[amsat-bb] IOTA ... (Islands On The Air).

John Hackett archie.hackett at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 26 09:02:57 PDT 2010


Normally, in a satellite exchange, I only give my locator (JP33WB) - but my QTH is in fact
FREI ISLAND, IOTA EU 36, located at 63.02 degrees North and 7.48 degrees East.

It's just too long winded giving the entire QTH designation on CW so for the IOTA hunters,
please be aware that JP33WB is IOTA EU-36.

I've lived on Frei Island for the past 21 years. Previous to that, my QTH was Gossen Island,
IOTA 56. 

I've been involved with the IOTA program since it was started in the early 80's.

I've worked the analogue satellites daily from and including RS-10 up to and including HO-68
- except for 1 year AWOL (hospital) in 1997 - 1998.

The 'station' is still operated daily ... but in a much smaller capacity. Milliwatting now instead 
of QRP, skill over *BRUTE* force of 2 watts.

100mW ito an 'Arrow' is more than enough on HO-68.

It still cracks me up thinking about K4***'s ... "You need at least 100w and a good antenna
to work AO-7" ... you probably do - if you use a 50 ohm resistor as an aerial.

Incidentally, just the other day I was chatting to a station who mentioned he was G-QRP 
13,000 and something-or-other ...

It made me realise how time flies, I was G-QRP nr 74.

73 John.   <la2qaa at amsat.org> 		 	   		  

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