General information

VU4W - Andaman Islands, DXCC: Andaman and Nicobar Islands; IOTA: AS-001
May 2-16, 2022

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News and status

May 19 - Update

QSL card preview:

May 18 - Update

Yuris has safely returned home.

May 16 - Update

VU4W is now QRT.

33577 QSOs in the log. All logs are in Clublog.
Yuris is on his way to the airport.
Update 12:00Z: he is already in Delhi.

May 14 - Update

30831 QSOs in the log.

Today will be the last chance to work VU4W on 80 and 160m:

One band at a time, bands will be changed periodically.

So far signals there were not loud, but readable

Tomorrow will take down the antennas and pack. Day after tomorrow - flight home.

The weather has improved - sunny again.

May 12 - Update

25881 QSOs in the log.

Weather has changed again - no more sun. Locals say that monsoon period has started. I will pay more attention to lower bands next days. Propagation is not favorable for SSB.

May 11 - Update

23462 QSOs in the log.

Not much news. Propagation got worse - all bands sound quite empty until local noon.

May 10 - Update

20906 QSOs in the log.

Yesterday made first 500+ SSB QSOs. Will be in SSB in the coming days too. Also 100 FT8 topband QSOs were made.
It's sunny outside today. Hopefully propagation will get better as well.

May 9 - Update

17824 QSOs in the log.

Yuris reports that propagation has changed during the last days. Upper bands are not open 24 hours a day anymore, and lower bands got more noisy.

Tonight he will attempt to make some QSOs on 160m band.

May 8 - Update

Pirate operation on 17m FT8 observed:

Both - real VU4W and pirate - operate on the same dial frequency, just different periods and different audio frequencies. The real VU4W is transmitting in First/Even period (00/30 seconds).

UPDATE: A day later based on who are in the log, we can see that the real VU4W was transmitting in odd periods (15/45)

If you are not in the log - work again the real one.

14767 QSOs in the log.

Tonight Yuris will give targeted call for North America (NA) on 80m. Asia and Europe - please wait and don't call during that time.
Yesterday power outages continued (like 20 of them).

May 7 - Update

12265 QSOs in the log.

It kept raining all day and night. Antenna SWR changed and I am receiving lower signal reports (FT8 -10..-20), so switched to single stream transmission in FT8.
I often start operation on the common FT8 frequencies, then I am transmitting the new DX FT8 frequency to be used and go there, but callers are not following me.

I hope the weather and propagation will improve.

Answer to numerous emails on 2 common topics:

May 6 - Update

9700 QSOs in the log.

It rains all the time. Today received forecast for heavy winds and rain. Probably will have to lower the Spiderbeam.

Yesterday made first 80 and 40m QSOs. Had a sked on 160m, but no success - very high local noise level.
Have lots of power outages, that explains my sudden disappearance from the bands.

Will pay more attention to low-bands in a coming days. SSB operation will not happen yet.

May 5 - Update

6580 QSOs in the log.

May 4 - Update

First 2427 QSOs uploaded to Clublog and few more photos added.

Today Yuris will finish low-band antenna and try to work on lower bands.

One K3 transceiver was dropped while on airplane and its display is damaged, so now frequency on it can be set only from computer using CAT connection.
Power outages happen quite frequently, and it takes time to start generators.

Please don't send emails with requests to verify QSOs in log, he has no time for that.

May 3 - Update

First photos added

May 2 - Update

First QSOs were made (a day earlier than planned).

April 30 - Update

Yuris/YL2GM is in Delhi/India. Very hot outside (+42..44 C). Tomorrow evening he will fly to the Andaman Islands.

April 28 - The trip starts

Yuris/YL2GM has started the trip with 81 kg of luggage

Initial news

Yuris/YL2GM with local support from Manoj/VU2CPL and Deepak/VU2CDP plan to be on the air from Andaman Islands, VU4W from May 3 to 16, 2022.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are #48 in Clublog DXCC most wanted list as of April 2022.

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