K6VVA/6 * IOTA NA-178
 

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03/08/06 (0145 UTC) - The Farallon NWR Manager has approved our QSL design and layout. All materials have been sent to Alfio ( IT9EJW - http://www.printed.it ), and we anticipate having cards well in advance of the Visalia DX Convention. We are still QRX for approval to use photos taken during the Expedition. TNX to all those who have kindly made donations!


02/29/06 (1725 UTC) - Tnx to DF3CB, our K6VVA/6 IOTA NA-178 LOG SEARCH is now online (see above). Added Note: If you do not find your callsign in the log search, but think we had a QSO, please email either Mike or myself and we will check the logs for any typos, etc.



02/17/06 (2130 UTC) - Special TNX to Roy, AA4RE, of South Valley Internet for updating this Lastest News webpage during our activity from IOTA NA-178 on SouthEast Farallon Island. Also, TNX to our Main Pilot Station W6OAT (Rusty), as well as K6RIM (Al), W6SC (Jim) & W6EB (Jim) who also gave us updated WX reports!

Mike, K9AJ & I would like to thank everyone for the QSOs and packet spots. We were not too happy, however, about the K-4 Index and resulting effects upon propagation during part of our trip. 30m was anticipated to be the "Money Band" for QSOs especially to Europe, but we had many unanswered CQs ;-(

When we obtain FWS approval for the photos taken, they will be posted. You may want to utilized the "Change Detection" Auto-Notification to be alerted when these are posted (see ChangeDetection box above). Initial QSO Statistics are now posted on the "Pix & Stats" webpage.

Mike & I would also like to thank all of our Sponsors again who made this brief, yet successful IOTA activation possible. More information will be posted during the coming week(s).

73...

Rick, K6VVA & Mike, K9AJ (A real GREAT guy to have made this trip with!!!)




02/16/07(2330 UTC) - The team has landed back at SFO safely. They're heading off to K9AJ's hotel room to shower and clean up, then down to Redwood City for the NCDXC meeting tonight.

02/16/07(2000 UTC) - K6VVA/6 pulled the plug and went QRT at 20:00Z. They have 2,552 QSOs (including dupes) in their log. They're now packing their gear to be ready for the helicopter to lift them off the island about 22:45Z.

This was a "challenging" operation for them, but they had a great time and believe they made a significant dent into the number of IOTA chasers needing NA-178. Rick and Mike both send their 73 and thanks to everybody to helped make this expedition a success.



02/16/07(1830 UTC) - The helicopter is going to pick up the team at 2:45PM PST (22:45Z). This means they will have to cease all operation sometime between 2000 and 2100Z to get packed and ready for the pickup. Already they've pulled one station off the air and are getting that gear packed; their other station presently is on 14040 kHz.

Rick says many EU stations are making duplicate insurance QSOs with them. He asks that they please do not do that as it's preventing others from working them at all.



02/16/07(1710 UTC) - They're expecting the helicopter to pick them up about 3PM local (2300Z) this afternoon. That means they'd need to QRT a bit before that time to get all their gear packed and ready for the pick up.

They've had a fairly good EU opening on 20m this morning and are trying to milk all the QSOs they can from it.



02/15/07(1850 UTC) - If all goes as planned, they will be on the Farallon Islands until tomorrow morning (Thursday local time). Also, as of now, they're hoping to attend the NCDXC meeting in Redwood Cityi, CA Thursday night, so that will be a great opportunity for anybody interested to hear all the details of their adventure!

Some Q&A.

  • What frequencies are they using? They have no published frequencies. They're just trying to find open spaces where they can avoid the 3Y0X and FO/HA9G pileups!
  • Any 80m ops? No. They were severely limited by Fish & Wildlife Service in what they could take to the island, and getting a station going on 80m just required more equipment and effort than they had time for.


02/15/07(1550 UTC) - Both stations are in operation. Rick, K6VVA, is currently working Europe on 14040 Khz.

02/15/07(0130 UTC) - Both stations are in operation.

02/14/06 (2130 UTC) - Operations commenced at 21:15Z with Mike, K9AJ presently operating CW on 14040 khz. Rick, K6VVA expects to get the second station up and running on 7160 kHz about 21:45Z

02/14/06 (1723 UTC) - Despite gale warnings, Rick, K6VVA and Mike, K9AJ are on their way. They successfully loaded all their gear and themselves into the helicopter and lifted off from San Francisco International Airport enroute to NA-178 at 09:23 PST (17:23Z) this morning. The weather was bright and clear and they should reach the island just a bit before 10:00 a.m local.

They have an orientation meeting scheduled with the F&WS personnel upon their arrival on the island which should take about one hour. After that, they will begin setting up their equipment and hopefully will come on the air around noon local time (20:00Z). Most likely, their initial operating frequencies will be CW on 14040 kHz and SSB on 7160 kHz.



02/12/06 (2345 UTC) - We encourage you to utilize the Change Detection notification system (above), as Roy, AA4RE, will be periodically updating this page with info from our main Pilot Station, Rusty, W6OAT beginning on Tuesday, 2/14/06 (in conjunction with Al, K6RIM, and Jim, W6SC). Rusty will pickup Mike, K9AJ, from the SFO Airport tomorrow (2/13/06), and we will all meet for dinner at the NCCC (Northern California Contest Club) meeting nearby. Mike & I will be staying at a Hotel just minutes from the Helicopter base, and no California Freeway Driving necessary to get there in the early morning of 2/14/06 :-) Weather permitting, we will take off for NA-178 at 9AM local time (see our Operating Plan on the "Operational Info" webpage). Hopefully, all of our gear and ourselves will fit into the Bell Long Ranger, without having to hire yet another helicopter to haul additional items. Thanks again to our Sponsors and those who have made Advance Donations. The NA-178 Raffle Winner Callsigns will be posted to our website after the Visalia Convention. We hope to QSO with you from NA-178!!! Please follow our on-air instructions. Thank You.


02/12/06 (2345 UTC) - We encourage you to utilize the Change Detection notification system (above), as Roy, AA4RE, will be periodically updating this page with info from our main Pilot Station, Rusty, W6OAT beginning on Tuesday, 2/14/06 (in conjunction with Al, K6RIM, and Jim, W6SC). Rusty will pickup Mike, K9AJ, from the SFO Airport tomorrow (2/13/06), and we will all meet for dinner at the NCCC (Northern California Contest Club) meeting nearby. Mike & I will be staying at a Hotel just minutes from the Helicopter base, and no California Freeway Driving necessary to get there in the early morning of 2/14/06 :-) Weather permitting, we will take off for NA-178 at 9AM local time (see our Operating Plan on the "Operational Info" webpage). Hopefully, all of our gear and ourselves will fit into the Bell Long Ranger, without having to hire yet another helicopter to haul additional items. Thanks again to our Sponsors and those who have made Advance Donations. The NA-178 Raffle Winner Callsigns will be posted to our website after the Visalia Convention. We hope to QSO with you from NA-178!!! Please follow our on-air instructions. Thank You.


02/3/06 - A "Monumental Day"... Fed-X delivered the signed Cooperative Work Agreement from FWS which specifically grants us permission IN WRITING to operate from SouthEast Farallon Island !!! Let's all hope and pray for decent weather and good propagation from 2/14/06 through 2/16/06. Congrats to all the XF1K guys for another successful Expedition & Tnx for the QSOs.

73, Rick (K6VVA) & Mike (K9AJ)


Our Destination: SouthEast Farallon Island

FWS Photo - The Red X Marks Our QTH

Our "Chariot": A Bell "Long Ranger" Helicopter


Welcome aboard the flight to NA-178 !!!


 
 

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