VU4KV went QRT at midnight on 30th November (18:30z). There were four stations active till the very end – three on CW in the CQWW CW Contest and one on RTTY. Except for the Contest log, all other QSOs are now on Clublog. (You may read the CQWW CW 3830 post here) OQRS will be activated once the Contest log is uploaded after Krish W4VKU is back home in the US on Sunday.
We managed just under 50k QSOs in some very trying circumstances as the team whittled down to 7 members.
Pai, VU2PAI returned home after the VU4CB Nicobar IOTA operation and could not make it back. Another op – Sangeeth VU2WH (A45WH) had to fly back home on the fourth day to attend to an urgent family matter. The team remaining on the island was – Krish W4VKU, Prasad VU2PTT, Kumar VU2BGS, Nandu VU2NKS, Chetan VU3DMP, Kiran VU3KPL and Deepak VU2CDP. The heat and humidity tested the endurance of the team members and they took some time to get all antennas up including 6m. With a reduced team it was a challenge to be on multiple bands at the same time but we persevered. We were also interrupted frequently by power cuts and a generator that would not kick in on its own. Aside from this, we even endured a huge thunderstorm during one of our evenings and experienced tremors from a minor earthquake one morning. If you noticed any unusual flutter in our signals, it was probably the antennas swaying! Speaking of which, our antennas were – Vertical Dipole Arrays (VDAs) for 20 – 10m placed right at the water’s edge, a two-element phased array on 30m and 80m, a four square on 40m, a top loaded vertical on 160m and a 9 element beam on 6m. A gallery with more pictures has been published on our website and it can accessed here.
A word about 6m: the current regulations in VU allow only FM and digital modes with a maximum power output of 25w. We managed to work only JAs on the Magic Band on RTTY and FM.
Please use [email protected] for all log check requests. The QSL design will commence soon and we will keep everyone posted on the updates.
Thank you for your calls and we hope you had fun chasing us for a new DXCC or band/mode country.
73 and see you on the bands!
Deepak VU2CDP / VU4KV team.