KL7/KJ4OAP KL7/W2NAF KL7/K8GU Adak Island
KJ4OAP , W2NAF , K8GU will be active from Adak Island (IOTA NA-039) 23 August - 12 September 2012 KL7/KJ4OAP , KL7/W2NAF , KL7/K8GU
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I was stationed at NAS ADAK 1964-65, fantastic fishing in Three Nurses Creek where it empties into Lake Andrews. Big Dolly Vardens!!! What frequencies and times for best chance of contact?
Mike, we've heard from lots of guys who were stationed here! Not much left of many of the places you remember. If you want to work us, we're mostly on 20 meters between 0400 and 0700 UT, which should give you a good chance. You can work KL7/K8GU on CW a few kHz from the bottom of the band. KL7/KJ4OAP and KL7/W2NAF have been working PSK31 on 14070 kHz, of course, and some phone. I'm trying to get on earlier in the day for the East Coast U.S., but haven't found something that works with my schedule and propagation yet. There's a high probability that I'll be on phone at some point.
Well I'm sure the Mountain is still there, but what else? I was at the Aircraft Maintenance Division Hanger. I heard that the whole Island was transfered back to the First Nation People as it should have been all along. Hopefully they got some benefit from all this. There was a healthy caribou herd on the Island due to some stocking in the early 1960s. I hiked all over the island when the weather permitted, and stayed in various quonset hut complexs left by the ARMY when they pulled off in 1946. Lots of K rations and coal for heat in huts. Very stark but beautiful place.
I'm mainly available via phone as my hearing is so lousy that dots and dashes runtogether. Looking at a code reader to help as I think CW is still the best option for punching through noise and distance.
Propagation up there can be strange, one morning I was preflighting a plane doing radio HF checks to the tower. Recieved a reply from Navy Tower and I gave our A/C number and the tower asked my location I told them flight line at NAS ADAK and got a burst of static and the Tower responded that they were at NAF Key West. Our tower 800 yards away never heard me or the NAF tower.
There also was a "WHITE ALICE" a VHF forward troposheric scatter facility on the ridge west of MT Andrews.
Used to be the only way on and off the Island was via REEVES Aleutian Airlines. Bob Reeves was quite an individual, he lost a daughter on the next volcano to the SE, can't remember the name.
What is the purpose of your visit if I may ask?