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AT5KLH Kachchhigadh Light House Activation from Shivrajpur (Gujarat) INDIA

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VU2EXP, Aug 14, 2023.

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  1. VU2EXP

    VU2EXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Special Event Station - International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend Celebration - 2023.

    AT5KLH - Kachchhigadh Light House

    Kachchhigadh Lighthouse  Activation AT5KLH Rajesh Vagadia Shivrajpur Beach Gujarat.jpg

    ILLW # IN0028
    ARLHS WLOL # IND 142

    Date: 18 to 21 August 2023

    To celebrate International Light House & Lightship Weekend 2023, beautiful Kachchhigadh Light House located at world-class Shivrajpur Beach (Blue Flag awarded beach of Gujarat state) is going to be activated by active Ham Radio Operator Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP and his team (VU3EXP Sakshi Vagadia, VU3WHO Snehal Vagadia, VU3GLY Priyesh Vagadia). Kachchhigadh Lighthouse is just few miles away from famous Shree Dwarkadhish Temple at ancient city Dwarka, where Dwarkadhish Temple is the main attraction dedicated to Lord Krishna. Pilgrims visit the temple to seek blessings and witness the region’s rich religious and cultural heritage.

    We received official permissions to operate Ham Radio Station from Kachchhigadh Light House authorities DLL/DGLL. We also got Special Callsign AT5KLH for our Lighthouse activity from Ministry of Communication, DoT, WPC Wing, New Delhi. We are thankful to both the authorities to support & encourage for our activity.

    All the logs will be uploaded to LOTW & eQSL (Will take few week after event).

    Direct QSL via VU2EXP only - (Pse send appropriate postage for Direct QSL).

    Shivrajpur Kachchhhigadh Light house activation AT5KLH Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP.jpg
    Shivrajpur Beach is world class Blue Flag certified beach from Gujarat, Activating Khachhigadh Lighthouse at this beautiful beach will be added attraction. Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP active Ham Radio operator and his team will be operating Ham Radio with special callsign AT5KLH from Khachhigadh Lighthouse near Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gujarat India.

    sunset at Shivrajpur Beach AT5KLH Kachchhigadh Light House Activation.jpg

    Beautiful Sunset view at Shivrajpur Beach! Can we find any better place in nature? Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP and his team will be spending 4 days for Ham Radio operation at this beautiful Khachhigadh (Shivrajpur) Light House.

    Kachhigadh Light House Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP AT5KLH at Shivrajpur Beach.jpg
    AT5KLH Kachchhigadh Light House at Famous Shivrajpur Beach Near Dwarka will be activated by Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP, Sakshi Vagadia VU3EXP, Snehal Vagadia VU3WHO & Priyesh Vagadia VU3GLY

    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP remain FM Satellite chaser, from Kachchhigadh Light House he will be QRV on active FM Birds as his schedule permits.

    This will be 2nd Light House of Gujarat state which will be activated after Veraval Light House (AT3VLH) activated by Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP & Sakshi Vagadia VU3EXP (father & daughter).

    Our Motive for AT5KLH Lighthouse Activation is to;

    • Spread awareness of Khachhigadh Lighthouse amongst students & public
    • Highlight the World class Shivrajpur Beach which is only Blue Flag awarded beach from Gujarat State
    • Aware about Lighthouse functioning
    • Highlight its importance in Maritime traffic
    • Understand it's Heritage value
    • Show our gratitude to the Lighthouse keepers & administration
    • To give exposure of Amateur Radio to young generation
    • Enjoy Ham Radio Activity at the coast of Light House!
    Operation Dates: 18th to 21st August, 2023

    Grid Locator: ML42LH

    HF Operating Bands: 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m

    VHF Band: 145.500 MHz simplex

    Modes: FM, SSB, Digital & Satellite

    Radio: Icom IC-718, Icom IC-705, Kenwood TM-281A, Pair of HTs

    Antenna: Fan Dipole for 40m, 20m, 15m

    EFHW Antenna 40m - 10m

    Satellite antenna: Arrow-II, Dual Band Yagi, IOio Antenna

    More details will be published at

    Look for AT5KLH

    Thank you

    Rajesh P. Vagadia - VU2EXP
    Rajkot - Gujarat - India
    E: vu2exp [ at ] gmail (dot) com

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  2. VK2JI

    VK2JI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good luck to the team Rajesh - I hope you get many contacts and many visitors.

    Ed DD5LP (Lindau Westmole DE0138 & Mangturm DE0140 lighthouses).
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  3. VU2EXP

    VU2EXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you VK2JI/DD5LP for your kind wishes for our activation. I also wish you a very successful light house activation of DE0138 & DE0140.
    Btw I appreciate for your concept to send unique qsl card for each recipient, very interesting!
    Thank you once again.
    Rajesh Vagadia
    for AT5KLH
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  4. JF1IRQ

    JF1IRQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I wish you success.
    I would like to communicate with you from Japan.
    73 JF1IRQ
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  5. AI4RA

    AI4RA XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I wish you successful DX, Rajesh! I'd like to contact you from the USA, but it is still difficult to reach India even with the sunspot cycle ramping upwards. I will watch for AT5KLH on FT8.
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  6. KA5KRV

    KA5KRV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I will look for your stations during these events. I do not see VU stations on DX spotting sites very often. Can you operate in our General portion of the 20 meter band (14.225-14.350)?
  7. VU2EXP

    VU2EXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Now our station QRV on Digital, you may try/look on 20/15m for AT5KLH
    Enjoying the wonderful location of lighthouse & ham radio!
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  8. VU2EXP

    VU2EXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Rafiq AI4RA
    Wish we had QSO at least on weak signal digital modes. though bit difficult to establish fb qso with moderate RF power and simple IOio homebrewed antenna, but miracle happens. will keep trying.
    thank you once again.
    Rajesh Vagadia
    for AT5KLH
  9. KC1RVK

    KC1RVK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Best of luck in your activation.
  10. K9EZ

    K9EZ Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Good luck Rajesh! It is great seeing so much new activity coming from the great State of India!

    Kent K9EZ

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  11. VK6TEK

    VK6TEK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I spoke with one of your colleagues in India who advised us of your activation but we couldn't hear you on the air at the time. We activated the Lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia, VK6CLL. Hope you had a good weekend anyway. Regards, VK6TEK, Phil.
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  12. VU2EXP

    VU2EXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you Adam for your kind wishes. We finished our Light House activation successfully at beautiful location near Shivrajpur beach. Was great experience. Soon we will update & post more details with pictures in profile page of AT5KLH.

    Thank you
    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
    Rajkot Gujarat India
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  13. VU2EXP

    VU2EXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you so much Kent K9EZ
    for all your encouraging comment. We are really eager to learn & enjoy different activities with ham radio and light house is no exception.

    As per ILLW.NET data this year 39 countries activated around 318 different light house!

    From India there were two activation
    (1) AT5KLH from Shivrajpur - Gujarat
    (2) AT2LH from Fort Aguada at Goa

    Please note from my state Gujarat I have started activating lighthouse from last year with AT3VLH, but from our country India it has been activating since 2008, first light house from India AT8LH was activated at Mahabalipuram by our good friend VU2JHM OM Ajoy.

    Wish to enjoy many more ham activity from the region.

    Thank you

    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
    Rajkot Gujarat
  14. VU2EXP

    VU2EXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you Phil VK6TEK for your kind wishes and attempt to connect us via lighthouse radio. Sorry that we could not get connected there with AT5KLH. we we're QRV on Digital, Satellite and SSB Modes. But were facing two challenges frequent power cut and unavailability of mobile network. I was giving priority to fm Satellites during activation, attempted more than dozen passes of various birds and successfully did handful of contacts including one DX sked qso. Though I was having small battery backup to work digital but not enough to push 100W from my primary rig. due to this situation SSB operation was compromised and missed many contacts.

    BTW I learned about your wonderful activation VK6CLL, great things to learn from you all.

    I really liked the nature of light house activation celebrating under ILLW.NET Program, we are not stressed for chasing big scores or submitting time bound logs. Simple enjoying ham radio at peaceful location, highlighting important & heritage value of light house, creating awareness of ham radio via such activation attract us to join & continue lighthouse activation.

    Hope you had great time at LH. I will update more details very soon on AT5KLH profile page at

    Thank you
    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
    Rajkot Gujarat India
  15. VK6TEK

    VK6TEK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks Rajesh. We hope to hear you on the Bands next year, when we do it all again. 73's and good DX.
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