Sunday, April 6, 2014



special TNX for W2FB as Editor

After our DXpeditions to Sebatik OC295, Kimaam OC275, and Kisar OC272 received warm reception, I started making plan for the next new IOTA activation. I came across Gorom Island aka Goran, but there was scarcity of information on the island because of its isolated geography. After an extensive online research, we were able to locate a contact person who lives on the island. He visited YF1AR at the end of December 2013.

Based on preliminary information, YF1AR corresponded with Roger G3KMA in early January2014, regarding his plan to activate OC273. Budi YF1AR also asked Steve, W2FB to be the chief fundraiser for this activity. Budi contacted and invited Taufan YB0AI, and Lucky YD9RQX to join this effort. The dates were set January 25-31, with the possibility of an extension till February 2nd if possible. Budi YF1AR secured his boat ticket from Ambon to Geser Island.

On the eve of January 24th, YF1AR and YB0AI left Jakarta International Airport and arrived in Ambon on Saturday January 25 at 6 am local time after a brief stopover in Makasar. YD9RQX was not able to join due to his prior commitment. The team rested and had breakfast at the airport while waiting to board the ship at Jos Sudarso Port for Pulau Geser. The boat was scheduled to leave at 12 noon from Ambon and arrive Geser at 8 am the next day. During the 18 hour sea trip both Budi and Taufan experienced severe seasickness due to the rough seas with high waves on Banda Sea. After arrival in Geser, they secured a chartered speedboat to take them to Goram. It took two hours and it was a pleasant trip, with calm sea and beautiful scenery.

Upon arrival in Goram Island, the team met Mr. Safrudin, the local contact person. After introduction and getting to know each, the team went to work to scout for location. They decided onthe northern part of the island, right on the beach immediately between Namalean and SIkaru. With the help of the locals, the team was provided with the necessary logistics (tents, generator, and food). Without wasting time, the team assembled HB9CV antenna for 10-20M and 43ft vertical for 40m band. YB0AI assembled 2 elements Yagi for 12-17M and GP vertical. The team used  FT450D and Ft950 rigs.

The first station in the log was YC2BYC Agus at 0925 UTC on 20M band. It was truly an honor for the
team when Roger G3KMA made it in the log at 1349 UTC on 20m with YF1AR/8 and later on 15 M with YB0AI/8. Many of the curious local residents visited the team who conducted radio activities right there in the open air tent. We even slept under the stars which is something very unusual for the locals. We explained to them that we needed to be right at the beach to facilitate our transmitted signals; they understood. We succumbed to physical exhaustion and went QRT at 2 am local time and rested. Electricity was available only between 1800-0600 local time, so we utilized a generator between 0006-1000  and 1400-1800 local time. During the afternoon hours we took naps.

On the eve of the January 27, the weather turned very ugly, overcast all day and in the evening a torrential downpour and strong wind ruined our tent and our HB9CV antenna collapsed. We went QRT around 0100 local time. The next morning, we fired off on 15M working JA and NA. In the afternoon we built a larger and sturdier tent to withstand the wind and rain. We relied mostly on the 43ft vertical antenna. YB0AI still had his Yagi and vertical for 40-10M including WARC bands. It was another overcast day and we did not make too many QSO on January 28th. We stayed up all night and into the wee hours and had a great opening on 40M with big pileups.

On January 29th, we visited Port Ondor to check the boat schedule for our return trip which was dependent on the weather. We had no choice but to take the wooden vessel scheduled to leave that Friday morning January 31st to take us back to Ambon. Our initial plan to stay and operate until February
2nd was dashed due to lack of transportation. On January 30th we withstood the bad weather and strong
wind and ended our operation at 1556 UTC with a QSO on 40m OM3DX. We packed up our radio and antennas in the darkness of the night and were ready by 0500 local time.

We left for Port Ondor at 0600 local time using motorcycles. No cars on the island. The wooden vessel was scheduled to depart at 0800 for Bula in Seram Island via Geser Island during the day. At 1900 we arrived in Seram. We had dinner and hired a car to take us back to Ambon. We arrived at 0800 in Ambon and by 1000 we boarded our plane back to Jakarta. The plane landed at 1400 local time safely. In total we made 2500 QSOs from 5 continents. Compared to my prior IOTAs, this one is the most grueling and challenging, almost 2 full days to make it there and 2 days to return. For 4 days during our stay in Goram, we experienced overcast weather during the day and bad storms at night right at the beach where we had our tents and operating site. It was all worth it though. Thank you for your call and donation.

See you in the next pileup. Budi Santoso, YF1AR

special TNX for W2FB as Editor


OC-177 Payung Besar Island, Seribu Islands

ARLHS IDO-236 Payung Besar LightHouse
IOTA OC-177 Payung Besar Island
April 18-20, 2014
LAT: 05° 48' S LON: 106° 32' E Gridsquare OI34ge
Antenna Vertical 43ft put on top of Lighthouse, 40m asl, dedicated QRV 40m band

Pulau Payung Besar LightHouse ARLHS IDO-236

Pulau Payung Besar (Big Umbrella Island) (2)

Date unknown (station established 1890). Active; focal plane 32 m (105 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 30 m (98 ft) square skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. A 2012 photo and a secondphoto are available, and Google has a good satellite view. The original lighthouse was similar but not identical to the present light. Located on a small island about 32 km (20 mi) east of Pulau Tunda and 90 km (55 mi) northwest of Jakarta. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS IDO-236; Admiralty K1058; NGA 23364.

Pulau Payung Besar OC -177 Thousand Island

Umbrella Island , one of a group of islands located in the thousand islands turned out to be the main destination for tourists visiting the island tidung . The reason , in addition to having vegetation beaches with soft sand and underwater scenery is good for sorkelling . The island has an area of ​​about 20 acres also has some fairly prominent object .

One of the object it is this lighthouse as a guide both ships after Island Lighthouse Jakarta Pause to enter the waters of the Sunda Strait . Umbrella of the island is 32 miles east of the island Snooze and 90 km from Jakarta . Big Umbrella lighthouse island accessible only by sea .

Until now , the tower with the white iron frame , still standing strong . With a height of 30 meter lighthouse was first operated in 1890 . As for the technical requirements , the tower is equipped with 2 pieces of white light , which lights every 10 seconds , with a focal plane height of 32 meters .

Thousand Islands (Indonesia)
Kepulauan Seribu

The Thousand Islands (Indonesian: Kepulauan Seribu) are a chain of islands to the north of Jakarta's coast. It forms the only regency of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. It consists of a string of 110 islands[1] stretching 45 km north into the Java Sea.
A decree[2] states that 36 islands may be used for recreation. Of these 36 islands, only 13 islands are fully developed: 11 islands are homes to resorts and two islands are historic parks. Twenty-three islands are privately owned and are not open to the public.[3] The rest of the islands are either uninhabited or support a fishing village.[3]


YF1AR/0 Radio Yaesu FT 450D with tuner FC 707 power 100W
Antenna Vertical 43ft put on top of Lighthouse, 40m asl
Mode mainly on Phone as well as on CW n Digital
QRV  mainly nitetime 40m band and spare daytime 20m band

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using speedboat Kerapu from Muara Adem, Muara Anke to Bayung Besar Island


posing in entrance gate Payung Besar Lighthouse


Vertical Antenna 43fr on top LH 40m and operatong room


panoramic jetty payung besar island


Friday, January 24, 2014

OC-273 Gorong and Watubela Islands - NEW IOTA

OC-273 Gorong and Watubela Islands

YF1AR/8 and YB0AI/8 
OC-273 Gorom aka Gorong aka Goram aka Goran Island - NEW IOTA
January 25-31 extended February 2,2014
131'24" E 3'58"S  PI56qa CQ28 ITU51
Variant forms of spelling for Kepulauan Gorom (Goran) or in other languages: Gorong Islands, Pulau-pulau Gorong, Goram-Eilanden, Goram Group, Gorong-eilanden, Goram Group, Goram-Eilanden, Gorong Islands, Gorong-eilanden, Pulau-pulau Gorong.

On Thursday, February 6, 2014 3:01 AM, Roger Balister <> wrote:

Dear Budi

Many thanks for sending me the logs of your OC-273 operation and the link to the validation material on your website. I have now had time to look at everything. It is all fine and I can confirm the issue of OC-273 to the Gorong and Watubela Islands IOTA group on the basis of your operations with the calls YF1AR/8 and YB0AI/8. Congratulations on the 2,500 contacts, that’s a big score.

It was a great pleasure to have contacts with both of you. You had good signals at the time. Thank you on behalf of the IOTA community for putting these remote islands on the air.

Best regards

Roger Balister, G3KMA

On Friday, January 3, 2014 7:53 PM, Roger Balister < >; wrote:

Hello Budi

That’s great news. I am sure the IOTA Community will be very excited at another new one in Indonesia. The Spice Islands sound a very remote and beautiful area of your country.

Many thanks for the scans of the tickets. You are aware of our requirements (minimum number of QSOs etc), so I do not need to repeat them, hi!

I hope everything goes well with good radio conditions and also weather.

Take care and a safe journey and return.

Roger, G3KMA

Maluku: The Spice Islands of the East

Scattered between Sulawesi, Timor and Papua, and long known in the West as the "Spice Islands", whose once unique cloves and nutmeg drew visitors from all over the world for centuries, Maluku is made up by over a thousand beautiful tropical islands with lush vegetation and unique fauna, stunning beaches and marine life, and very friendly, hospitable people. Overshadowed by more famous and accessible Indonesian islands like Bali, Java or Sumatra, remote Maluku receives very few visitors nowadays. On my trips around the archipelago, I never met more than half dozen foreigners in a month, and sometimes not a single one in a 2 months long trip. More than any other region in Indonesia, this is the ultimate destination for those who like island-hopping well off the beaten track!

Maluku today is divided into 2 provinces. "North Maluku" province with its majority Muslim population and its capital Ternate stretches from Halmahera and Morotai to the Sulas and Obi. Confusingly named, majority Christian "Maluku" province encompasses the central and southern regions of Maluku from Buru and Seram to the Arus and Wetar, with its capital being Ambon. Both provinces are equally beautiful and share similar history, culture and attractions.

Seram: The Mother Island of Central Maluku

Seram is the largest island in southern Maluku Province, and according to local beliefs it is the "Nusa Ina" or Mother Island where all the people of Central Maluku once came from.
The island is very mountainous and includes 3027m Gunung Binaya, the highest mountain in all Maluku.
Needless to say, it offers excellent (but hard) trekking opportunities, the best known of which is a long trek right across the island through Manusela National Park.
An added bonus is the island's unique birdlife which includes several endemic species, though is not always easy to spot.
For the less energetic, Seram's main attraction is beautiful Sawai village on the northern coast, with its gorgeous setting at the foot of towering cliffs, nice accommodation, good snorkelling and interesting off-shore islands.

East of Seram: From Geser to Teur

A scattering of tiny, mainly Muslim islands stretching from the eastern tip of Seram towards the Keis form Central Maluku's most remote and least accessible corner. None of these islands has played a significant role in history, none have any outstanding attractions, and they offer almost no facilities to visitors whatsoever. To tour them you will need lots of time, a knowledge of Indonesian, and a high tolerance of filthy, overcrowded Perintis ships.

Geser is a tiny atoll island at the eastern tip of Seram. It is nevertheless an important, historic trade centre of the region. It is a very quaint place with an old-fashioned feel to the town, and decent beaches right on the atoll, however it is best used as a base for exploring the neighbouring Seram Laut islands and eastern Seram itself.

Seram Laut Islands
The Seram Laut Islands just east of Geser are a bit larger and hillier than the atoll with which they share the same language and culture. They are also inhabited, but less crowded, and have some very beautiful beaches.

Gorom Islands
Southeast of Geser and Seram Laut, the three main islands of the Gorom archipelago share the same language and culture with them - all Muslims here, too. This is another area to find fine beaches well off the beaten track. The main island, at least around its main settlement, was somewhat underwhelming though, so you must be prepared to go a bit further than that. Its only attraction was an unusual army monument, and a surprisingly good selection of shops for these remote parts.

Watubela Islands
On the border of Central and Southeast Maluku, the remote Watubelas, consisting of inhabited Kesui, Teur and Watubela islands and a few smaller uninhabited ones, hit the world headlines during the years of the conflict. Today they are as peaceful and quiet as any in Maluku.

Red Lory.

The Red Lory aka Moluccan Lory (Eos bornea bornea aka Eos rubra bornea) is endemic to the Ambon, Saparua, Buru, Seram, Goram, Seramlaut, Indonesia, Watubela and the Kai Islands (also known as Kei Islands) - found in the south-eastern part of the Maluku Islands in Indonesia.
The Black-winged or the Blue-streaked Lories are also sometimes referred to as Red Lory.

This monument to commemorate the event along with the departure of 53 members of the Pioneer 9 volunteers from the village Kataloka, Gorom Island by Anton Soedjarwo KP II, Detachment Commander Pioneers on August 8, 1962 at 17:00. The troops landed safely in Cape Fatagor, West Irian safely, after a voyage across the sea as far as 100 miles deep and fierce. OPERATION TRIKORA: Indonesia Giant Military in 1960s and Liberation of W. Papua

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YF1AR/8 Radio Yaesu FT 450D with tuner FC 707 power 100W
Antenna Vertical 43 feet 40 m band and HB9CV 20-15-10 m band

YB0AI/8  Radio Yaesu FT950 power 100W
Antenna Vertical 43 feet 40 m band and Yagi 5 bander 20-17-15-12-10 m band
Mode mainly on Phone as well as on CW n Digital
QRV 10m - 40m band

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Special thanks for OM Safruddin, Head of Islamic HighSchool Namalean-Sikaru who host us with hospitaly and very kindness helpfull

LionAir Jakarta-Ambon, Pelni Pangrango Ambon-Geser, rent speedboat Geser-Goran, Woodship Bombana Goran-Bula, rent car Toyota Innova Bula-Ambon, LionAir Ambon-Jakarta


posing Pelni Pangrango, posing Geser harbor, posing Namlean Administrative Office, posing Islamic HighSchool Namalean-Sikaru, posing Namalua Goran harbor, posing Woodship Bombana


Antenna HB9CV 2 el for 10-15-20 m band, Antenna Vertical 43ft for 10-15-20-40 m bands, Radio set up YAESU FT450D, FC707 and Asus Netbook



YB0AI as team leader
Antenna Yagi WARC 12-17 m band, Antenna Vertical 43ft 10-15-20-40 m band, Radio set up YAESU FT950, FC707 and Acer Notebook


posing in rent speedboat, posing in home of host ( OM Safruddin, YB0AI, YF1AR, Village Head, XYL Safruddin), on the air among village people, generator 3 KVA running daytime, banner OC273 Goran Island