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Rameshwaram & Pamban Island Light House Dxpedition, 14 to 17 August 2014

The Pamban Island is the most important island of the South Indian Peninsula. This island has to the North, the Palk Bay, to the South the Gulf of Mannar. From this island, Talaimannar, is the nearest point of Sri Lanka.

From mythology, Lord Rama had entered Sri Lanka, by bridging this short distance with the help of his Monkey Brigade,fought and killed Ravana, and brought back his consort Sita. Rameswar is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas, and a very famous one, with thousands of pilgrims travelling to the island, crossing the strait by either the Historic Railway Bridge or by the Indira Sethu-Road bridge.

The island has many hotels for the pilgrims, and many temples are all round. The Rameswaram temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and first worshipped by Lord Rama, has the thousand pillared corridor, which is world famous. This is the birthplace of Ex-President of India, A.P.J. Kalaam. The southern most devastated Dhanushkodi, is a place worth visiting, but, you have to avail a slow bus, or engage a special modified Jeep to traverse the sandy bed.

The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park (VUFF-030) is a protected area of India consisting of 21 small islands (islets) and adjacent coral reefs in the Gulf of Mannar in the Indian Ocean. It lies 1 to 10 km away from the east coast of Tamil Nadu, South India for 160 km between Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) and Dhanushkodi. It is the core area of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve which includes a 10 km buffer zone around the park, including the populated coastal area. The park has a high diversity of plants and animals in its marine, intertidal and near shore habitats. Public access inside the Park is limited to glass bottom boat rides, when the breeding season of several fish, is over.

The first coastal island expdition in Tamil Nadu State Group from Rameswaram, the most famous religious temple town on Pamban Island, was humbly dedicated to the memory of the hundreds, who lost their lives in the Cyclonic storm between 17 and 24 December 1964 which devastated the Dhanushkodi Town and washed off a Passenger train. The "AT0RI" operation was licenced from 23 to 31 August 2004.
Tamil Nadu State Government encouraged the group by giving accomodation and Ramanathapuram Amateur Wireless Association had made all the Arrangements for the Demonstration on Awareness of Amateur radio in disasters and peace times.

That expedition got the IOTA registration as AS-173.

This is the second expedition after a decade to the same area. The call sign approved by the WP&C is  AT5RP. The planned expedition is from 13th to 17th of August 2014.  Two station set up will be QRV to activate BOTH the two Light Houses on this Pamban Island, as follows:

1.Pamban Island IOTA AS-173
2.Pamban Channel LH  ARLHS IND-048  GL: MJ99og
3.Rameswaram LH      ARLHS IND-058  GL: MJ99ph
4.The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park  VUFF-030

The group will be active on CW and SSB, on all the bands, when conditions are open with a favourable propagation. The likely frequencies are those used by IOTA expeditions and WWFF expeditions, with a split operation.

Operators - VU2LU, VU2GGM & VU2JHM

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