Andaman and Nicobar Islands


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Andaman and Nicobar Islands

By the time you read this, operators Krish/W4VKU (VU2VKU) and Pai/ VU2PAI who were active as VU4CB from Campbell Bay (AS-033), will be joined by a larger team of operators to activate Neil Island (AS-001) as VU4KV between now and November 30th.

Operators mentioned are Prasad/VU2PTT, Nandu/VU2NKS, Kumar/

VU2BGS, Chetan/VU3DMP, Deepak/VU2CDP, Sangeeth/VU2WH/A45WH, Kiran/VU3KPL, and Aravind/VU2ABS.

Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, and having 5 stations on the air. QSL via W4VKU.

Look for an OQRS to be available around December 5th.

For more details and updates, watch: http://www.vu4kv.info

OPDX

via Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Here’s the latest update on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands DXpedition.  Neil Island (AS-001) is on the air as VU4KV through 30 November 2014.  For details, visit http://www.vu4kv.info.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015


KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015

TAGS: Additional details, air, amp, announcement, DX community, dxcc entity, KP1-5 Project, KP1-5 Project team, Navassa Island, news release, percent, primary reason, remainder, Vice President Glenn, Wildlife Service

10/22/2014

The KP1-5 Project has received word from the US Fish & Wildlife Service that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The DXpedition will be a maximum of 14 days, and exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.

“Our experienced team of 15 is complete and is ready for the challenge,” said an October 22 KP1-5 Project news release from President Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and Vice President Glenn Johnson, W0GJ. “The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less than 90 days before the DXpedition comes on the air.”

The announcement explained that January is the month of minimum bird nesting activity and this is the primary reason USFWS is asking that the operation be completed during that month. Weather is unpredictable in January, however, and because Navassa is surrounded by cliffs, this may preclude a safe landing by boat.

“For safety reasons and in order to maximize our time on the island and on the air, a helicopter operation is planned,” the team’s news release said. “Navassa is over 100 miles (160 km) from the nearest helicopter staging point, and as many as 10 round trips will be required at the beginning and end of the operation. Obviously, this means that there will be a significant cost for activating this No 1 ranked DXCC entity.”

The KP1-5 Project said it will be working with USFWS over the next few weeks, and, as details firm up, it will release additional details. The KP1-5 Project team has committed to fund 50 percent of the DXpedition’s tab. “We are hopeful the DX community at large will fund the remainder,” The announcement concluded.

 

via KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USWFS) has granted an amateur radio operation on Navassa Island (KP-1) sometime in January 2015.  The DXpedition will be organized and partially funded by the KP1-5 Group, headed by President Bob Allpin (K4UEE) and V.P. Glenn Johnson (W4GJ).  Johnson said, “The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less than 90 days before th DXpedition comes on the air.”  Access to the island will be via helicopter.  The operation has a narrow 14 day permit, subject to the “weather window” and mission requirements fo the USWFS.  Navassa Island is one of the “hottest” DX entities on the DXCC list. Please consider helping underwrite the operation in any way you can.  This opportunity may not happen again for a long time.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Navassa Island Operation.


Source:  Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to allow an amateur radio operation from Navassa National Wildlife Refuge (KP1).  The operation will occur within the next 18 months and will be coordinated with the USFWS work flow.  During the past year, the KP1-5 Project has worked with the various levels of the Fish and Wildlife Service to get the operation underway.  The team reports that Wildlife officials have been receptive to the idea of an amateur radio presence on the protected island.  According to DXpedition members,”We have been treated with sincere interest and respect and believe that amateur radio operations may no be viewed as partners and not adversaries.” This is great news for DXers worldwide, since Navassa Island “is ranked #2 most-needed DXCC entity by DX Magazine and #1 by Clublog.  For details, visit http://kp1-5.com/  Aloha de Russ (KH56JRM).

See on Scoop.itKH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog

September DX Challenge.


DX and IOTA highlights from around the world.

Source:  “QST“, September 2014, p.92.

Author:  Bernie McClenny (W3UR) (w3ur@arrl.org)

 

September 2014 promises some interesting DX for those willing to be patient. Here are some of the best choices:

 

5V (Togo).  Czech DXpedition team members OK6DJJ, OK1FPS, and OK1FCJ will be on-air from Togo for about 12 days at the end of September using call signs 5V7DB, 5V7PS, and 5V7ST.  The team will be using Elecraft KX3 transceivers with two amplifiers.  The team will be using two Spider Beams that will include 12, 17, and 30 meters, and one vertical for 40 meters.

 

FK (New Caledonia).  Bob (KD1CT) and Cezar (VE3LYC) will be the IOTA (Islands On The Air) team operating from Matthew Island (OC-218) as TX4A for 4 days in the 01-09 September time frame.  For details, visit http://tx4a.yolasite.com.

 

P2 (Papua New Guinea).  Derek (G3KHZ) is planning a multi-island IOTA DXpedition through Papua New Guinea in September.  He will be joined by Hans (SM6CVX) and Eddy (K5WQG).  For details, visit http://p29ni.weebly.com.

 

VK9X (Christmas Island).  Rob (N7QT) will be going to Christmas Island where he will be on-air as VK9X/N7QT from 03-13 September 2014.  He will be using CW, SSB, and digital modes on 3.5 to 28 MHz.

 

Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

See on Scoop.itKH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog

dB or not dB? Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Decibels But Were Afraid to Ask Abstract | TechOnline


TechOnline is a leading source for reliable tech papers. View the dB or not dB? Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Decibels But Were Afraid to Ask abstract for details on the dB or not dB? Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Decibels But Were Afraid to Ask tech paper.

Source: techonline.com

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this excellent tutorial on decibels, or “Everything you wanted to know about decibels but were afraid to ask.  This technical paper covers decibels in more detail than I thought possible.  This abstract is worth keeping for your reference library or when someone needs to interpret what 59+20 dB over 9 really means.  Good, technical paper.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

See on Scoop.itKH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog

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