Island Activation Is Possible

UPDATE: The Noise Blankers Radio Group were unable to participate due to a tick infestation on the island and the threat of thunderstorms. We will still try to quality and activate the island at some point in the future.



Northwest Arkansas – The award-winning Noise Blankers Radio Group have announced that they hope to participate in the first-ever “One-Day Getaway” organized by the U.S. Islands Awards Program. The group might set sail for Deer Island on Beaver Lake near Rogers, Arkansas, on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

“I don’t know what to tell you, other than we have our fingers crossed that we can get it together,” said group president Gary Darnell, WBØRUR.

In 2012, the group was the very first to activate Horseshoe Island on Beaver Lake. The resulting video recap was the 2nd place winner in the ARRL Video Contest.

Plans call for the group to operate from Deer Island on or near the following frequencies:

1.800 – 2.000 MHz
3.525 – 4.000 MHz
7.000 – 7.300 MHz
14.000 – 14.350 MHz
18.068 – 18.168 MHz
21.000 – 21.450 MHz
28.000 – 29.700 MHz

It might be possible to work the group on one or more of the following modes: SSB, CW, AM, RTTY, PSK31, PSK63, MFSK16, JT9, JT65, PACTOR, PACTOR II, Clover, Hellschreiber, Olivia, Semaphore and Laser.

If able to get on the air, the group will use callsign WR5P and will QSL via LOTW. Follow the activities on Saturday via Twitter: @WR5P


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