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I have formed a club to help celebrate the wonderful Alaskan National Wildlife Refuges and am now using club call KL7NWR. Visit a refuge near you, but if you can't get to Alaska, talk to me on the air for the next closest thing! I hope to put you in the log. See QSL information below.
UPDATE 18 Nov 2015 AMCHITKA Island IOTA NA-070 9-11 June 2015. QSL cards are going out the door in batches. All US and 1/2 of Europe are in the mail. Remainder of Europe and some JA in the mail tomorrow. That leaves the remainder of JA and I'll be caught up. Contact me if you don't receive your card by mid December and I will make sure you get your confirmation. Don't resend a QSL, just email me. Good luck with your IOTA quests!
UPDATE 28 Oct 2015 AMCHITKA Island IOTA NA-070 9-11 June 2015. Jeff KL2HD activated this rare IOTA in the evenings after work for 1100+ lucky IOTA hunters. Check the clublog (below) to see if KL2HD worked you. Contact Jeff if you don't find yourself in the log. Sorry for the delays in sending out cards and responding to your email inquiries. I was at sea on a ship for several months and swiched to a managment job at the refuge with lots of new responsibilities and things to learn. See Attu, Kiska, and Buldir articles and nice pictures. I have had little time for my radio hobby, confirming your QSO is important to me and I appreciate your patience.
ATTU Island IOTA NA-064 3 June 2013. Over 700 contacts in just 15 hours. All QSL cards are in the mail as of 25 Sept 2013 and log has been uploaded to Logbook of the World. I broke my right hand immediately afterQRT and had a delay in responding to QSL requests while my hand healed. Thank you for your patience while I recovered. Check the clublog box below for evidence of your contact.
The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge is the most remote and far flung unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It is a place of great distances and greater dramas. Here winds whip through the grasses of rugged, wave-pounded islands; and active volcanoes simmer, venting steam above collars of fog. It is a place of contrasts, where relics of a past war slowly rust in deserted valleys, while, nearby, great forests of kelp team with life. It is, and has long been, a place of refuge, and has seen some of the most dramatic wildlife conservation stories in our nation's history.
Containing some of the first conservation-unit areas to be established in America, today's Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge includes lands that were formerly parts of ten previously established refuges comprising over 4 million acres. Because it is spread out along most of the 47,300 miles of Alaska's coastline, the sheer span of this refuge is difficult to grasp. Its more than 2,500 islands, islets, spires, rocks, reefs, waters and headlands extend from Forrester Island, to the north of Canada's Queen Charlotte Islands deep in the southeast tongue of the state, to the westernmost tip of the Aleutians (and of America!), and north to Cape Lisburne on the Arctic Ocean. Traveling between its farthest-flung points would be the equivalent of taking a trip from Georgia to California!
The refuge was established, in part, to make possible a program of national and international scientific research on marine ecosystems. Facilitated by the 120-foot ship, M/V Tiglax, refuge staff study seabird and wildlife populations to collaborate with others on marine ecosystem research.
No other National Wildlife Refuge in America is as large or as productive. Alaska Maritime's seashore lands provide nesting habitat for approximately 40 million seabirds, or about 95% of the USnesting seabird population. Long-term monitoring of seabirds can uncover trends in the ocean environment that are profoundly important to conserving marine ecosystems for wildlife and people. We wanted to tell the amateur radio community about this wonderful refuge during National Wildlife Refuge week.
QSL info: We have a wonderful Special Event Station QSL card. See photo in upper right header. For IOTA hunters, the island name and number will be printed on the card. QSLs would go out approximately in September.
US - Send a QSL card with a self addressed label for your return card which we can put on our our envelope to send to you along with a nice brochure.
International - Send QSL card with 1 current IRC or 2greenstamps and Self-addressed envelope or label.
You can watch a great movie about the Alaska Maritime NWR with this link here. It's really worth watching if you like wild places and wildlife.
73, Jeff KL2HD
Still not had enough? Check out more pictures on my KL2HD website here on QRZ.com
Bogoslof Island with large numbers of seabirds andNorthern fur seal rookeries
Common and Thick-billed murres on South Island located in the Semidi Island group off the Alaska Peninsula. Similar in many ways to penguins except they can fly, these birds nest in massive numbers on cliffs on the refuge.
Least auklets (1 of which is banded) on Kasatochi Island. Millions of least auklets nest on the refuge. They are the most abundant breeding seabird in the North Pacific.
A male Steller sealion (which can weigh over a ton) with his harem of females in the eastern Aleutian Islands
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