US Islands Awards Program

USI Videos

K3USI (Mid-Atlantic Island Crew) operators KF4BAN Bob and NS4Jay doing a Potomac River expedition to qualify Harrison island MD032R, June 26, 2017. 

Sean Kutzko, KX9X, takes us on another low-power ham radio adventure. This time, Sean operates from Pigeon Key, Florida, as part of the US Islands Awards Program. Sean set up at Pigeon Key’s Marine Science Center in December 2014, and made over 140 two-way contacts in four hours using only seven pounds of gear. By making use of a naturally-occurring phenomenon in a layer of the atmosphere called the ionosphere, which allows radio waves to travel around the Earth, no cell phone networks or Internet was needed.

Qualification of PR061S, Cayo Pirata by Radio Operadores del Este, KP3RE, ops: KP4RV, KP4RD, KP4LE, NP3OT, KP3SK, WP4PBS & NP3MR

The Noise Blankers Radio Group qualified Horseshoe Island (AR015) on Beaver Lake in northwest Arkansas, September 2011. K5H contacted 351 stations in 42 states and 16 countries. Two stations, approximately 80 yards apart, were on the air. Station #1 used a vertical antenna and station #2 used a dual-band dipole. 2nd place winner in the 2013 ARRL Video Contest

An August 2016 expedition to Santa Rosa Island AKA Okaloosa Island for the W/VE Island QSO Party. The Island is FL003S for the QSO Party. The same site is part of the of Gulf Islands National Seashore. My ops also counted for National Parks On The Air Activation, SS08. I also sent an APRS message to Bob KK4DIV in Panama City to help with the NPOTA Five Star Activator Recognition.

Setup of Station #1 K5H Ham Radio Special Event, AR015 Horseshoe island qualification, September 2011.

Radio Operadores del Este, Inc. (KP3RE) on a new adventure to Vieques island, about 15 nautical miles from the main land. Enjoy our Sept 19, 2015, US Island activation of Cayo Blanco – PR050S. ops: KP4RV, KP4LE, KP4RD, NP3MR, & WP4PBS


Cayo Chiva PR081S qualification. KP3RE ops: KP4RV, KP4LE, KP4RD, KP4GQ, KP4FGL, NP4JA, WP4PGY, NP3OT, WP3EF, WP4PBS, & NP3MR

KP3RE – Radio Operadores del Este, Inc during the recent US island activation of Cayo Cabritas PR080S in the municipality of Ceiba, Puerto Rico. Sept 7, 2015 ops: KP4RV, KP4LE, KP4FGL, KP4GQ, KP4MTG, & WP4PG

USI (PR041 – Isla Matei) Qualified by “WP4Q Team” December 13, 2014.

K3CPK portable operation from Hart-Miller island, MD015S on May 17, 2014.

KL7RRC, St. Matthew island AK016S expedition 2011.

Alvin, N0ZYX caught NS4J activating DC001R Columbia island on Feb. 1, 2015.

W8OTC ham radio club DXpedition to Sisters Island, MI094R in Monroe, Michigan. OTCRADIO.ORG

N6TLU QRP, makes another trip to Drummond Island, MI007L in the UP of Michigan. He set up a battery powered station with a dipole antenna supported by a deer hanger. The weather was not the best. Rain/fog and bugs! Only made 2 contacts in two days.

More CW fun from MI007L. 2012 N6TLU Operating QRP on the beach of lake Huron, Drummond island. Lots of fun, Lots of bugs! Was able to work the NAQCC CW Net. Excellent signals. Had a great time.

Jim, W9UUM operating W9IDC from WI034R Goose island during the 2009 W/VE Island QSO Party