Friday, March 9, 2012

IOTA - AS 175

A few members of Thane Amateur Radio Association (TARA) and Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) are going to activate Bet Shankhodhar Island a.k.a Bet Dwarka in the Gulf of Kutch between 16th to 23rd March 2012.

The team members would be arriving in batches with an advance party reaching the island on 15th March. Rest of the team members will arrive on a staggered basis until 17th March. The team plans to be active with 2 stations, with the possibility of a 3rd station, and will use vertical antennas. They will remain on the island until 23rd March. Preparations are on in full swing and all equipment is being packed.

This island falls under the IOTA Gujarat state west group - No.: AS-175 and has never been activated before. Bet Dwarka Island, also known as Bet Shankhodhar, is situated in the Gulf of Kutch. The island has a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Early historic settlement remains have been located on the island which may be dated back to 3rd century BC on the basis of a potsherd inscribed with 'Nandakasa' in the Mauryan Brahmi script.

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