IOTA News from OPDX and the FT8 Operating Guide


Big Island ARRL News, 15 January 2018, 2105 UTC, Post #428.


IOTA News from OPDX.

This useful DXpedition list from Tedd Mirgliotta (KB8NW) is a valuable tool for those pursuing awards in the IOTA (Islands On The Air) program.  Tedd is the editor of the “Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin.” Here are the active islands in the program:

IOTA News from OPDX

15 January, 2018

Island activities:

EU-064. Operators Fabien/F4GYM and Christophe/F4GTB will be active from Noirmoutier Island (DIFM AT-020) for RSGB IOTA Contest in July.

EU-099. Operators Nobby/G0VJG, Giles/M0TGV, Graham/G4FNL, Toby/M0TBS, CR/G0FDZ and Martin/M0MDR will be active as MJ8C from MaîtresseÎle Les Minquiers (the ‘Minkies’ Reef) during the RSGB IOTA
Contest (July 28-29th) as Multi-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via G4DFI. Operators will also operate before and after contest as GJ3RCV.

NA-067. Operators Marty/W4MY, Paul/AA4XX, Dick/N4HAY and Marc/W4MPS
will be active as W4MY from Harkers Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op/Island entry. QSL via W4MY.

NA-102. Jean-Pierre, F6ITD, will be active as FG/F6ITD from La Désirade
Island, lighthouse (LH GUA005) and France Flora Fauna site (FFF 1000) between January 29th and March 15th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters with 500 watts and multi-dipoles using SSB, the Digital modes and CW. QSL via F6ITD.

OC-265. Andy, VK5MAV, will be active as VK5MAV/9 from Cato Reef for
6 days in April or May. Activity will be on various HF bands.
QSL via ClubLog’s OQRS or via RN3RQ.

* Craig, VK5CE, will activate three IOTA in Western Australia as VK5CE/6 sometime in June. The following islands were mentioned:
OC-170 — Woody Island; 2-3 days
OC-199 — East Lewis Island; 3-4 days
OC-140 — Direction Island; 3-4 days
Activity will be on various HF bands (40-12m). QSL via VK5CE direct.
Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also watch:

* (Update) Cezar, VE3LYC, plans to activate some IOTAs between mid-
April and May (9 days in the Solomon Islands (H44) and 8 days in
the Temotu (H40). Callsigns were not mentioned. His tentative
schedule is as follows:
April 22-25th — From Mbanika Island (OC-168, Russell Islands,
Solomon Islands). Cezar will be joined by Bernhard/DL3GAC (H44MS) and they will operate with two stations on the air (mainly 40/30/20/17m) using CW and SSB.
April 26-27th — Small possibility of an operation from Nggela Sule Island (OC-158, Florida Islands).
April 29th- May 3rd — From Tahua or Taumako Island (OC-179,
Duff Islands)
No other details were provided. Cezar is looking for support for this operation. For more details and possible updates, see:

FT8 Operating Guide

FT8 is a rapidly expanding digital mode that is attracting a large number of radio amateurs.  So far, there hasn’t been a concerted effort to bring some standard operating procedures to the mode.  Gary Hinson (G4IFB) is trying to bring some order out of the developing chaos.  He has some helpful suggestions to make your use of this fascinating digital mode an enjoyable experience.  You can find his pdf here:

East Hawaii CERT Basic Training Course.

Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT) will be offered at Hilo’s Aupuni Conference Room on four successive Saturdays:  20 January, 27 January, 03 February, and 10 February 2018, from 0830 to 1630 HST.  To register, go to Eventbrite–

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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