Tillamook Rock, NA-211
Bringing a Rare One on the Air!
20 August 2019
Camping equipment has been purchased, as well as three Yamaha generators. The mast for the Urban Beam consists of small sections, which will be easy to handle and transport. All components need to be properly packed and weighted prior to heli transportation. Over the coming days we will be working on putting together the propagation forecast for different regions of the world. The information collected for different bands will be subsequently integrated into a table, and each of the station positions will have it printed. The operators will be able to make notes on them regarding the differences between the actual and forecasted conditions, which will be used throughout the operation.
The team wishes to thank the 155 chasers who have already supported this project. A special thank you to Shu, JN6RZM, who took it upon himself to energize the JA island chasers, 52 of whom offered donations to date. Also, big thanks to Tom, SM3DMP, who energized the SM island chasers, a total of 14 currently on the of donor list. Meanwhile, we hope that more chasers will continue to jump in and support our effort.
16 August 2019 - Important News!
To guarantee the heli transportation as scheduled, the team had to pay the full quotation in advance, or $14k. Note that 50% of this amount is non-refundable in case we cancel the trip!
On a different topic, we decided to take with us on this trip an Urban Beam, and we wish to thank SteppIR for providing us with one on short notice. This is a two element beam down to 20 m, operating as a rotatable dipole on 30 and 40 m.
It has a turning radius of just under 5 m. It won't be easy to find room to install it on the island, but we are committed to do it. The beam, its controller and the mast weight at least 60 kg, which will increase even more an already heavy load. As such, we are currently re-evaluating every radio component, camping item, and food in order to keep the overall weight within the transportation limit.
We are very far from our intended support target, so please support this project if you haven't already done so. We really do need all the support that IOTA chasers and DXers are willing and able to offer!
11 August 2019
A special Thank You note to the following stations, for their support of this project, despite the fact that they already have the NA-211 reference confirmed: EA8AKN, JF4VZT, KA3UNQ, KD1CT, N6VR, ON4IZ, SM5FWW, SM5LNE, VE3JV, and W1NG!
10 August 2019
The team continues to work toward ensuring that all necessary logistics are in place. We are pleased to acknowledge the grants received from RSGB, Clipperton DX Club, and DX News, along with individual support offered by almost 90 chasers from 21 DXCC, for which we are most grateful.
Meanwhile, we would like to convey to all chasers, once again, that we are looking very badly for their support. Please help us defray some of the huge costs associated with this project by considering a donation! Thanks in advance for your consideration.
4 August 2019
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse counts for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS) as USA-849. Our QSL card will include this reference.
2 August 2019
The Tillamook Rock is located 1.2 miles outside Ecola State Park, between Seaside and Cannon Beach, Oregon. Building a lighthouse on it was an engineering feat, and it remained operational between 1881 and 1957. Situated on a lonely one acre rock in an stormy area known as the Graveyard of the Pacific, this lighthouse nicknamed Terribly Tilly was the most expensive one to man, maintain, and operate in the United States.
Sitting 133 feet above sea level, the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is 62 feet tall. It is the only privately owned Oregon Coast Lighthouse on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a non-visiting dedicated cemetery since 1981, with a protected wildlife nesting easement from March 15th to September 1st. Tillamook Rock belongs to the NA-211 IOTA reference. Lanny (W5BOS) carried out the first and only amateur radio operation from there in 1998, or 21 years ago.
Our team will attempt to operate from Tillamook Rock between Sep 6 and 9, 2019. The owners graciously allowed us to carry out this activity, and we are firmly committed, in exchange, to help them conduct repairs during this period of time. Transportation to the island will be provided by helicopter service, and it will require a recce flight, followed by several flights to bring all people and materials there, and then several more to being everyone and everything back. Additional costs associated with this project, including airfare, land transportation, hotel accommodation, rental of generators, food, camping gear, etc., bring the total project cost to $20,000.
This is a very expensive and challenging project, and we are actively looking for possible support from IOTA chasers and DXers at large. All donors will be promptly acknowledged on this website!
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