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Iridium Notes Use of Its Phones by Hams

Iridium Satellite LLC said it provided mobile satellite services for two recent “DXpeditions.”
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Iridium Satellite LLC said it provided mobile satellite services for two recent “DXpeditions.”

In the events, ham radio operators built temporary base stations on small remote islands to establish contact with other amateurs.

“DXpeditions are frequently undertaken by the ham radio community as part of their enthusiasm for pursuing radio contacts, often under extremely difficult conditions, with distant stations around the globe,” the supplier said. An DXpedition in January took place on Agatti Island in the Lakshadweep archipelago in the Arabian Sea southwest of India. The second was in April on Swain’s Island in the Tokelau chain in the South Pacific.

“The teams used the Iridium phones to stay in touch with home, obtain weather forecasts, and provide daily uploads of log information and updates from the island.”

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