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Press Release 5 : Mar 18 , 2011

VU4PB has now been operational for 3 days. The unusually bad weather has been challenging. Having to frequently check if your antennas have not been blown away by the storm force winds tends to slow things down!. Band conditions have not been ideal either with a lot of QRN.
However this morning the weather seems much better so the pending low band antennas will be put up. Listen for us on 80M and 160M tonight.

The Online Logs have been posted on the site for the period upto 17 Mar 0800Z.

We request operators who have confirmed QSO's in the log to not try again on the same band so as to allow others to have a shot.

A few members of the initial team leave today and we await additional operators on the 21st.

Stay tuned and do lookout for us


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Press Release 4 : Mar 15 , 2011

VU4PB is now operational but due to very bad weather with high winds and rain only two stations were installed and ran on both 20 and 40m. We hope to get a third station operational by the end of the day today and the fourth later during this week.

Low band antennas will be up and running later in the week. Murphy is keeping us good company along with the daily storms.

Please note that our Operating Frequencies have been updated to avoid interference to the JA Emergency Nets which have been notified and our Propagation Page has also been updated.

The online logs will be available by 17th March.

Stay tuned and do lookout for us


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Press Release 3 : Mar 11 , 2011

Eleven operators, from diverse parts of India, all getting together for the excitement of a DXpedition, are all set to fly out on Saturday the 12th March 2011,arriving in Port Blair around noon.

The others join us in a couple of days as they are also coming from different parts of India.

Much of the equipment was already sent by sea freight and has been received at Port Blair and waiting for unpacking and deployment to the three sites.

Some items missed the last sailing and have gone out via air freight.

It will be a busy three days before the stations go on the air.

Stay tuned and do lookout for us


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Press Release 2 : Feb 24 , 2011

Arrangements are progressing well for the expedition.

The first set of heavy equipment including antennas, power supplies, coax etc will be sailing out on Saturday the 26th February from Chennai port and reach Port Blair in three or four days time.

The rest of the equipment will be taken by the operators themselves from the 12th March onwards.

Our webpage has been updated with information, sponsorship links etc. Any donation via Pay Pal will automatically be listed on the webpage.

The list of operators, equipment are all now available on the VU4PB page

Stay tuned for more information


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Press Release 1: Feb 16, 2011

ARSI to take a DXpedition to the Andaman Islands- VU4PB - March 15th to 31st 2011

ARSI, who had taken a very successful expedition to Lakshadweep in December 2006,
are all set to go to Port Blair in the Andaman's in the second half of March 2011.

All permissions are in hand for a group of 17 operators to be active between the 15th and 31st March, with the call sign VU4PB

Four stations are planned, operating on all bands and modes, from three locations - The Sinclair Bay View Hotel, The Megapode Nest and the Megapode Camping Resort.

The first batch of eleven operators will fly out on the 12th March and be followed by the rest over the next few days
The heavy equipment will go by sea in the last week of February.

Stay tuned for more news at this link


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