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
N1L – Number 1 Lighthouse Conanicut Island, RI007S and Beavertail Lighthouse, RI’s oldest
Page WA3EOP & Al KZ3AB July 2007
K3USI Mid-Atlantic Island Crew Gilligan’s Island, VA042L Hog Pen Island, VA043L Kerr Reservoir
AE4MK operator, 21 April 2007
by John Reisenauer Jr., KL7JR (former NL7TB)
It was the summer of 1994 when I really got hooked on island chasing, both IOTA and CISA. Why didn’t the US have an island program I asked. I was told the idea had been discussed but no action was ever taken. That would soon change. With my own ideas and advice from others, the United States Islands Awards Program (USI) came to be.
Featured in QST May 2002, by John Reisenauer Jr, KL7JR/VE8JR
Tropical DXing just wasn’t in my vocabulary until my job took me to St Croix in the US Virgin Islands.
Story and Photos by John Reisenauer Jr., KL7JR
From one of the most remote places in the United States, history and DX come alive.