07,2021, and return July 14, 2021. Look for them on the bands during this period, and during the contest. Check the online log(s) to see if you’re in one or both of our logs. This will be updated as much as possible during the trip. We will update photos as much as we can during the trip. Bob and Bill were the team leaders for the trip to Prince Edward Island in 2015. This Team took first place in their section for the IARU Contest.


We will be operating 10-160 SSB / CW / RTTY / FT 8 / FT 4. We will operate on these bands and modes as conditions allow.
We will operate split for the most part, during our casual operations.

During the Contest we will operate SSB and CW using the Special Call P4ØUS.


10M 28.030 28.495 28.071
12M 24.894 24.945 24.920
15M 21.030 21.295 21.071
17M 18.074 18.145 18.096
20M 14.030 14.195 14.080 14.090
30M 10.104 10.131
40M 7.030 7.160 7.070
80M 3.530 3.780 3.571

This might change depending on the local QRM.


The team will operate as P4ØUS during the contest. We will operate for the entire 24 hour period on both SSB and CW.

Other Stuff

During our stay on Aruba we will operate the stations to make as many contacts as possible. We will however be enjoying some to the fun in the sun things to do while on the island. Look for us during the morning and evening hours mostly, but you may see us on air at most any time.

News and Updates

July, 10 2020
Team has arrived at the mountain Home of Fred K4RM.
Jim had to drop out for health reasons, so we will operate with 5 opeators for 2020

July 6, 2020
Licensing has been approved for the 2021 contest in Aruba

June 23, 2020
We have formed a team to operate the IARU from North Carolina
N4IQ - Bill / ND7J Bob / W4EEY Gary / K4RM Fred / K9JDP Jim / NU4E Matt

May 17, 2020
Rescheduled trip to 2021. Updates to follow, however same team, same location, same contest.

May 7, 2020
Due to the "Virus" we have decided to move the trip to 2021. Check back here for details.

January 16, 2020
Licencing is approved and or Special Call of P4ØUS has been issued.Bill Will also operate as P4/N4IQ and Bob will also operate as P4/ND7J. We will operate the contst as P4ØUS

December 19, 2019

Applications for Licensing has been submitted. All Money Transfers have been sent. Awaiting licensing and call sign assignment

October 29,2019

Airline Tickets Purchased. GSP to CLT, 1 Stop Then To Aruba

July, 20, 2019

We have secured the station on Aruba:

P49V :

Reservation has been confirmed.


Bill Chartier - N4IQ

Bill is an accomplished DXer and avid contester. Bill operates from his station in Simpsonville SC.

Licensed since 1963 (WN4OWY): Extra since 1969. My call N4iQ (1974) is an original - not a vanity call. Ham interests: cw (my primary mode), digital modes, dxing and contesting. I am a member of the Greer (SC) ARC, CW Ops, Swamp Fox Contest Group, SC DX Association and South East Contest Club and the SCDXA. Awards: confirmed DXCC 339 mixed (includes deleted countries) - worked on wires and vertical antennas, all worked with my own equipment at my own qth. ARRL DXCC Challenge Award (Working on Level III), CW-Phone-Digital DXCC, 9 Band DXCC, 9 Band WAS, WAS Triple Play, ARRL RTTY WAS #34 (mid-70's on the Green Keys & ST-6), WPX (1900 +), WAZ, VUCC/6m-300+ plus numerous contest awards. I enjoy working with antennas; mobile & portable operating. Other interests: RC aircraft flying. My twin Brother is Phil, AC4Q . Younger brother, Jon, is WN4GM near Orlando, Fl. My Older brother, Bob - KI4VRP, and my mother, Maxine - KB4QYF, became SKs in 2013. They are still greatly missed. My XYL, Elaine, and I have been together since 1967 - a record in these times.

Bill (N4IQ/VY2) was part of the team to P.E.I. in 2015 and operated in the IARU contest. This team was section winner!

Bill served as a Vietnam Era Army Veteran. Career wise, I am a retired registered consulting engineer (PE - electrical); alumnus of Auburn University and Clemson University. Go Tigers!!! Also, I am also a retired registered medical imaging technologist and taught medical imaging courses at a local college for ten years.

Bob Cieszenski- ND7J

Bob is relatively new to ham radio with 5 years as a ham, getting his extra in 2014. Bob has accomplished 300 DXCC, 7 Band DXCC in the short time as a ham. Bob operates from his home station in Edneyville, NC.

DXCC in first 12 months of my first HF contact.
304 Countries contacted with 300 confirmed in LoTW.
ARRL Centennial: 22,228 pts. 504 QSO's / W1AW 100% / W1AW Contacts 244

Professional Photographer for 35+ years shooting NASCAR and Equestrian Competition Events throughout the southeastern USA.
Also hold a 100 Ton Masters Captains License. I have traveled all the great lakes by sail boat, as well as many of the worlds oceans, logging over 35,000 miles. I am also a Web and Graphic designer.

Bob Also traveled to P.E.I in 2015 to participate in the IARU Contest with Bill.



The Station

Click on any Image to enlarge.

We will be uploading photos from the trip as they become available.

Contact / QSL

To contact us use the following methods.

Prior to July 6, 2021 you can contact Bill or Myself at the e mails listed below.
You can also call Bob directly.

During the trip, July 7, 2021 - July 14, 2021 we have set up 2 ways to reach us.
Contact our Pilot, Gary W4EEY, or go to our GROUP i.o. Board ( to post questions, and get updates.

Bill Chartier -N4IQ / P40US / P4/N4IQ

Bob Cieszenski - ND7J / P4/ND7J

Team Pilot W4EEY
Gary Wise - Contact Gary For Requests, Questions Etc.

QSL Info

ALL QSLs for P40US, P4/ND7J and P4/N4IQ via QSL Manger EA5GL or LOTW


Our Results of the contest will be posted upon our return. Official results on the IARU Web Site.

Live Stream From Aruba - (Live Stream available during the times we are on air. Live Strean for P40US may not be available during the contest. Live Stream depends on us uploading as we work stations so be patient. You can also use the log check in the main menu to confirm your contacts.)