Two NFARL Members, Terry Joyner (W4YBV) and Jim Paine (N4SEC) set out on a fun adventure of qualifying three new islands off the west coast of Florida on May 2, 3, and 4 with the US Islands Awards Program. Planning started several months in advance by looking at tide tables, our availability, and other factors. Our island transportation was Terry’s 26 foot Carolina Skiff Center-Console fishing boat.
This activation of Marco Island, FL025S was not very successful in my eyes. I was plagued with equipments problems both days of operations. The first day the Yaesu was over run with static crashes on receive. I only managed 25 QSOs in a little over 2 hours, but I did snag Japan and Australia. The second day the Yaesu would only manage 20 watts out on all bands. With the NA QSO party in full swing it wasn’t worth my time yelling CQ so after 2 QSOs I packed it in and met my wife on the beach for a Pina Colada.
The October W/VE Island QSO Party has been tough for me to take part in. Most every event falls on my wedding anniversary weekend. I managed to get a pass for the 2011 event and did a Rover operation close to home on the Rappahannock River. Continue reading
ARRL Contest Branch Manager
ARRL’s intrepid contest manager braves a speck of an island in a New Hampshire pond to activate a new American island
Tennessee Valley DX Association (TVDXA)
by KG4RWZ with K9TEN (Ottis and Craig)
In May of 2008, I was looking through the contest season calendars and noticed the US Islands contest in mid-October. Reading further, I realized that the only real way to compete with any dignity would be from a qualified island location. I started looking through the list of islands in North Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee to find a suitable island to visit for the contest, but found only one island close by. That island is accessible via road and doesn’t appear to be much of an adventure to access. I also noticed that a very popular and well-known island, at least to the locals, is near a friend’s house on Smith Lake had not been qualified. So the quest began to find some friends to go play radio with me on the island.
W3B St Clement’s Island, MD028R and Blackistone Light House Potomac River, St Mary’s County
Jim KA3UNQ and Dan KD3CQ October, 2007