Andaman and Nicobar Islands DXpeditionKrish, W4VKU, will be leading a team of 10 amateur radio operators to the Andaman Islands (AS-001) and Nicobar Islands (AS-033) in the month of November. The callsign for both activations will be VU4KV.
Initially, a short duration of activity will be carried out from Campbell Bay in the Great Nicobar by few of the team members. This will be followed by a larger activation from Neil Island in the Andamans for at least 10 days. The exact dates will be published once the logistics are in place.
Operators mentioned are Krish W4VKU (VU2VKU), Prasad VU2PTT,
Pai VU2PAI, Nandu VU2NKS, Kumar VU2BGS, Chetan VU3DMP, Deepak VU2CDP, Sangeeth A45WH (VU2WH), Kiran VU3KPL and Aravind VU2ABS.
The tentative plans and schedule are as follows:
* Campbell Bay, Great Nicobar Island -
Operation between November 3-13th, and is dependent on boat schedules published only a week ahead of departure. The team will be Krish/W4VKU (VU2VKU), Pai/VU2PAI, and Chetz/VU3DMP. Activity will be focused on limited bands for CW/SSB with QRO and gain antennas.
They will have two stations on the air:
Radios: 1x Elecraft K3, 1x Kenwood TS 480
5 band Hexbeam, vertical for 40/30m
2x Elecraft KPA-500 amplifiers
* Neil Island, Andaman -
This will be a bigger operation with 5 QRO stations and 10 operators possibly between November 15-30th. The five stations (4x HF, 1x 6m) will be made-up of Elecraft K3, Kenwood TS-590 and Kenwood TS-480, with 3x Elecraft KPA-500 and 2x Acom 1000 amps. Antennas: Phased Vertical arrays for 160/80/40/30m + separate RX antennas, Mix of directional antennas and verticals for 20-10m and a 5 element Yagi for 6m.
The team is looking for sponsors/funds for both operations (PayPal
QSL via W4VKU. An OQRS will be available in December.
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