April/May . . . Indefinite Stay in the Island 2017
IOTA OC-119 Jolo Sulu
Please DO NOT send your cards direct to me or via the Bureau - They are not required.
Currently in the island group of Jolo, Sulu (OC-119) with
grid locator of PJ06MB.
I brought with me my K3, KPA500 and KAT3 tuner. Antenna is 40-10M
vertical with lots of radials. The present qth is inside a military camp,
the only safest area to stay until the end of May. Not very near the salt water,
as with previous IOTA activations. The present peace situation is very critical,
surrounded by lots of not so peace inclined individuals such as
ISIS affiliated groups of Abu Sayaff, Maute and other
foreign terrorist organization.
So if you hear me qrv very very intermittently, please be
reminded that I am also preserving my life and next is ham radio.
I can't enjoy the hobby without my life (pun intended).
The Jolo Island group is the 2nd rarest group in the Philippines,
previous activation was almost two decades ago. For obvious reasons,
if I can't activate this now, I am not very optimistic that there would be activation
by anyone not connected or affiliated to the Philippine military.
On a lighter note, this island is very beautiful, with lots of sea resources,
delicious fruits and wild animals. The beaches are so pristine.
Without the presence of Kidnap for Ramsom(KFR) groups,
this would be one of the best place to visit as dive sites are top notch.