Dog Island IOTA DXpedition NA-085
QSL INFORMATION--- K4D DOG ISLAND DXPEDITION
USA: SASE, Self Addressed Stamped Envelope is REQUIRED.
CANADA: SAE AND $1 (US) REQUIRED.
DX: SAE AND $2 (US) REQUIRED
THIS CALLSIGN IS GOOD ONLY FROM JUNE 3 2017 0000Z TO JUNE 10 2017 2359Z
DOG ISLAND, FLORIDA is a RARE "Islands On The Air" (IOTA) Island in the "St. George Islands Group", designator NA-085. It is so very rare because the full time residents of the Island can controlwho can and cannot gain access to the island. It has only been activated three times before.
There are less than 25 beach homes on the island. There are no roads, eateries, coffee shops, or even a stop sign. It can only be reached by AIR (short grass strip airfield) or by CHARTER BOAT.
I have done DXpedtions to Dog Island for the last three years and participation has always been huge! Some hours are 60+ contacts! I listen out for mobiles, bicycle mobiles, QRP, and other portable stations.
There is quite a bit of controversy as to who found Dog Island, FLORIDA. Wikipedia (which is written by the public at large and can contain errors) says it was founded by the French. This is quite the error as the Spanish sent multiple expeditions, the first by Cabeza De Vaca. De Vaca's logs put him in Apalachee and Apalachicola Bay in September of 1528, some seven years before the French were supposed to show up. De Vaca and his small armada of ships went right by Dog Island in 1528.
Dog Island's most iconic landmark, the LST at the Dog Island Yacht Club.
The beach house. If you cook carefully you can see the 40 -6 meter Off Center Fed Dipole