10 December, 2018
AS-032. Take, JS6RRR/JI3DST, will be active from Nishinoomate-City, Tanega Island, between 0900z, December 26th and 0000z, January 7th. He will use the following callsign: JI3DST/6 for DX, and JS6RRR/6 & JL3YWN/6 for JA stations. Activity will be on
80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY and FT8. Operations may vary in case of heavy rains or other conditions.
QSL routes are as follows: JI3DST/6 via JI3DST; JS6RRR/6 via JS6RRR and JL3YWN/6: ONLY 1 WAY (Please don’t send QSL to him). Please check QRZ.com for details. Look for logs to be posted on ClubLog.
NA-079. Operators Faith Hannah (AE4FH), Hope (KM4IPF), and Dad (WX4TV) will be operating amateur radio from the Dry Tortugas National
Park from December 14-17th. Their call will be N4T. QSL via WK1DS.
This trip to the Dry Tortugas is a dry run to see if it is feasible to take other young amateur radio operators to the island to give them the experience of going on an amateur radio DXpedition. If this trip is successful, the plan is to form a 501-C3 non-profit to begin to take two or three young hams each year to the Dry Tortugas or other islands to give them this experience.
The Dry Tortugas are a desired entity in the amateur radio world, so the team expects to make lots of contacts during the three days that they are on the air from the island. They will be operating on HF (shortwave) and also the amateur radio satellites, in an attempt to contact as many other amateur radio operators as possible.
Reference numbers are: IOTA NA-079, USI# FL013S, WFF ref#
KFF-0023, GRID EL-84, and the National Parks on the Air: Dry Tortugas K-0023.
To prepare for this trip, the girls and Dad camped in the Crane Point Hammock in the Florida Keys and operated during the RSGB IOTA Contest in late July, 2018. The girls gained experience in primitive camping skills, preparing food over open fires, and operating from a tent with battery and solar power.
The National Park Service and the Yankee Freedom Ferry do not allow liquid fuels or accelerants on the island, so they needed to find a way to boil water using dry fuel. They tried many different ways to boil water for food preparation and every one of them failed–until they found the Kelly Kettle.
They will be using the Ultimate Stainless Base Camp Kit for food preparation. Watch the YouTube channel for a video that they will be producing about this very soon!
NA-250. NEW IOTA! A couple of sources are reporting that operators
Mike/K9AJ and Bruce/KD6WW are planning to be active from Yakutat County Group, Coastal Groups (Alaska), sometime between May 10-13th, 2019. Look for more details to be forthcoming.
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