Update July 7: Phone operation from Adak has been extremely difficult and that is why the team has concentrated on CW and FT8. However, they have decided to make a concerted effort on SSB and will be on 14.260 for most of the remainder of the operation. Keep an ear out on that frequency. [Info. via DX-World]
Update July 5: Members of the Russian Robinson Club, operating as KL7RRC from Alaska’s Adak Island (NA-039) are sad to report that due to circumstances beyond their control, they will be cutting short this IOTA activation originally set to occur on both Adak and Kiska Island (NA-070).
You may recall that original plans were for the five member team to fly into Adak and be met by a chartered sailboat. Two weeks ago, SV Seal was one day from Dutch Harbor to pick up the team’s gear when an unfortunate medical emergency forced it to return and cancel the charger.
Tim NL8F, who lives in Dutch Harbor, AK was able to locate a suitable replacement vessel to take the team out the 240 miles to Kiska with the “new” vessel picking them up in Adak and transferring them to Kiska on July 6 or 7.
The team agreed to continue with the project and flew to Adak on Wednesday, June 30. For the past five days they have set up their stations and antennas and currently QRV with three stations.
However it was learned earlier today that a mechanical failure on this new vessel has forced it to cancel as well. Today, efforts were made in Adak trying once again to locate a suitable vessel. After exploring all possibilities and in consideration of safety factors involved with sailing out into some of the most difficult waters of the Bering Sea, it was collectively decided to not further pursue last-minute options. The team is obviously disappointed in this outcome but feel the decision being made is in the best interest of safety. They have also agreed to pursue another attempt to get to Kiska next year.
Meanwhile, KL7RRC will continue to operate from Adak until Friday, July 9 in hopes that everyone still needing NA-039 will find a way into the log.
Conditions from Adak have been good and their log shows over 5,200 QSO‘s following four days operation. But the real surprise has been conditions on 6 m. Yesterday (July 3-4 UTC), KL7RRC experienced a great 6m opening that resulted in 468 JA QSOs. A few stations were also worked from BY, DU and HL. They will continue to place emphasis on 6m during their remaining time on Adak.
Team leader Yuri N3QQ has indicated that due to the fact this IOTA Expedition emphasized the Kiska portion of the project, anyone who donated to the project wanting a refund, should contact him directly
Update June 30: For CW operation we will test SDC in a pileup mode with ExpertSDR integration, no need to call on the same (last caller’s) frequencies. The bandwidth of SDC native skimmer is 50 Hz. Stay where you are, we know you calling, the operator will select your callsign. Three mouse clicks all is needed for a full QSO including logging in N1MM+. Looking forward for fun and very efficient operation with a high QSO rate!
Update June 8: According to DX-World the KL7RRC Kiska (NA-070) and Adak (NA-039) Islands IOTA Expedition by the Russian Robinson Club scheduled for early July is still on track.
As a reminder, the charter cost alone for the vessel is $30K and current donations are less than $3K. If you are interested in supporting this IOTA expedition with a donation, please visit the website and access the PayPal link.
Update May 7: Two pallets weighing 983 pounds and containing much of the equipment required for our upcoming KL7RRC operation set for July, was opened and inventoried today as we continue preparation for the much anticipated IOTA DXpedition to Kiska (NA-070) and Adak Islands (NA-029) located in Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands. These IOTA activations will be conducted by members of the Russian Robinson Club and we will be using the Club callsign KL7RRC from both IOTA Island operations.
The two pallets were actually sent to Alaska last year in advance of the originally planned 2020 trip which was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19.
This KL7RRC equipment has been stored for over a year by KL7RRC team member Tim NL8F. Tim is a veteran DXpeditioner who lives in Dutch Harbor on Amaknak Island, Unalaska, Alaska. History buffs will also know that Dutch Harbor was the location of the Battle of Dutch Harbor in June 1942, and was one of the few sites in the United States to be subjected to aerial bombardment by a foreign power during World War II.
Stay tuned for more updates on the KL7RRC project.
Update April 24: Walt, N6XG, will join the team as the 5th member.
Update April 20: Updated schedule (subject to change due to travel restrictions):
Arrival in Adak, Alaska: June 30th, 2021
Operating from Adak June 30th-July 3rd, 2021
Travel to Kiska island on July 4th, 2021
Operating from Kiska island July 7th-12th, 2021
Operating from Adak (NA-039) July 14th-16th 2021
Flying back home: July 17th, 2021
Update April 5: Operation rescheduled between July 7-12. The team has found a charter vessel and are currently in negotiations. Operators mentioned are Yuri/N3QQ, Rob/N7QT, Tim/NL8F, Sandro/VE7NY and possibly one more.
QSL via N7RO.
Update June 26: Operation rescheduled for June 2021
Update May 16: Updated schedule (subject to change due to travel restrictions):
Arrival in Adak, Alaska: September 2nd, 2020
Preparations: September 3rd, 2020
Travel to Kiska island on September 4th, 2020
Operating from Kiska island September 5-10th, 2020
Operating from Adak (NA-039) September 11-18th 2020
Flying back home: September 19th, 2020
Tickets to Adak purchased by some team members
QSL via N7RO.
All donors will receive QSL direct.
Update March 21: Dates 17-19 June. They will operate CW, SSB and FT8 (Fox & Hound) with three stations. QSL via N7RO. Bookmark https://www.na-234.com/ for updates.
Yuri, N3QQ informs that his team have plans to be active from Adak Island, NA-039 (and possibly another rare IOTA) in June 2020.
“..dates, tickets to Adak in hand..“, says Yuri. Full details.
Furthermore, Yuri mentions the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) is now a non-profit corporation registered within Washington State. This means RRC is now in-effect a charity (as it has been approved by the State) which in-turn allows RRC to support future IOTA expeditions, and not just RRC ones.