Little Gould Island Activation Saturday ~11:15 AM

*** UPDATE 1:15 PM *** The activation has completed and they are now QRT.  Not a lot of activity on 40-meters, but 20 was a great success.  Thanks to all that helped to activate the island.

*** UPDATE 12:45 PM *** The activation was made official on 20-meters, so it is now RI-031S.  The crew has moved to 40-meters on 7.270 MHz.

*** UPDATE 11:25 AM *** The crew is on the air now (RF issue resolved) they are making contacts.  They are on 14.270 at the moment to avoid the hurricane net.

The W1SYE Island Activation Team will be activating a new island on the air, Little Gould Island, which is located in the Sakonnet River near Tiverton RI.  The island designation is RI031, with the letter “S” added once the activation is official.

This is a rare treat as the island is not open to the public (it’s a bird nesting sanctuary), but a member of the crew is a trained biologist and therefore we have permission to land.

The gang should be on the air around 11:15 AM beginning with 20 meters near 14.260 +/- QRM.  After lunch, if possible, there may be a shift to 40 meters around 7.230 MHz.

Beavertail Lighthouse Activation

Five NCRC members, Paul N1PSX, Steve KC1AQQ, Scott WX1X, Mike AA1XQ, and Dave KC1GPA, activated Beavertail Lighthouse yesterday during the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.  Operating as W1SYE, they made approximately 80 contacts on 20 meters from about noon until 3 PM.  Band conditions were beyond horrible yesterday, with long duration deep fades.

Station setup in tent just in back of the lighthouse. Paul N1PSX just visible on left

Rather than use the 63 foot base loaded vertical, the team erected a dipole using greenstick, a better choice for 20 meters

Thanks to Scott WX1X for the photos.

Successful Activation of East Island – Now RI029S

Pete W1LAB, Jim KA1ZOU, John K1JSM, and Willy W1LY, had another island adventure on Saturday July 22.  They traveled with two RIB boats to East Island, which is a few thousand feet from Sakonnet Point.  They were on the air shortly after 10:30 AM, and were off the air right after 1 PM.  All operations were carried out on 20 meters. This time there were no RF issues and they made a large number of contacts, officially activating East Island as RI029S

Jim KA1ZOU logging, Willy W1LY at Mic, and John K1JSM supervising

A view from East Island back to the mainland to the North. A rare sighting of the stealthy Pete W1LAB can be seen near the middle-left.

East Island Activation

***Saturday July 22 Update – Now QRT ***

The team has taken down the station and are heading back home after another successful activation done entirely on 20 meters.  East Island is now officially RI029S.

The NCRC Activation Crew is anticipating an activation of East Island, which is located off of Sakonnet Point this Saturday July 22.  They should be on the air around 10:30 AM and will start on 20 meters (14.260 +/-), and shift to 40 meters (7.230 +/-) around lunch time.

This will be a new US Islands activation, since it hasn’t been activated before it is listed as RI029, but hopefully will become RI029S with a successful activation as W1SYE this Saturday.