AT7M - St Mary's Island Activation
A big note of thanks to all the people who were able to contact us, as well as to those who monitored us but couldn't contact us. Propagation wasn't very conducive on 40/80m but 15 / 17 & 20m operations allowed us to log 2K + contact in 48 hours. 40/80 was largely limited to local subcontinent, only exception being few contacts on CW to Finland and Ireland.
Here is a bit about our operations, about us and about the whole journey which took us close to 2 years to plan and implement. Being first timers, it was an excellent performance and with lessons learned on this activation, we are confident that next time around we are going to reach farther and log much more contacts than this time.
Location: St. Mary's Island is just 4 nautical miles off the western coast. It's a small town, but a big fishing harbour called Malpe. The number of trawlers giving us company during day and night, cruising around the island and going about the sea indicated how busy the port remains, and of course, the noise it created for us HI! Only option to reach there is to hire a motor boat and we were fortunate for getting one in which all our equipment for our 2 day sojourn could fit in, along with our team.
Ocean 13 !!! Well Almost ;)
Yes, that's right, we were 13 who stayed on the island to activate this rare station. Last time it was activated was in 2001, so it required a good balance of age, experience and wisdom to carry out the simultaneous 4 band operations in a very short span of time!
- VU2GRM - OM Ram Mohan G
- VU3GDS - Girish Doss
- VU3EDG - Pradeep Kumar
- VU3NPI - Madhu Prasad
- VU3YPP - Poojith Prakash
- VU3ZLS - Likhit Sarvesh
- VU3ESV - Vinod ES
- VU3ZNG - Nyjil George
- VU2DEV - Dev Ramaprabhu
- VU3UN0 - Krishna Kumar
- VU3HVD - Vishwas
- VU3RTX - Rahul MK
- VU2XE - Kiran
- VU2GTI - Gaurav
We also got support and help in our operations from VU2RCT (OM Ramchandra), VU2UR (OM Arasu), VU2SBJ (OM Srikanth Bhat), VU2RDQ Rohit.
Pictures - AT7M Album on Facebook
Here are some of the snaps we clicked on / from the island
Coming up next: Equipment used, Trivia, challenges faced and other details.
Log Status: 2 laptops crashed after return from island, 1 purely a mechanical failure - dropping it while packing, and second is due to exposure to saline content (constant sea spray). We have put the HDD for data recovery and are in the process to reconcile data. Stay tuned :)
ISLAND ACTIVATION - AS-096 St. Marys Island Arabian Sea
We are pleased to inform that amateur operators from Karnataka will be activating St. Marys Island. Initial inputs below, more details to follow soon :)
When: 30 September - 1 October 2017
Bands - All HF Bands
Modes: CW, SSB & Digital
QSL Via VU3NPI
Operating Conditions: Will be updated soon.
Watch out this space for more !!!
VU2GTI / Gaurav / <callsign>@gmail.com
It's been a while since the site was updated, partially because I was caught up with morning qth activities and also because the previous version on which the site was running had become obsolete and had 3 attempts of hacking making lot of files unusable. Well the good news is that I have fixed all issues and old site is accessible. Should you want to capture any information that you recall from previous version, follow this link.
As always, it would take a while to put things in order and make this site filled up .. so keep coming to check the updates and for any suggestions, inputs, views and rag chew, catch me on 145.650 (-) in Bangalore, on 20/40m on HF, Echolink or email at vu2gti on gmail.com.
So Long and thanks for stopping by!