NEWS UPDATE – The R71RRC team received good news today. The sea ice is thick enough for heavy track machinery (Rover) to pass over, thus continuing on their way to the island. Activity still planned for April 7th.

MARCH 14 – R71RRC website now available.

FEBRUARY 8 – Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) – namely Aleksandr Ivanov RA3AV, Yuri Savchenko UA0KBG and Victor Slabodchikov UA3AKO will be on the air from  Arakamchechen Island, Chukotka IOTA AS-071, RRA RR-12-02, RDA CК-06, RFF-165 (NEW ONE), RLHA – NEW ONE, WLOTA – NEW ONE between April 7th and 17th. The dates are tentative and depend on local logistics and weather conditions.

Team plans to be on the island at least 5- 7 days. Two operating positions will be on the air on 40, 30, 20 and 17 meters, CW and SSB. Equipment to be used: two Elecraft K3’s, FT-857 (for redundancy), 500 watts power amplifiers. The antennas are: 4 SQ for 20m, GP or 2 elements switchable for 30m, GP for 17m and GP for 40m. The electricity to be taken from two power generators (main and redundant).

QSL via UA3AKO (OQRS, direct and QSL bureau). We’re looking for technical possibility for uploading log periodically during the expedition. Possibly we will use the satellite phone for this.

Due to remote location and transportation difficulties this trip is costly. Financial support appreciated. PayPal account victor.ri0x at Please include your callsign. We would appreciate if PayPal option “send to friends and relatives” will be used.

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The Bering Sea North Groupe (AS-071) is one of the rarist IOTA by rating (most wanted) at just 6.1%. The previous activation was more than 25 years ago in 1991. Stay tuned!

December 23, 2016 – An IOTA DXpedition by members of the Russian Robinson Club is on the horizon to the very rare Arakamchechen Island, AS-071. Full details to follow, but the callsign will be R71RRC. QSL via UA3AKO (OQRS, Direct, Bureau).