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Kaskaskia Island, Illinois IL005R Activation and Eclipse 2017 Operation


Aug 19-21, 2017


Tom, KDØIEL and Jody, NR9A will be operating portable from Kaskaskia Island, Illinois starting Saturday, Aug 19 2017 and continuing through the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug 21, 2017.  Kaskaskia Island is in the direct path of totality for the eclipse.  We hope to be in continuous operation, depending on additional operators, however we plan to go QRT during the actual eclipse (From about 1630 UTC - 2000 UTC) in order to observe/video/photograph/enjoy this event with family and friends.

If you are a licensed ham and would like to witness this total solar eclipse from "ground zero", we would be more than happy to have you operate with us.  We especially need a good CW operator.



Eclipse Information for K9I Location


QSL Info:  Please send SASE to:

Jody Odem (NR9A)

351 5th St.

St. Mary, MO  63673-9103

* QSL cards will be printed after the operation, so it may take several weeks to receive your card.

The Moment of Totality!!







                            Tom Knocking em out on 40!                                      Jody, lonely on 20!


Ken-KEØYY and Tom-KDØIEL waiting out the storm!








      Kaskaskia Information

From Wikipedia.com

Kaskaskia is a historically important village in Randolph County, Illinois, United States. In the 2010 census the population was 14, making it the second-smallest incorporated community in the State of Illinois in terms of population, behind Valley City (pop. 13).[3] As a major French colonial town of the Illinois Country, in the 18th century its peak population was about 7,000, when it was a regional center. During the American Revolutionary War, the town, which by then had become an administrative center for the British Province of Quebec, was taken by the Virginia militia during the Illinois campaign. It was designated as the county seat of Illinois County, Virginia, after which it became part of the Northwest Territory in 1787. Kaskaskia was later named as the capital of the United States' Illinois Territory, created on February 3, 1809. In 1818, when Illinois became the 21st U.S. state, the town briefly served as the state's first capital until 1819, when the capital was moved to Vandalia.

Most of the town was destroyed in April 1881 by flooding, as the Mississippi River shifted eastward to a new channel, taking over the lower 10 mi (16 km) of the Kaskaskia River. This resulted from deforestation of the river banks during the 19th century, due to crews taking wood for fuel to feed the steamboat and railroad traffic. The river now passes east rather than west of the town. The state boundary line, however, remained in its original location. Accordingly, if the Mississippi River is considered to be a break in physical continuity, Kaskaskia is an exclave of Illinois, lying west of the Mississippi and accessible only from Missouri. A small bridge crosses the old riverbed, now a creek that is sometimes filled with water during flood season. Kaskaskia has an Illinois telephone area code (618) and a Missouri ZIP Code (63673). Its roads are maintained by Illinois Dept. of Transportation, and its few residents vote in the Illinois elections. The town was evacuated in the Great Flood of 1993, which covered it with water more than nine feet deep.


Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial

From Wikipedia.com

The Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial is a 1948 brick building in Kaskaskia, Illinois that houses a bell cast in 1741 by King Louis XV of France as a gift to the Mission of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Kaskaskia. Known as the "Liberty Bell of the West", the bell was rung by villagers to celebrate their July 4, 1778 liberation from the British by forces of American Colonel George Rogers Clark. The Memorial also contains murals depicting Colonial scenes of Kaskaskia.

The Memorial is maintained by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency as a state historic site.







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