IOTA News from OPDX
7 May, 2018
AS-117. Take, JI3DST, will use the special callsign, 8J3XXIII/3, from Tanga island between 0700z, May 12th, and 0000z, May 13th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY, JT65
and FT8. Operations may vary in case of heavy rains or other conditions. QSL via the Bureau or ClubLog.
EU-006. Operators Dermot/EI5IQ, Declan/EI6FR, Liam/EI7DSB, Barry/GM3YEH Gordon/GM7WCO and Rolf/HB9DGV will be active as EJ7NET from Inisheer Island between May 19-23rd. Activity will be on various HF bands, 6 meters and all modes.
EU-095. Eleven operators from the IDRE and the Castres DX Gang will use the special callsign, TM5FI, from Frioul Island (DIFM ME003, DFCF 13-061) between May 9-15th. They plan to have 4 stations on the air on all modes and bands. QSL via F5XX or ClubLog.
EU-128. Mike, DG5LAC, will be active as DG5LAC/P from Fehmarn Island
(not Hooge Island [EU-042] as first announced) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Mode-SSB/12-Hrs/ DXpedition/ High-Power entry. QSL via DG5LAC, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS.
EU-129. Lutz, DL5KVV, will once again be active as DL5KVV/p from Usedom Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-
Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via DL5KVV.
NA-085. Bruce, K5TEN, will once again activate Dog Island using the callsign K4D between June 2-9th. Dog Island, Florida, is an extremely rare IOTA because access is controlled by the 20 or so homeowners on the island. There are no hams on the island, and the only activations have been done by Bruce over the last 4 years.
Access is by permission only and permission by one of the homeowners. It is only accessible by private charter or single engine fixed wing aircraft. The airstrip is overgrown so private charter is the only real choice.
There are no streets, roads, stop signs, trendy cafes, or beach-front bars. If you need it, you bring it.
Activity will be both SSB and CW, on 40-2 meters. Bruce will be checking 10m and 6m often for Sporadic E.
Look for him during daylight USA on 15 and 20 meters, nighttime 30 and 40m. He will use 160 watts on 2 meter SSB/CW with a 6 element yagi. Suggested frequencies are:
SSB - 7180, 14235, 18115, 21275, 24940 and 28310 kHz
CW - 7029, 10110, 14029, 18077, 21029, 24930 and 28010 kHz
QSL via K5TEN, SASE REQUIRED for stateside and DX (DX 2 USDs
NA-090. (Special Event) Members of the Radioclub Cancun will be active
as 6E5RM between May 23rd and June 1st. Activity is to celebrate the 2018 Rally Maya Mexico. However, on May 23rd and 24th, they will be active as 6E5RM/XF3 from Cozumel Island.
Operations are expected to be on 80-6 meters using SSB, RTTY, FT8 and the satellites. They will be on the air as much time as possible for the Rally activities.
NA-234. Tim, NL8F, informs OPDX that Yuri/N3QQ and himself are heading to the "Islands of Four Mountains" group, specifically Kagamil Island, starting May 23rd through May 26-27th. The operators were able to secure the boat "Raven Bay" for transport as well as permission from the wild life refuge on May 2nd.
Tim states that he has been working on this operation to secure authorization for the past five years. The operators will be active as KL7RRC and plan to have two stations on the air using an IC-7300 and a SDR Expert Electronics radio into several vertical antennas of various types as there are no trees. Operations will be on CW, SSB and FT8, depending on conditions. QSL Manager is N7RO.
Tim mentions that there is no internet connectivity, but logs will be uploaded after their operation. This island group was last activated by the Russian Robinson Club (RRC), from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, between July 21-27th, 2008, as KL7DX. It was called the Cleveland Volcano DXpedition. See the KL7DX DXpedition video on YouTube (10:38 min.) at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=026fW4rYcwg
Tim, NL8F, adds: "As always with rare activations costs are high so any help with donations would be appreciated." For more details and updates, watch: http://NA-234.com
OC-129. Press, N6SS, is now active as DU6/N6SS from Sibalom, Antique
Province, Panay Island, until May 17th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and FT8. QSL via his home callsign.
* Craig, VK5CE, will activate five IOTA in Western Australia as
VK5CE/6 sometime during June. The VK5CE/6 DXpeditions are in honor
of the 25th anniversary of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC).
The following islands were mentioned:
IOTA OC-199 -- East Lewis Island; June 4-7th; CLAIMED BY 18.3%
IOTA OC-140 -- Direction Island; June 8-11th; CLAIMED BY 17.4%
IOTA OC-193 -- Cheyne Island; June 15-18th; CLAIMED BY 14.9%
IOTA OC-170 -- Woody Island; June 20-23rd; CLAIMED BY 23.1%
IOTA OC-220 -- St. Peter Island; June 26-28th; CLAIMED BY 26.0%
Activity will be on various HF bands (usually 40-12m). QSL via VK5CE
direct. He is looking for sponsors. (PEOPLE SPONSORING BEFORE THE
DXPEDITION WILL AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE A CARD FOR ALL IOTA’S IF YOU’RE IN THE LOG) Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also watch:https://vkiota.wordpress.com/vk5ce-6
For full stories and QSL information of Craig's past DXpeditions,
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