NEWS UPDATE – AT2SL will QRT approx 0130-0200z Monday 17th.

October 14 @ 15:30z – Following is a text message received by Prasad VU2PTT from Deepak VU2CDP regarding the current operation.

“Power is out since this morning and the locally available generators are not much use. Phone about to die. Power not restored and no hope of it being restored tomorrow either, some issue at supply end. We are arranging gens from the mainland and they can be delivered only tomorrow.”

More updates when we receive them.

October 13 @ 12:00z – Deepak VU2CDP exclusively sends images and further info from Shiyal Bet island, AS-176.

“The SSB camp is located inland and is housed in the community hall. It has a hexbeam.

The CW& RTTY campsite is located in the northern part of the island with the shack inside a small cave. The antennas are vertical dipoles for 20&17 and 1/4 wave verticals for 30&40. We have s6 QRN which is rather uncharacteristic. We don’t know if it is from the port; blazing lights all night and the sound of heavy machinery can be heard all the time. Switched off all the lights in the vicinity but the noise wouldn’t go away. Last night 30&40 were a bust as I couldn’t hear much above the noise.

The AC supply has been rectified but back-up generators are totally unreliable. So if there is a power outage we may be off air.

Living condx are generally poor. The cave is not a great place to spend the night with lots of creepy crawlies and a few 4 legged types scurrying around :)”

October 12 @ 16:40z  “We arrived here yesterday late afternoon and have been struggling to sort out power issues. The island mains supply is erratic and the back-up generators which have been arranged are unreliable. We have managed to redo some of the wiring here and hope it will work. Living condx too are a challenge. Sorry for keeping you all waiting. Should be on CW shortly”. (tnx VU2CDP)

October 2, 2016 – Deepak, VU2CDP informs DX-World of the following good news!

We are glad to announce the first activation of Gujarat State East Group IOTA AS-176 from Shiyal Bet island (as AT2SL) from 12 to 17 October. Team comprises YL Sarla VU2SWS, Nandu VU2NKS, Rajesh VU2EXP and Deepak VU2CDP. We will be QRV using 2/3 stations from 40-15m on CW, SSB, and RTTY. QSL via VU2CDP or Club Log OQRS.

More info here