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N5J - Jarvis Isl. (IOTA OC-081)


N5J Update (May 09)


Joe, W8GEX and Bill AJ8B have been working with Don, N1DG, to get the league to recognize Jarvis Island as a new and separate DXCC Entity. There is ample justification for it. Don has presented to the DX committee and so far the reception has been lukewarm at best. We felt that a "grass roots" approach could be effective.


We recommend to email your Director, Section Manager, ARRL Chair Rick Roderick (K5UR) and DXAC Chair (K2CS).


If you feel so compelled, please send this off right away.



N5J Update (Apr 23)


Since the Dateline DX Association announced plans for activating Jarvis Island this summer many have asked if we could arrange with IOTA and POTA program organizers to secure approval of our DXpedition.


 Jarvis is one of the rarest of the IOTA counters, having been off the air for 34 years.  It is needed by 82% of IOTA program participants. 


Because of the requirements set by the permit of the USFWS, while the stations and antennas and power are all set up on Jarvis Island, the local operators must conduct the DXpedition from the MV Magnet which will still be in the Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge just offshore.


Both the IOTA and POTA programs have agreed to recognize QSOs made by the local operators but will not allow QSOs made by internet remote operators to count. Therefore QSOs made by AA7JV, HA7RY, N1DG, KO8SCA and KN4EEI will count for the awards.   Daily uploads by the N5J team to clublog will identify the operators. Additionally at the beginning of each operator shift the team will endeavor to post on the cluster the callsign of the operator so chasers have some real time notice. At this time all phone operations are expected to be by the at Island team as well giving that mode 100% IOTA/POTA certaintly.


In addition to the five operators mentioned above, there is an experienced team of 24 operators from 8 countries operating up to 6 stations around the clock ensuring DXers around the globe have ample opportunity to add an ATNO or band fill to their DXCC totals.


This is an expensive DXpedition to one of the rarest entities that DXers will see in 2024.  Please visit our website, www.jarvisisland2024.com and make a donation to help us put this one on the air.


Don, N1DG and George AA7JV for the N5J team.



N5J Update (Apr 18)


We welcome KO8SCA, Adrian Ciuperca, to our at-island team. A well known and experienced


DXpeditioner, Adrian works as an IT consultant, a much needed component to any remote operation. He is a newly inducted member of the CQ DX Hall of Fame and a YASME award of Excellence winner. Adrian is a keen DXer with DXCC 318, 9BDXCC, IOTA, as well as being a passionate contester. He competed in WRTC 2018 in Wittenberg, Germany as well as at the 2023 edition of WRTC in Bologna, Italy.


Adrian has taken part in over 30 DXpeditions to destinations including W8S Swains Island, 3Y0J Bouvet Island, J2, Z6, OJ0, VP2V, PJ2, PJ4, A5, ZK3, V8, TX0M/TX0A, 6O, 9M0, FJ, FM, J3, J8, VK9C, VK9X, VP5, VP9, and Z2. Recently he has been a guest operator at 4U1UN and HV0A. His preferred operating mode is CW, but he is also active in SSB and digital modes. Adrian is a member of several amateur radio DX and contesting clubs, namely, NCDXF, INDEXA (board director), YCCC, FOC, CWOPS, LIDXA, Order of Boiled Owls of New York, LICWC, NYCDXA, WECA, Araucária DX Group, RRC.


This is an expensive DXpedition to one of the rarest entities that DXers will see in 2024. Please make a donation to help us put this one on the air.


George, AA7JV, and Don, N1DG, for the N5J team.



N5J Update (Apr 07)


It is 84 days to our departure for Jarvis Island from Americna Samoa. We are busy building and testing equipment. In addition to the RIB-s, a lot of our gear is built by us, specifically designed for remote operation where reliability is key.


We have finalized the station configuration. We will have six stations on the island. Four of the station are set up to be remotely operated and two will be locally operated, although we do have the flexibility to operated any station locally (from the boat) or remotely via Starlnk and the Internet.




N5J Update (Mar 22)



Call Sign Issued -- N5J -- Javis Island -- Coming in August 2024!!

by George AA7JV


We have received permisison from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to land on Jarvis Island for a 13 day DXpedition, starting around August 1, 2024 (the date may change due to WX).


We will have 6 RIB stations on the island, including a 160 meter station. While August is not idea for the low bands, we are greatful for the permit to operate. The time of the year was not our choice. 160m will be very challanging for EU (near impossible) as there is no common darkness but we will install a good RX antenna. The TX antenna will be a 45 ft tall vertical without top loading (wires can hurt birds). While this is a compromise antenna, it will be standing in salt water at most tides and should put out a decent signal. EU stations on 80m will have better chance, albeit still small.


No matter, we will put in the time and effort at both our SS and SR. You never know with TB. We will also have a 6m station with a 6 element Yagi. Updates and callsign info to follow later.




AA7JV: We have received permisison from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to land on Jarvis Island for a 13 day DXpedition, starting around August 1, 2024 (the date may change due to WX). We will have  6 RIB stations on the island, including a 160 meter station. While August is not idea for the low bands, we are greatful for the permit to operate. The time of the year was not our choice. 160 m will be very challanging for EU (near impossible) as there is no common darkness but we will install a good RX antenna. The TX antenna will be a 45 foot tall vertical without top loading (wires can hurt birds). While this is a compromise antenna, it will be standing in salt water at most tides and should put out a decent signal. EU stations on 80 m will have better chance, albeit still small. No matter, we will put in the time and effort at both at our SS and SR. You never know with TB. We will also have a 6 m station with a 6 element vertically polarized Yagi. Updates and callsign info to follow later.


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