Re: OPE and NPE Announcements
I was at Chagos once...before the Brit's evicted the inhabitants and "loaned" Diego Garcia to the US...does that tell you how long ago it was? :-)toggle quoted message Show quoted text
Is the UK and Mauritius still argueing over who owns it?
----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Innis
Cc: Rick Scott
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:13 AM
Subject: Re:  OPE and NPE Announcements
Yep that old shack with the tin roof. We had a TH6DX and a yagi, one
of my accomplishments while I was there was to get a 90' free standing
tower up, with a 6-30 mhz log periodic antenna on it. Now that was an
antenna, we would compare what we heard on the TH6 and the LP and the LP
was super compared to the beam.
The Seychelles were the controlling entity just prior to my arrival, and
the BritRep passed call sign information to them. When the Seychelles
declared their independence from Britain, that avenue was no longer
open, and the BritRep was not sure about issuing call signs. He
thought it would have to come from Whitehall. So we just operated
portable with his permission.
Wow, what memories of DX pileups that we had. There was only one other
operator (ham) using the gear. We had Collins S-Line with Henry 2K and
3K amplifiers. Some nights 15 was wide open to the states. Worked a
CQWW contest from down there, and for years I held the 15m record for
points in that area. Someone beat me out about 5 or so years ago.
Of course we had it rough down there compared to what it was like when
you were there.
On 10/10/2012 8:16 AM, Rick Scott wrote:
> Good Luck Steve, have fun :).
> Jim, when I was there in 1980, I went over to the British Admin office
> and the Gent pulled out this big Ledger book and had all the current
> callsigns listed. He went down to see if RS was taken and it was not.
> Wrote my name and US callsign and took a copy of my US License and
> issued me a semi official looking paper to operate.
> I have a few pictures of the clubhouse back then. Ill see if I can
> find them. It was an old shack with tin roof. The antennas at the time
> we built from 2 old log antennas the comsta replaced. We had 6 elem on
> 20 and 8 elem on 15 and 10.
> Scotty W7PSK
> (VQ9RS Aug - Nov 1980)
> --- On Tue, 10/9/12, Jim Innis <jinnis@...
> <mailto:jinnis%40swbell.net>> wrote:
> > From: Jim Innis <jinnis@... <mailto:jinnis%40swbell.net>>
> > Subject: Re:  OPE and NPE Announcements
> > To: 070@... <mailto:070%40yahoogroups.com>
> > Cc: "melachri" <w3hf@... <mailto:w3hf%40arrl.net>>
> > Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 6:38 PM
> > Good luck Steve, worked from
> > there as WB6EWH/VQ9 in 1976-77. Was not
> > able to get a VQ9 call due to the BritRep not knowing how to
> > do it (the
> > one at the time).
> > Be prepared for some pileups!
> > Jim, K5SP
> > On 10/9/2012 7:43 PM, melachri wrote:
> > >
> > > That stands for October PSK Expedition and November PSK
> > Expedition. I
> > > guess I'm just running a little late this year.
> > >
> > > A number of you have talked with such fondness about
> > operating from a
> > > certain island that I decided it was time for me to
> > try. So I'm
> > > pleased to announce that I will have about two weeks at
> > the end of
> > > this month to try out a new callsign: VQ9HF. (Yes, the
> > British Rep
> > > issued it last week, thanks to advance paperwork
> > submitted by Jim
> > > ND9M/VQ9JC.) I'll arrive on Diego Garcia on the 15th
> > (next week!) and
> > > leave on the 31st. I'm told that the club station there
> > has been
> > > placed off-limits recently, so it's not clear if I'll
> > be able to use
> > > it at all. Just in case, I'll be bringing my portable
> > station: AD5X
> > > vertical and FT-817. (Some of you may remember that
> > from my APEs on
> > > NA-112 a few years ago.) This is primarily a work trip,
> > so operating
> > > time will have to fit around the work schedule, and I
> > won't really
> > > know what that will be until I'm there. Internet access
> > is limited
> > > (and slow), so I may not be able to post plans in
> > advance. And unless
> > > I can get access to the club station antennas, my QRP
> > station may be
> > > "difficult DX" for some to work. But I'll give it a try
> > and hope to
> > > put AF-006 in many logs.
> > >
> > > So that's the OPE portion. The NPE part is that I've
> > just (this
> > > afternoon) found out that I have to stop at Guam on the
> > way home.
> > > (This actually is a business destination with work to
> > do, not a flight
> > > layover.) I'm not sure the duration yet, but if I get a
> > chance, I'll
> > > try to operate W3HF/KH2 from Danny and Maria's place
> > again. I should
> > > know tomorrow the schedule of when I'll be on THAT
> > island.
> > >
> > > Steve
> > > W3HF/VQ9HF (that is SO cool!)
> > >
> > > (FYI: VQ9HF will QSL the same as W3HF: already AG on
> > eQSL, LoTW
> > > certificate requested, paper cards direct or bureau via
> > W3HF, etc.)
> > >
> > >
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