Would really like to work other FlexRadio operators, especially for the first time activation of Banta Island WI057R.
Operations are weather dependent as we will only have vehicles for shelter. These are easy islands as activations go given the early time of year for the event (water is still high & fast, and it isn't warming up very soon this year).
Here is the announcements from my blog: http://k9zw.wordpress.com
May 2015 US Island Program One Day Getaway Island Activation Plans
Of course our friend George W9EVT will be operating for the day from Washington Island WI001L
Here further south in Wisconsin the team is myself and Scott W9JSB. We may add one or two more hams, but they haven’t confirmed as I wrote.
Plan is The Friday evening part (May 9th 0000Z to dark) to operate from Step-In Island WI039R. This is a second time activation of an Island in Shoto Wisconsin.
Saturday will start with “The Flats” WI041R – an Island in Appleton Wisconsin in the Fox River – with myself running solo, and Scott W9JSB will join after he is done coaching his kids soccer team to do a first time ever activation for Banta Island WI057R. Banta Island is further downstream in the Fox River, still in Appleton.
Equipment will be a bit different for the One Day Getaway than my past Island operations:
- Transceiver – FlexRadio Systems Flex-6300, running SmartSDR 1.4.3 and a Toshiba Laptop
- Antenna – SteppIR CrankIR antenna
I used this FlexRadio/CrankIR set up with great success for Washington Island WI001L weekends at Rocky Ridge Farm – a place we leased last season about 2 miles from George W9EVT’s QTH. As most folk refused to believe I wasn’t running an Amp and a Beam when I ran the setup from Rocky Ridge Farm, I am hoping the same performance will work for the team for the One Day Getaway.
Appreciate some help for the first time activation! We need at least 25 confirmed QSOs with a minimum of one DX QSO to make the activation of Banta Island WI057R official. Hoping we can catch many of you on the air that day!
and some background on the program:
Contact: Jay Chamberlain, NS4J US Islands Awards Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release
Hams Hit the Water for the new US Islands Awards Program’s “One-Day Getaway” – Saturday, May 9, 2015
February 19, 2015
Fans of portable ham radio are encouraged to grab their equipment and head for the water as part of the new “One-Day Getaway,” sponsored by the US Islands awards program. The annual event will make its debut on Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC (Friday evening to Saturday evening in the continental US).
Founded in 1994, US Islands promotes portable ham radio operations from islands found in all bodies of water: lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and coastal islands in US territorial waters. The One-Day Getaway is an on-air activity, not a contest: no scores are tallied and no prizes are awarded. Participation from all radio amateurs, regardless of experience level, is encouraged.
“US Islands is a great way to go on a mini-DXpedition without spending a lot of money,” said US Islands Awards Manager Jay Chamberlain, NS4J. “Discovering islands in your own back yard and setting up a station outdoors is always a good time. If hams have only operated outdoors during Field Day, we offer another route to get outside and enjoy portable ham radio in a different way.”
Contacts can be made with any station; US Islands offers achievement awards for both island activators and island chasers, including a certificate for your first US Islands activation.
While there are over 2,800 islands on the US Islands list, there are more than 17,000 islands within the United States. Participants can use Google Earth to locate new islands and be the first to operate ham radio from that location! Complete information on the US Islands Program, a how-to guide for One-Day Getaway participants and a list of currently qualified islands is available at http://www.usislands.org.
Hope to work a good number of the group during the event!