N8I CXpedition to Isle Royale National Park

Operation information...


When to find us...

Dates, times and other information...

  • Start: August 9, 2013 at 0000 UTC (2000 EDT, 1900 CDT, 1800 MDT, 1700 PDT)
  • End: August 11, 2013 at 2400 UTC (2000 EDT, 1900 CDT, 1800 MDT, 1700 PDT)
  • We plan to run 48 hours straight! The exception being weather related or some other unforeseen event such as a moose attack... Don't laugh! With all those antenna and guy wires up, a bull moose strolling through camp would be disasterous...
  • Due to the low impact nature of our visit, we have been asked to keep the exact location of our operations on Isle Royale under cover. Please don't ask, because we cannot disclose our exact location!
  • One of the boats will be running APRS! So look for N8I-9 on our trip out/back! When near Isle Royale, we will have to pull the plug...



Frequencies...

Where we will be on the bands...

  • Due to the low impact nature of our visit, we have been asked to keep the exact location of our operations on Isle Royale under cover. Please don't ask, because we cannot disclose our exact location!
  • We would very much appreciate putting us on the DX Cluster after a valid contact!
  • Bands will be bands. Sunspots will be sunspots. We cannot predict when and where we will be on the bands. Scan around, and also watch the DX Cluster.
  • Since we will be activating Isle Royale under the auspices of the U.S. Islands Awards Program, we plan to follow their frequency protocol whenever possible.
  • SSB Possible Bands and Frequencies, +/- QRM:
    • 10m: 28.450 MHz USB
    • 15m: 21.350 MHz USB
    • 20m: 14.250 -> 14.260 MHz USB
    • 40m: 7.250 MHz LSB
    • 80m: 3.850 or 3.950 MHz LSB
    • 160m: No planned operation here. But if we get bored... Watch the DX Cluster!
  • CW Possible Bands and Frequencies, +/- QRM:
    • There is no CW band plan for the U.S. Islands Awards Program. But we will have two excellent "well seasoned" operators working CW. Scan the bands and watch the DX Cluster!
  • PSK31 Possible Bands and Frequencies, +/- QRM:
    • 10m: 28.120 MHz USB
    • 15m: 21.070 MHz USB
    • 20m: 14.070 MHz USB
    • 40m: 7.070 or 7.040 MHz USB
    • 80m: 3.580 MHz USB
  • RTTY Possible Bands and Frequencies, +/- QRM:
    • 10m: 28.070 -> 28.150 MHz USB
    • 15m: 21.070 -> 21.100 MHz USB
    • 20m: 14.070 -> 14.099 MHz USB
    • 40m: 7.080 -> 7.100 MHz USB
    • 80m: 3.605 -> 3.645 MHz USB
  • VHF SSB/CW Possible Frequencies, +/- QRM:
    • Minnesota Section for Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Lake County RACES/ARES are supporting us on the venture. So not only is this a test of our ability to set up and operate in a remote wilderness, but also to test communications methods not related to the U.S. Islands Awards Program... We will be attempting to contact other ARES stations on the mainland, including some hams we know in Thunder Bay Ontario.
    • 2m: 144.195 -> 144.205 MHz
    • 2m: 144.390 -> 144.400 MHz
    • 6m: 50.100 -> 50.300 MHz



Activations...

Credits can you get by contacting us...

  • Due to the low impact nature of our visit, we have been asked to keep the exact location of our operations on Isle Royale under cover. Please don't ask, because we cannot disclose our exact location!
  • Because Isle Royale is land-locked and not on oceanic coastal waters, it does not qualify for IOTA. But instead we will be activating Isle Royale under the auspices of U.S. Islands Awards Program. The "U.S. Islands Awards Program" lists Isle Royale in Michigan as MI001L.
  • Time and weather permitting, we may initiate a secondary activation by lighting up the Menagerie Island Lighthouse! Also known as Isle Royale Lighthouse, this old beauty is known as ARLHS USA-407.



Operating Conditions...

Weather and other obstacles...

  • Due to the low impact nature of our visit, we have been asked to keep the exact location of our operations on Isle Royale under cover. Please don't ask, because we cannot disclose our exact location!
  • We will be in a remote wilderness area. No cell phones, no internet... just us, moose and wolves! So... no updates while we are on Isle Royale!
  • Weather on Isle Royale will be a huge factor in our operations. We will need to navigate over 20 miles of open water to our destination. Wind alone may cause a delay in our departure or return. Our goal is to be on the water by noon on August 8. If weather is bad, we will delay departure by one day... but may be late getting on the air.
  • Weather Radar from the Marquette MI National Weather Service!
  • Weather Underground Radar for Isle Royale!
  • Weather Radar from Thunder Bay Ontario, Environment Canada!
  • 7 Day Forecast from the Marquette MI National Weather Service!



Station Information...

Information about each of the N8I stations...

  • HF SSB: KCMKS
    • Kenwood TS-480HX 160m-6m (200W)
    • MFJ-969 Tuner
    • I.C.E. Band Pass Filters
    • Heil Pro-Set Quiet Phone 5
    • OCFD (Off Center Fed Dipole, Windom type)
    • Homebrew NVIS
    • Astron RM-60M Power Supply (RS-35M as backup)
    • HP Laptop with N1MM logging software
    • Honda 3000i Generator and lots of extention cords!
  • HF CW: AAAW
    • Icom IC-746 Pro 160m-2m (100W)
    • MFJ-962C Tuner
    • Dunestar band pass filters
    • Comet CHA250b 80m-2m
    • Homebrew NVIS
    • Honda 2000i Generator
    • Accesories: power cords, coaxes, computer with N1MM
  • HF Digital (PSK31/RTTY): WNWO
    • Icom IC-746 Pro 160m-2m (100W)
    • ? Tuner
    • Comet CHA250b 80m-2m
    • Homebrew NVIS
    • Honda 2000i Generator
    • Accesories: power cords, coaxes, computer with N1MM
  • VHF SSB/CW: NVRM
    • Yaesu FT-897d
    • LDG-AT 897 Auto Tuner
    • 4 Element Yagi for 2m
    • 3 Element Yagi for 6m
    • Honda 2000i Generator
    • Accesories: power cords, coaxes, computer with N1MM
  • Contingency:
    • Icom IC-7000 (KCZZL)
    • Spare Laptop (KDCVO)



QSL Information...

Instructions for getting an eQSL or QSL card...

  • Standard eQSL: Please visit the eQSL web site for more information!
  • U.S. Islands eQSL: Our preferred method for you to receive U.S. Islands Awards Program contact credit is via the USi eQSL! You will receive an email back with contact information and an electronic QSL Card attached.
  • USPS QSL Card: To receive a standard sized QSL Card from the N8I CXpedition:
    • Please send a SASE (Self Addressed, Stamped Envelope) to:

      N8I CXpedition
      c/o: Doug Nelson AA0AW
      1411 101st Ave W
      Duluth, MN 55808
      USA

    • QSL Card requests without a SASE will be ignored! Honestly, we have put a lot of time, effort and money into this CXpedition. This is all that we will ask of you. Just help us out a little bit!...