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K6VVA/KL7 Endicott Island Alaska IOTA NA - 004

Rick, K6VVA will be active as K6VVA/KL7 from Endicott Island, IOTA NA - 004, 8 - 11 November 2018.
He will operate on 40, 30, 20m CW with some SSB.
Recent DX Spots K6VVA/KL7
No QSLs. IOTA credit only via QSO matching.
Information from Rick:

Scheduled QRV is from 8 Nov 2018 (2200utc) until 11 Nov 2018 (1800utc).

Operation will be primarily CW mode on 20m, 30m & 40m (some SSB), w/TS-480HX (200w) and Vertical w/16 sloping radials, plus backup radio, power supply, computer and antenna parts.

With current low Solar SFI condx at 70+ Degrees North Latitude, band openings to many IOTA Chaser Geo-Areas will be very limited. I would prefer to see at least SFI= 120 like during my successful IOTA NA-050 Expedition in 2013, but this would require a QRX for several more years ;-(

The scheduled trip is Weather Dependent. If all planes fly OK, the big concern is about any unexpected solar disturbances, and the Auroral Oval possibly showing up overhead. Accordingly, "Managed Operational Focus" will be primarily to the serious IOTA Community stations on the current IOTA Honour Role & Annual Listing who regularly submit for IOTA Credit.

My new "ATNi FIRST" PROTOCOL Operating Strategy for IOTA Expeditions is clearly explained in 7 Languages with details accessible via the NA-004 webpage URL. Current 2018 IOTA Honour Roll and Annual Listing callsigns will be used. All stations will be given opportunities to call as periodically designated, but again, my PRIMARY GOAL is to put as many Serious IOTA Chasers into the log who need just ONE NA- 004 QSO for IOTA Credit.

VERY IMPORTANT: IOTA credit will be ONLY via "QSO MATCHING" as soon as the Expedition is Validated by IOTA LTD - MERRY CHRISTMAS 2018 !!!

Do NOT send Direct QSLs and do NOT send Bureau QSLs to K6VVA, because they will NOT be answered. Keep your $$$ and QSLs, because they are NOT needed to obtain IOTA Credit for this activation. KL7 is NOT a rare DXCC, but DXCC credit will be available after the log is uploaded to LoTW in early 2019.

As on my previous IOTA Expedition, I plan to record the entire Expedition audio, which I have found extremely useful in resolving the very few log check inquiries which may occur. I will also do an updated Propagation Analysis for NA-004 to primary IOTA Chaser Geo-Areas the day before leaving on the Expedition and based on solar levels at that time.

Updated INFO/NEWS will hopefully be available via my LocustPOST INFO/NEWS Tool at and possibly Twitter at If I cannot make postings directly from NA-004, I do have a "Secret Pilot " in QRX mode. Depending on Internet connectivity, there may be partial log uploads to Clublog searchable in a Clublog widget on the webpage. However, always remember: "Hi-Tech is great, WHEN it works".
FYI & 73,

Rick - K 6 V V A The Locust IOTA Marathon DIAMOND Activator

K6VVA/KL7 News 4 November 2018


After much serious deliberation of multiple factors, I have made a strategic decision to QRX my scheduled NA-004 activation until late Spring or early Summer 2019.

The sub-freezing temperatures during mostly dark hours now in this 70+ Degrees North Latitude Polar Bear part of KL7 are not friendly to outside antenna repairs in the event of unforeseen problems.

And since propagation from NA-004 this month will be mostly on 40m, I also believe too many Little Pistol IOTA Chaser QSOs would not happen without availability of 20m as the primary band to all Geo-Areas.

I am not looking forward to canceling all my plane flights, but believe this temporary QRX will benefit more of those who need NA-004 when the activation is rescheduled.

This is a (QRX) postponement, and NOT a cancellation !!!


Rick - K 6 V V A * The Locust
IOTA Marathon DIAMOND Activator

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