ALL DXers to please note that for QSLs the mailing label address to be used.
NO SASE Required. Your QSL with a minimum of two green stamps for a direct QSL be sent to USA address as in the label.
This DXpedition was not sponspored by any Organisation, Society or Club but was purely self funded by individual Ham Team !!! After successful event we do have many such claim, We thank the individuals who have sent Green Stamps along with their direct QSL which has helped us in a big way apart from printing and dispatch of QSL cards
We have received more than 475 Direct QSLs at USA and at INDIA as on 15th October 2012- We have got phillatilic valued stamps and for first time we have affixed forgery proof hologram !!! The QSL Cards FIRST BATCH of 400 is dispatched on 25th October 2012 - Kindly QSL your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org The QSL card sample copy ready to be dispatched is scannedis added on the picasa web photo album. We thank Messrs Karnataka Holotech http://www.hologramsuppliers.org for making us bring out WORLDS FIRST QSL CARD WITH HOLOGRAM !!! with their company logo which contains Map of Karnataka, Vidhana Soudha and slogon "Your Friend Against Forgery"
Photos Album of VU7M https://picasaweb.google.com/110254406059509302988/VU7M?authuser=0&feat=directlinkHomebrew Hex Beam Antenna and its colourful location http://youtu.be/5AV5ze-Azlgmore videos by team VUFF related are http://youtu.be/QG_ulW-Ev8Mhttp://youtu.be/K3P6BhKDe3ghttp://youtu.be/BihtKSm443c, http://youtu.be/qIyWj8Nryv4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AV5ze-Azlg&feature=colike
We did have great difficulty in sending replies from this remote location Since we are back in Bangalore we haveanswering all Emails, Some common answers - QSL info mentioned above is Correct, it is not a PO Box numberfor direct QSL and your QSO in VU7M Log query are answered after verification, soon the log would be made online. Already QSL cards are received in above address and even here at Bangalore. Total QSO's more than 5000 countries worked is also about 100 !!.
Special Thanks to Shri. Anoop Thakur, DANICS, Deputy Collector, Minicoy for visiting VU7M stations inspite of his health, bad weather and it was nice to have the Staff and children of Navoodaya School for visit and knowing about ham radio. The Lighthouse Staff, Tuna Canning Centre Director and Staff for their hospatility and personal support for successful operation of VU7M.We have made a score of new friends at Minicoy. The Lakshadweep Times - Minicoy issue of Sep 1, 2012 Vol 30.No.21 does contain article on VU7M - we thankInformation & Public Relations, Mahl Unit for this official publication.
The VU7M became operational from 1300 UTC of 13th Aug 2012 with a modest station setup of FT757GX, FT840, FC700, with 5 band inverted Vees 10 meters from the sea face. The power used is around 40w and till 13:30 UTC of 14th August 2012 we have made about 700 QSOs with over one hundred US Canadian stations THANKS TO THE SOLAR ACTIVITY AND EXTREME INTEREST SHOWN BY DXers.
From 19th Aug we had added ICOM IC756 Pro II, LDG AT-600Pro, Home Brew Hex Beam 5 Band, Vertical Step IR for SSB operation.
With Special Permission from Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India vide No.L-14011/639/2010 Dated 26th July 2012 callsign VU7M has been allocated to represent India in International Lighthouse and Lightship Week 2012.
Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, The Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships, DGLL, Noida vide No. 4/5/2011-D&P (Vol II) Dated 8th May 2012 & Directorate of Lighthouse and Lightships, DGL, Cochin vide Letter F No.VII/75/CHN/C/2009 Dated 30th April 2012 and Order No. F/No.3/2/12-CR Dated 16-06-2012 from Administration of Union Territory of Lakshadweep
On behalf of Amatuer (Ham) Radio feternity we thank the Government of India and Union Territory of Lakshadweep for allowing this Special Event Station to represent our Countryto be established from 13th to 22nd August 2012 by a small group of Amateur (Ham) Radio volunteers of Bangalore Amateur Radio Club - VU2ARC who would be setting up humble HF station - the team left Bangalore to reach Kochi (Cochin) by Train and from Kochi by MV Arabian Sea (Ship Callsign AUVL) and returned back by MV Lakshadweep Sea (Ship Callsign AUVM) on 23rd August.
Team members- VU2UR - Arasu, VU2LX - Laxmanan, VU2GGM - Govind Girmaji, VU2LU- Ramesh Kumar (Mrs Gowri, XYL of VU2LU), VU3VRL Ramesh and VU2JHM - Lion Ajoy
Golden Jubliee of Islands on the Air - IOTA AS-106, World Flora and Fauna WFF-VUFF103, 66th Indian Independence Day(15th August 2012), 15th Annual Lighthouse/Lightships Weekend (17th and 18th August 2012),WLOL ARLHS LAK009, World Lighthouse on the Air WLOTA N 2958 and the Ramzan Festival
Details of Minicoy Island is on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minicoy
Minicoy Lighthouse is http://dgllnoida.gov.in/cochin/minicoy%20island.html http://wlol.arlhs.com/lighthouse/LAK9.html http://wlol.arlhs.com/lighthouse/IND17.html http://lakshadweep.nic.in/ISLAND_web/MINICOY/Lighthouse.htmhttp://www.lighthousedigest.com/Digest/StoryPage.cfm?StoryKey=961&bhcd2=1220644358http://news.oneindia.in/2006/03/29/golden-jubilee-minicoy-lighthouse-takeover.html
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Lighthouse_and_Lightship_Weekend, http://illw.co.uk/ http://illw.net/
World Flora & Fauna - WFF http://www.wff44.org/
Islands on the Air - 50th Annversary Marathon http://www.rsgbiota.org/marathon/index.php
Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society - ARLHS http://www.arlhs.com
World Light House Society - WLS www.worldlighthouses.org/
World Lighthouse on the Air - WLOTA http://www.wlota.com/
The above team members have started Lighthouse Amateur Radio Operation in India in year 2008 and have successfully been operating year after year as follows http://www.qrz.com/db/AT8LHhttp://www.qrz.com/db/AT8LHC http://www.qrz.com/db/VU0LH http://www.qrz.com/db/VU9LHA and http://www.qrz.com/db/VU9LHFand http://www.qrz.com/db/VU9LHA The team also started the World Flora and Fauna events in India as http://www.qrz.com/db/AT8WFF http://www.qrz.com/db/VU0WFFand here are some unusual events http://www.qrz.com/db/AT6MM http://www.qrz.com/db/AT7LEO, http://www.qrz.com/db/AT8ESP, http://www.qrz.com/db/AT8VTM, http://www.qrz.com/db/AT7CD
The only Indian Stamp of Minicoy Lighthouse has been released already in 1985 details http://www.indianpost.com/viewstamp.php/Alpha/M/MINICOY%20LIGHT-HOUSEwe are expecting a series of four stamps on Indian Lighthouse to be released shortly by India Post
Some interesting fact of Minicoy Lighthouse http://www.maldivesroyalfamily.com/minicoy_lighthouse.shtmlhttp://www.maj.s5.com/minicoy.htm
Minicoy being just above Maldives where very few from Bangalore would have visited here is some clips available on interned which makes us see What is different http://youtu.be/JPPNXsu4YSowell this being Monsoon we go with crossed fingers http://youtu.be/th62v7LNfpEhttp://youtu.be/UVxy2_bXgg8 http://youtu.be/7D8UghCDkmchttp://youtu.be/9Ub2cAmzFNchttp://youtu.be/mq6zoO_PeYY
NOTE THIS WEBSITE WILL BE UPDATED FROM TIME TO TIME - KINDLY DO VISIT AND LOOKUP OFTEN.
This event is self sponspored apart from individual HF Equipments and Antennas, few of equipments are borrowed from Lions Clubs International Amateur (Ham) Radio Club Station VU2LCI of Bangalore North (District 317E) (Old District Number 324D1 & 324D6)
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