NFARL (NF4GA) set out in early 2017 to celebrate their 40th club anniversary with a very unique USI adventure. Their goal, as a club was to operate from a minimum of 40 U.S. Islands. 10 menbers, Scott Straw KB4KBS, Jeff Otterson N1KDO, Jim Paine N4SEC, Terry Joyner W4YBV, Grant Register KK4PCR, Daryl Young K4RGK, Lori Young K4UPI, Bob Hensey K4VBM, John Norris N4IHV, and Bill Cobb K4YJJ joined forces to exceed their goal and operated from 46 USI with a total of 902 QSOs for the year.
On July 5, 2017 I set out for my qualification of Green island WI062. A year ago I was successful in getting the island approved by USIsland Awards Program and received permission from the island owner “Roen Salvage Company”, Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin to conduct a ham radio operation from the island. I was not able however, to qualify the island that year.
This is a table of my USI Expedtions
The idea to activate an island was borne in the regular club meetings (Amateur Radio Transmitting Society, ARTS), after discussing activating Shippingport (KY002R) near downtown Louisville, for about a year.
The US Islands program (USI) is found at http://usislands.org/ and it is not associated with the IOTA program but rather for islands found within lakes, rivers and ocean shore of the United States. I also qualified one other USI, TX035L, Rattlesnake, many years ago and have activated TX003S, Goose island in the Gulf of Texas.
Christian Bravo ~ W4ALF 6 August 2016
Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio Club
It took me 2 attempts but got the 5 contacts I needed plus 20 more to qualify Horseshoe Island WI060L off the Door County Peninsula of Wisconsin yesterday 24 September. I was so grateful that conditions on the band were better than on August 27th 73’s, Paul KD9FM.
On August 27, 2016, members of the Suwannee Amateur Radio Club participated in two events from North Key Island, FL (Cedar Keys). N4SVC operated in the US Islands Awards Program to qualify the island for the first time. It is now designated FL528S. Continue reading