UPDATE – from Krish W4VKU / VU4K here.
W4VKU plans to be active from Port Blair, Andaman Islands as VU4K between March 23-30, 2014.
QRV on HF bands, SSB/RTTY.
QSL via W4VKU (OQRS open in early April)
Hi ! One of the last tree Entity that i need (with Scarbour reef and North Korea). Many thanks for this opportunity and i hope to meet qso with you. Best 73′s ! Frank
Good news :)
Well . . maybe not so good, no CW ?
One of the last 4..Hope to work you.
How about Nicobars? Same country, but different IOTA group.
I think a lot of IOTA chasers will be HAPPY to catch AS-033.
Hope to work you on SSB this time around.
For Nicobar, we would like to get an idea of how many folks need
Nicobar IOTA and modes, bands. How can we run a survey?
The reason is, the Nicobar islands are off-limits due to the primitive
tribals and the military presence. It needs special permits and the
operation logistics are even more complex due to the distance
involved. Depending on the level of demand, we can look into it.
Thank you Krish for activating this rare entity. I’m fairly confident I could work you. However there are lots of little pistols who need it for an ATNO and they don’t care which band/mode. Since this is a single Op operation you might want to consider focusing your time on a limited set of bands. This way more people could work you for an ATNO. I would rather see 1,000 people work you for ATNO than me working you on three bands. GL.
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Well, AS-033 is claimed only by 5.1% of the participants of the IOTA Programmme, so there is a huge demand for Nicobar I.
I need this one for 327 DXCC. Will you have beams and amps? Hope to work you from Florida.
Yes, will be taking a 2ele steppir/30-40m add-on, yaesu rotor, Acom 1000 amp, TS480Sat (or an Icom 756 Pro2 if i can find one) .
So 40-10m should be good. The location hopefully is a
4 storey building, provided i can get a room there.
It is near the Andamann sea, so might also install a vertical. However
the yagi will do real well at that height i believe.
Hi Krish Looking forward to your operation. Had a great time with your VU7AG effort and filled all the bands I needed. Never a problem working you. Need this one on 80, 40 30,15, & 12 so I will be listening for you if travel doesn’t get in the way. Best of luck!
80m might be a problem during the March trip, since the single
butternut won’t do that well into NA, unlike the phased array
However 40-10m should be alright with the yagi.
I have received some suggestions to focus on handing out as
many ATNO’s on one band instead of bandfills.
Plus there is a popular SSB contest during that time frame. The
choices are to seek refuge in Warc bands or run Rtty.
Thanks ATNOs should be given the priority. I’ll find you on anything I need if you are on it. Can’t fault RTTY its my favorite mode :)
WARC band refuge :)
Enjoyed your new dxpedition Krish . don’t forget to include some digital activities
VU4 is a rare one in RTTY !
Good luck Krish and hope to see you on my screen !
Awesome idea Krish, will be happy to work you for a real ATNO
At last, I have the opportunity to get one of the last four. 10m SSB would be totally awesome, hi.
I need ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLAND for a new entity !
Krish, Very much looking forward to working you on ten meters. VU4 is one of a few that I need to work them all on that particular band. I only hope the propagation is good enough from the east coast of the US. Thanks for your efforts. 73
Thats gr8, will catch you on air Krish. Goodluck.
Yes, I agree with concentrating on fewer bands and modes in order to concentrate on ATNOs. After observing the recent mega-pileups, I think this would be wise. Toward the end of the operation, and once the pileups slow down, concentrate on different bands and modes for the band fills. 73 and have a great time.
Krish, will you be running any CW?
I hope to work VU4 but sometimes it’s hard to work with 100W
throught EU pileups.Please try from time to time to call outside EU.
Thanks ELI – 4Z5PJ
We are all set to leave for VU4. We will call for the following categories
from time to time.
a) Folks needing VU4 and are 65 years and older
b) ATNO callers
c) QRP callers
We will also periodically call for geographies to maximize the band openings.
Now for (a) above, i assume folks will stick to the HONOR SYSTEM. If i
suspect abuse, i will need a proof of age for a QSL and will not do
OQRS for those contacts and will only do paper mail.
The reason i chose to call for (a) is because there are several folks
that are in the 70′s and all the way to 90′s that want VU4 for their last
few. Some have written to me about their need and i want to help them
out. So i hope the Dxer community understands. If you believe there
can be an issue, please drop me a note.
Will try to not encourage bandfills as much as possible.
Please reserve Bandfills for a larger operation down the road.
I was happy to read that you plan on calling for categories from time to time since I qualify for a & b. Still needing two, VU4 and P5. Have a safe trip to Port Blair and I hope to work in the pileups. 73, George N1GS
Actually, a cool idea for part (a) – see you in the pile up!
I like the idea of categories! That is nice! It will give us little guns
a fighting chance for the ATNO!
Safe travels Krish! Hope to hear you on!
Last time VU4 was activated the higher bands were not open for us in the North.
Hope you will spend time on 10 CW mostly, but if need be, will do Fone – Hi
Need this for a new one. Thank you for the effort of putting on rare ones. I know have first hand knowledge of how difficult it can be, how much prep is needed, how you have to improvise, how to handle pileups. I have more appreciation for the world traveler hams who do what I have had the very unique privilege of learning about this week.
Categories bad idea…..the entire southern European ham population is now suddenly over 65 and needing VU4 for ATNO.
There can be no segmentation strategy that can be applied to
Southern Eu for that matter.
I recollect that during an earlier
VU7 activation, during the last one hour, i call for ATNO and i
get callers that have had multiple slots and were calling for
bandfills. I refused to put them in the log.
There will be a lot of time spent for the open category, but apart
from the age factor, i cannot fathom another way otherwise to
help the folks that need just one/two/three entities for their
last few to reach Honor Roll.
No matter how you try to breakdown, it just is never easy. No one
has patience these days :)
Thanks for the new one from VK9X. We got 15m SSB and are happy.
Will look for you from VU4 and wish you and Christian
have a safe trip back home from Christmas Islands.
Airline travel or travel per-se is the hardest part these days and is
quite stressful. The operating part is the easy one.
Pileup behavior is so bad these days with out-of-turn callers. I suggest that you call by continent and by number. So it will be like ‘listening NA #6′, etc. This is a good way to reduce the size of the pileups and it’s difficult for anyone to cheat if they call out-of-turn. These days I’m having a hard time finding the DX’s RX freq. because everyone just keeps calling no matter who the DX is answering to. My idea will reduce the QRM by those constant callers. Your ideas sound good in principle. However it’s too easy to cheat and I’m afraid they will not be effective in these days. Have a safe trip and have fun.
I tend to disagree with you Jonathan.
I was recently QRV from 6W/Senegal and had pileups daily, all rather well behaved because I took control of the situation. I don’t profess to be an expert in pileup operating, but try the following:
1) Say callsign often.
2) Say where listening (I was usually “up 3-5″) after almost every contact.
3) Tell ops to listen to instructions, ie “outside EU” meant exactly that.
4) Any out of turn callers are quickly informed of their rudeness.
5) If QRM does become an issue, you simply flick the off switch and go for a nice walk in the sun for 30 mins or so, then start again. The horde soon get your style of operating.
Now, 6W is not as rare as VU4 and I expect larger pileups for Krish, but if he controls the situation by repeating the above often then it should flow pretty smoothly.
73 Col MM0NDX
Thank you Jonathan/Col,
Will try to follow the above instructions.
Btw, people don’t like the number scheme either. Their impatience
grows and moreover, they would complain about prop shift and
it hits the transplants in NA(20%). So in the last operation, we
went by with regions like East/West/Mid-west or south NA.
There is also a contest on Mar 29/30 and the bands will be a
Og by area is better than by numbers. Please rememember that the NORTH has more difficult conditions and the bands are going down early.
Living in the Auroral zone is a ” Challenge ” – :)
Krish, my two cents.
YOU are the one paying for the trip. YOU are the one dedicating your time. YOU are the one with sleepless nights and YOU are the one sacrificing.
YOU do whatever it is YOU want to do! Everybody else must adapt to YOUR style.
Good luck, and good DX.
Really enjoyed your last exped to VU7. Your team did great!
Now, I wonder if you will have a special category for those who are away from home on an atoll somewhere operating a portable station?
I’d have to guess VU7 would have to be an ATNO for anyone on Mellish Reef?
I look forward to your “larger operation down the road” from VU4, when I am home. This happened last year when I was away for your recce to VU7 – I was operating from Norfolk I at the time, but had a ball when you were there with the team later in the year.
All the best, Krish and keep up the good work!
Thank you!!! One of the 2 I still need for new one. From far West Texas is straight over the pole and have listened to 4 different groups work pileups without ever copying them. Will try to get a rtty setup working & see if better luck that mode before then. Will take it any way can get it. Thanks again for your effort!!!
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