The Island Activation crew made it on the air at Hen Island today. They were on the air shortly after 12:30 local time on the 40 meter band. It was pouring rain, in the 50s as they setup.
As of 18:00 they were on 20 meters, 14.265 MHz. At that point they have reached all the criteria for an official activation of RI032S.
Congrats to Pete W1LAB, John K1JSM, Evan K1GEA, Willy W1LY, Jim KA1ZOU, and Paul K1YBE. They were QRT at 18:15 UTC.
Front to back: John K1JSM, Willy W1LY, Jim KA1ZOU, Evan K1GEA, Paul K1YBE — Operating in the rain
Antenna literally at the edge of the water (tide rising, antenna almost underwater @ 18:00Z)
John K1JSM (left), and Paul K1YBE under the tent out of the rain.
Thanks to Pete W1LAB for the photos — he’s usually on the other side of the lens. However there was a sighting of the “Rare Pete” actually on Hen Island
Pete W1LAB standing, with Willy W1LY at the mic
*** 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.
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.
***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.
If it’s not one thing (heavy rain, HF Contest), it’s another (solar storm, failing TX). Nevertheless, the Activation Crew of Jim KA1ZOU, Willy W1LY, Pete W1LAB, John K1JSM, and Paul K1YBE, had an exciting time activating one never before on the air island a day in the Elizabeth Island chain.
Today’s activation became official at about 15:10 UTC, meeting the US Island program rules, making Naushon Island MA006S. Even thought Murphy was nipping at their heals, causing their radio to fail to transmit on 20-meters this morning, he was behind the curve just enough to allow them to make 30 contacts before the rig refused to transmit on 40-meters as well. Whew!
The crew setup in Tarpaulin Cove to be leeward of the WSW winds.
Crew is on Naushon Island in Tarpaulin Cove (NE most red mark)
Unfortunately there was a Geomagnetic Storm going on today as well, making conditions very poor on both 20 and 40-meters.
Bad Propagation across all bands
Jim KA1ZOU at mic, John K1JSM logging, Willy W1LY and Paul K1YBE looking over the cove
Paul K1YBE, John K1JSM, Willy W1SYE (standing), Jim KA1ZOU