Sked please for Flex-6300 planned Island Operations for US Islands Program One Day-Getaway 2015 May 9th?

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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:

http://www.usislands.org/USI-1DG-PressRelease.pdf

Contact: Jay Chamberlain, NS4J US Islands Awards Manager ns4j@usislands.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.

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Hope to work a good number of the group during the event!


73

Steve

K9ZW

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  • excited to have a day out operating planned!

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SSB, CW, DIGI? Do you have a freq and / or schedule?
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From the US Islands FAQ:

The informal USI operating frequencies are 7.250, 21.350, 14.250-14.260 (main) and 28.450 MHz SSB, plus the common calling frequencies for CW and digital modes. Many USI CW operations are QRP; look for them around 3.560, 7.040, 14.060, 21.060 and 28.060 MHz.
We're planning SSB 20m & 15m unless band conditions are poor.

Usual fall back if bands are weak is then digital - would be PSK31 at the usual calling frequencies.  

Tentative schedule (UCT):

00:00Z operations at Step-In Island will likely run 2 hours to 02:00Z (Friday Local Time 7PM for two hours)

Expecting to be on The Flats Island 13:00Z until 16:00Z (Saturday Local Time 8-11AM), breaking down & meeting folk for Lunch, then running from Banta Island 18:00Z to at least 21:00Z (Saturday Local Time 1-4PM).

If rate merits we will run Banta Island, since it is a brand new one, for a few more hours.

Weather will have a lot of impact of course.  

73

Steve
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Steve,

May 9th is Saturday did you mean Friday  May 8th and Saturday May 9th?

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Good question, as One Day Getaway would suggest it would be actually "one day."

The US Islands One Day-Getaway is running 24 hours on UTC/Zulu contest style, which makes it 7 PM Friday May 8th to 7 PM Friday May 9th local time.

We're running the first evening only because Step-In Island is a "drive-on Island" and we're hoping the bar on the island lets us operate from their QTH.

Otherwise we can expect Islands without easy access/facilities to largely be on during Saturday's local daylight hours.  Some participants with their own Island QTH, like my buddy George W9EVT, will be on more.

73

Steve
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Steve, since we are all your cohorts (all having a 6000 +/-) you could give us a 5 min warning of when you start and where and nobody will spot you for some number of minutes, which should satisfy your goal of working other (lots of other) flex radios. Just a thought.
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UPDATE - K9ZW/W9JSB Operations - May 8th/9th (9th in Zulu) Island Operations

Planning SSB 20m & 15m unless band conditions are poor.  We’re equipped to do 80-6m if needed.
Usual fall back if bands are to weak for SBB QSOs.  
If bad bands we will a switch to digital - most likely PSK31 at the usual calling frequencies.  

Tentative schedule (UCT in bold, local time in italics):

  • May 9th -  00:00Z operations at Step-In Island WI039R will likely run 2 hours to 02:00Z (That is actually Friday May 8th Local Time 7PM for the two hours - it will be dark by 8:15 PM +/- and the bar on the island has just gone out of business - <<insert sad face here >>> which also means no outside lights or power to use to extend operations much past dark)
  • Planning to be on The Flats Island WI041R 13:00Z until 16:00Z (Saturday Local Time 8-11AM), then breaking down & meeting Scott W9JSB for Lunch,
  • followed by running from Banta Island WI057R (First Time Activation) 18:00Z to at least 21:00Z (Saturday Local Time 1-4PM). NOTE If rate merits we will run Banta Island longer, since it is a brand new one.
Weather will have a lot of impact of course.  We won’t be able to run if it is lightening or raining (and despite a cold cold spring it better not snow again until winter!!)

We have tentative additional operators, but no one has confirmed as of this morning.  
W9JSB is bringing his bag of QRP tricks along, and possible may join on Friday night for Step-In Island WI039R operations as well.

73

Steve
K9ZW



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