NA-233 Delarof Group IOTA DXpedition 2009 - Russian Robinson Club NA-233 DXpedition 2009

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KL7RRC NA-233 DXpedition 2009

Russian Robinson Club NA-233 DXpedition 2009




 

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KL7RRC 2009 DXpedition to Alaska is over! More then 6200 Thanks to all of you!

 

IOTA new-one NA-233, Ogliuga Island of  Delarof Group in Western Aleutians, Alaska was activated with a callsign KL7RRC/p June 10-17 2009.

Upon arrival in Adak, June 7th PM we learned our 100ft vessel was broken and supplies (generator/antennas/food/camping gear) will not arrive untill June 11th. By pure luck and great support from "Locals" we where able to find new charter boat, rain gear, generator and everything required to make it happen.

Members of Russian Robinson Club Yuri Zaruba UA9OBA, Johnny Kiesel KE7V and Yuri Sushkin N3QQ installed vertical dipole for 20m and we made about 600 contacts from Adak (NA-039) with a callsign KL7RRC while negotiating charter costs, getting food, fuel and at 7AM June 9th we sailed towards Ogliuga Island on 35ft F/V "Julia Anna".

Captain Ridgley Stier was surprised when we mentioned where we want to go, but he took a pause, looked charts, weather and he came back and said "OK". Our adventure started!

He asked about our sizes: shoes, but it was lost in English/Russian translation, we where thinking about our sizes for potential coffins. Hi Hi.
Safe return was not guaranteed.

Our skiff had 2 horse powers (Yuri/Yuri or Yuri/John), but no motor.

First few days on the Ogliuga island where great, perfect propagtion, sun shine, even sun burns in Aleutians! We actually saw Gareloi volcano, located 10 miles North from us. Then big storm came in, full rain gear, lots of closing did not helped, it was bitter f...   cold.

Ogliuga island, our goal, was an emergency air field, operational during WWII. We almost step on one of mines, laying down on the beach next to our camp.

Imagine 1960s, first flight to space, landing on the Moon. Our operating position was outside of tent, tightly covered with a tarp and to get in and out we felt as astronavts/cosmonavts, flying on the air. Yuri Zaruba UA9OBA liked to work nights and sometimes he turned off VOX to warm up his toes with a foot switch. As you warming up your car during winter, we had to warm up our equipment every morning, because lots of moisture.

Coolest part was, we had only 1 bottle of vodka "Russian Standard" and it was gone in about 15 minutes upon arrival. That's why so many contacts have been made!

Last 2 or 3 days sugar and butter was gone, and water ended ~ 24 hours before boat arrivial.

But we still dreamed about Amchitka Island possibility, NA-070 group, ex nuclear testing range. Just 70 nautical miles West! Captain said no, new storm is coming up, it is not safe.

We had no satellite phones or HF direct contact with Adak, our only link was Ham radio. Our return was rescheduled several times, with help from Tim
K7CTR and Dick N7RO, who called Captain's friend we learned when to be ready for p/up.

We would like to thank to Sergey Morozov, RA3NAN for major financial support, Icom America for provided equipment, Ed K7WIA, and Kim Dove for their time and all of you who contributed toward our success.

We hope when you had a QSO with KL7RRC, you had as much fun as we did to make contacts, sometimes many times! Results: > 6200 QSOs.

Good news are: our equipment is stored in Adak now and we looking to take on Amchitka challenge, the birthplace of Greenpeace. 
We invite sponsors and participants who shares our dream.

Pictures are coming soon.

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LATEST NEWS

June 17, 2009

KL7RRC/p is still ON from NA-233, but the ship is already on the way to pick the team up!
Based on the weather condition (which leaves much to be desired), the final desission will be taken at the time of departure from NA-233 (17th Jun 2009, 14 UTC), either to go to NA-070 (+24 hours of travel) and activity as KL7RRC/a for 24...48 hours, or come back to Adak NA-039 (+12 hours of travel) and operation as KL7RRC.

Stay tuned for the latest news.



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June 16, 2009

KL7RRC/p is active from NA-233 last day (there is still 15th June on NA-233), the weather became worse... strong wind and low temperature +6...+7C daytime (0...+2C during the nights). The ocean condition is not calm. If the ship manage to pick them up quickly from the NA-233 (in takes 12 hours the way from NA-039 to NA-233), and the weather permits, the team will travel to NA-070 (24 hours the way there), otherwise, the team come back to NA-039 to be active some days from there as KL7RRC.
If the team manage to visit NA-070 the activity will be limited 24 (48 hours maximum!) under KL7RRC/a call.
Up to now there are more than 4000 QSOs in the log. The team is ready for new adventures!

Stay tuned!


 
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June 13, 2009

KL7RRC/p has been in the air from NA-233 in the present time (until tomorrow at least).
There is information that the activity from NA-070 is planned in the period of time - 16 ... 18 June under KL7RRC/a callsign.

Waiting for the next RARE IOTA one!

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June 11, 2009

After the activation as KL7RRC from Adak NA-039 for several days,
the KL7RRC/p team has started to be ACTIVE from IOTA New One NA-233, (looks like from Ogliuga Island).
Based on the information from Yuri UA9OBA, they will stay on NA-233 up to 14th June.
Than, if the ship will be ready, they are traveling to NA-070 and try to be active as KL7RRC/a from there for several days!

Stay tuned! And waiting for the news!

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June 1, 2009

 

   Possibly Yuri Zaruba UA9OBA will join our team!

Obstacles:

               1. Last minute travel from Novosibirsk, Russia to Seattle, USA  DONE

               2. Last minute travel from Seattle to Adak, Alaska DONE

               3. No additional spaces on the boat. TBD

               4. Food supply is for 2 persons and only 2 sleeping bags. FIXED

 

We will work on items 3 and 4, hopefully Yuri can make it.

 

Yuri Sushkin

N3QQ

 

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 Location of Ogliuga and Gareloi Islands

 


 Our supply vessel is loaded in Seattle May 27th

 

May 27th, 2009 our equipment and food loaded for  
transportation to Adak!

Operators: Johnny Kiesel KE7V
                   Yuri Sushkin N3QQ
                   Yuri Zaruba UA9OBA
Dates: Arrival in Adak June 7th, 2009
We will concentrate on 6m operation towards NA and JA while
waiting for a supply ship in Adak.


For HF we built two vertical dipoles for 20m (will use as 1/4 waves for 40m). We will look for EU stations around 06-08 UTC.

ETA of Coastal Merchant in Adak is June 11th.
Where is our supply boat in real time? See http://www.coastaltransportation.com/vessel-tracking and click "Track the vessel" next to Coastal Merchant.


 

As of June 1st it is 8 hours late.

If we find a new charter, we plan to operate from Ogliuga Island
June 14-19th. IOTA
NEW-ONE NA-233.

Regular suggested IOTA frequencies (14.040/14260 etc)

If no charter is found, we will only have 24-36 hours time frame
to operate from Gareloi Island June 12-14th NEW ONE NA-233

QSL VIA:
RU/EUROPE Yuri UA9OBA
US/JA/SA Dick N7RO

Please refer to Manager's individual pages on qrz.com for exact
QSL instructions.

Costs: very high. Milk in Adak $14/gallon (~3.8 liters).  Estimate of total expenses ~ IC7800 QTY 1, may be 2.


 

We will appreciate any help, please use Paypal button to make
a donation. Thank you!

73s,
Johnny KE7V  Yuri N3QQ Yuri UA9OBA





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