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Rare Andaman and Nicobar Islands (VU4) DXpedition on the Air!

from The ARRL Letter, Vol 23, No 48 on December 10, 2004
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Rare Andaman and Nicobar Islands (VU4) DXpedition on the Air!

The National Institute of Amateur Radio-sponsored DXpedition to Andaman and Nicobar Islands (VU4) took to the air December 2 at 1831 UTC, generating a lot of HF excitement. The five-member NIAR team, headed by Bharathi Prasad, VU2RBI, will operate as VU4RBI and VU4NRO from the capital city of Port Blair through the end of December.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is considered among the top most-wanted DXCC entities--some listings put it at number 1. While the DXpedition's first and primary activity has been on 20-meter SSB, operation has begun to expand to other bands and modes. As of week's end, numerous US stations were still reporting trouble even hearing either VU4 station, much less working them. DX spot comments such as "zilch in Ohio" and "nuttin in NNJ" reflected the frustration of those witnessing the success of fellow amateurs elsewhere. An opening to the East Coast December 9 eased the pressure a bit. While some CW operation using the VU4 call signs early on was apparently the work of a pirate, the DXpedition did start up briefly on 15 CW on December 8.

The Daily DX this week had reported that US amateur Charly Harpole, K4VUD, might join the Andamans DXpedition as a guest op, but things did not work out. On December 10, The Daily DX reported Harpole would visit the DXpedition "as a tourist" to take photos and video, but not to operate. "However there is nothing that will stop him from listening, making suggestions or helping with any projects in order to keep the operators QRV around the clock," added The Daily DX Editor Bernie McClenny, W3UR.

McClenny, who also edits "How's DX?" for QST, said Dave Bernstein, AA6YQ, has generated PropView short and long-path propagation forecasts between each continental US call area and the Andamans The projections used are optimistic, McClenny said.

VU4RBI and VU4NRO are the only call signs authorized from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. QSL to NIAR, Rajbhavan Road, Hyderabad-500 082, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA. More information is available on the NIAR Web site


The ARRL Letter Vol. 23, No. 48 December 10, 2004

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Rare Andaman and Nicobar Islands (VU4) DXpedition  
by AH6RR1 on December 12, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I was lucky to work both stations on 15 meters only due to the fact that they asked if there were any North Americain stations only. The JA pileup is inpossible to bust with 100 watts and a 2 element beam.
All I can say is keep trying you might get lucky like I did.

Good Luck and Good DX
Roland AH6RR
Rare Andaman and Nicobar Islands (VU4) DXpedition  
by AD0K on December 26, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Has anyone heard of the safety/condition of the expedition in light of the tsunami in that region?

RE: Rare Andaman and Nicobar Islands (VU4) DXpedit  
by G4XKF on December 31, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Dear Derick,
yes, all of the VU4 team members are safe and sound and are expected to remain there until 31 December as scheduled. The DXpedition is virtually over, as they are helping with emergency traffic.
Best wishes for the Mew Year and thank you for reading 425 DX News,
Mauro, I1JQJ

At 08.22 28/12/2004, you wrote:

----- Original Message -----
From: Derick
To: E-mail:
Sent: Monday, December 27, 2004 4:39 PM
Subject: Andaman Island

Hi Mauro, I wish you all the best for the new year and hope that you had a very nice Christmas, and thank you for all the work you put into 425 list for all us boys on the radio.

Have you heard if the boys that where/are on Andaman island are safe, as I was told that they where staying there until the 30th Dec.

All the best.
Derick G4XKF
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