S21DX IOTA, 13-19 December 2024


S21 Islands on the air

We are planning to activate another IOTA in this December.
As-127 (5Y:35.3, 10Y:31.0 and all time:24.1) or AS-140 (5Y:39.5 10Y:33.0 and all time:24.9) island group not decided yet, as both weight almost similar in the most wanted list – we will decide considering logistics and cost.

Our main goal this year is to focus on hands on training and capacity building for the local HAMs to understand different types of HF antenna, Propagation and Pileup handling. We hope in coming days we will see more HF station doing DXing from S2.

After checking all the islands in the two groups, considering Logistics, Transport and Cost we have decided to do the IOTA from the same island as before (Dhal Char, AS-140). The other nearby island is not suitable due to antenna orientation problem and also drinking water is not available in all of them, some are not inhabited.

We will try to operate the stations at least 20 hours a day (Depends on Generator Fuel fund and number of operators)

Antenna firm and Rigs [initial planning]:

Rigs

  • 4 HF rigs

Antennas

  • Low band Loop on ground RX
  • 160m capacitive hat loaded TX vertical.
  • 80m 1/4 GP vertical.
  • 40m 4 Square Vertical Array
  • 12m VDA
  • 20/15/10m Spiderbeam
  • 20/15/10m Spiderbeam
  • 30/17/12 1/4 FAN GP vertical.

Stations

  • Station 1: SSB Phone/FT8 FH
  • Station 2: SSB Phone/FT8 FH
  • Station 3: FT8 FH
  • Station 4: RTTY

Operators (proposed):

  • S21AM
  • S21RC
  • S21FIA
  • S21BK
  • S21ACP
  • S21DW
  • S21OD
  • S21TQ
  • S21YLJ
  • S21D
  • S21MK
  • S21TG
  • S21MOB
  • S21OM

  • * Applied. Selection process not completed.

Logistics:

  • TBA

Volunteers / Apprentice:

  • Tanvir M Shuvo

Budget and support methods:

Budget: TBA
Food and local transportation will be covered by the operators [approximately 15,000 BD Taka each].
Remaining expenditure would be for the following:
1. Boat Charter
2. Generator Fuel
3. Wires and ropes for antennas.

Please support us so we can fulfill the plan and stay longer as planned.


or send to [email protected] (for JA)

QSL Policy:

Like all our past expeditions. we have decided NOT to fund this IOTA through rapid QSL confirmation mechanism. Online LOG will be uploaded to LoTW and Clublog within few days of coming back to city.

Paper QSL card will be available through our QSL manager and long time good friend David EB7DX.

Wanna join the 2024 IOTA TEAM?


It’s a local initiatives, if you are a experience S2 ham operator and willing to experience hardship, like challenges and adventures, join with the team.

2024 Team

Rabby
S21RC
QRZ
Zubayer
S21BK
QRZ
Jihad
S21MOB
Mohsin
S21MK
QRZ
Shawon
S21OD
QRZ
Parvez
S21DW
QRZ
Shafin
S21TG
QRZ
Raka
S21YLJ
QRZ
Manjurul
S21AM
QRZ
Samiul
S21TQ
QRZ
Maruf
S21FIA
QRZ
Sabbir
S21ACP
QRZ
Dipu
S21D
QRZ
Omi
S21OM
QRZ

UPDATES and NEWS

  • 14 July 2024: We have repaired and tested the 40m Four Square antenna, it has nice directivity.
  • In a meeting on 27th June Island has been selected as Dhal Char AS-140

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