Arakamchechen Island





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According to Alexander RA3AV, work from the island of Arakamchechen (IOTA AS-071) is completed. Members of the expedition are in Provideniya town and waiting for a flight to Anadyr where on April 21 they plan to return to Moscow.

According to the R71RRC team members, the expedition arrived on the island of Arakamchechen (AS-071). The target point of the route has not yet been reached due to the breakdown of the Heavy tracked all-terrain vehicle (GTT): "did not reach several kilometers". The territory does not allow to deploy fully. Currently, work is being done by one transmitter directly from an vehicle. Movement to the target place is planned to resume after repair of the tractor, within two days.

On April 2nd evening from Moscow to Anadyr will be flying Victor, UA3AKO and Alexander, RA3AV. The flight duration is more then 8 hours. Arriving to Anadyr is on afternoon local time. On April 4th the complete R17RRC team, i.e. Victor UA3AKO, Alexander, RA3AV and local HAM Yuri, UA0KBG will be flying to the Provideniya village. The flight duration is about two hours. Real time team location can we watched on the expedition WEB site

The R71RRC team arrived to the Provideniya village. The Heavy tracked all-terrain vehicle and supported snowmobile are ready to go. Gasoline generators (main and redundant) were checked. Tomorrow will be purchasing food and fuel.  Scheduled departure towards Island is on April 6th early morning local time.

The major task of the R17RRC expedition is to operate from the Arakamchechen Island. In case if we will face troubles to get to the Arakamchechen Island because of bad ice, weather conditions, we're preparing for the plan "B - to activate Kynkay Island. This island is not included to the AS-071 islands group. But we have received message from Roger, G3KMA saying that this island matches the RGGB IOTA program requirements. And in case if the R17RRC will activate this island it will be added to the AS-071 group shortly.  TNX UA9OBA.
We have received authorities permission to operate from this island. Also we have authorization from the Russian Board control Service of the Chukotka. We did sent request to the administration of the Beringiya NAtional PArk in order to obtain permission to be present on this island.
The Kynkay island located much closer to the Provideniya village and logistics to get there is easier.
But we repeat that our task is to get the North East part of the Arakamchechen Island. This part of Island is flatter and all directions are open.
Departure from Moscow to Anadyr in on April 2nd evening Moscow time. Departure from Anadyr to Provideniya village is on April 4th.
Upon arriving to the Provideniya village one or two team members will try to visit the Arakamchechen Island in order to choose the site location.
Before departure to the island we plane to check equipment and antennas. So there is possibility to be on the air from the Provideniya village using our own call signs.