VU4R Neil Island, Andaman Islands

Press Release 1 by VU4R Team

The VU4R Team will be active from 20th March 2020 to 31st March 2020 in Neil Islands, Andamans.

The operation will mainly focus on low bands 160M, 80M, 40M. We propose to activate 60M for the first time from VU4R Dxpediton. We will also be operating during the CQ WPX contest, giving the contesters yet another rare prefix !

We do have concern band limitation on 160M due to the recent changes in our WPC which we are working on to resolve the Frequency Spectrum issue. Based on that we will also announce later final frequency and operating schedule. The location will be the Northern tip of the Neil Island with clear opening to Europe / USA and All the antennas will be on the beach.

Our Team has decided that Charles, M0OXO of great repute will be the QSL Manager, Club Log and Online Log will be uploaded during or after the Expedition as the network permits. We will also be active on Eshail satellite for one day.

A minimum of three stations will be active , more will be operation depending on propagation and resources. We will be using SteppIR / Hex beam for the high bands and Vertical antennas for the low bands .

We need to hire the boat from Portblair to Neil Islands, The Island has intermittent power supply . we have to hire generators and many
other items needed to procure for this activity in addition to Station Rooms in Resort for 11 days. We will be operating over 150m from the beach , A large qty of Low Loss LMR cables, poles and many items are required.

Your contribution to this DXpedition is Welcome and every contribution will acknowledge and updated in our website.

All individual supporters 25$+ will receive direct QSL.

All individual supporters 50$ + will receive direct QSL + VU4 Pin

All individual supporters 100$ + will receive direct QSL + VU4 Pin +
Custom T-Shirt.

Our Website is for more information – Please support via paypal or international bank.

73s and thank you.. Team VU4R

R.Sarath Babu, VU2RS ( Old Call VU3RSB)

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Charles M0OXO

I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.

I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.

IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.

In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.