Rota Island is located 30 miles north of Guam. It is 32 square miles and had a population of 1200 at the time of the DXpedition.

L to R: WA6ROP/KG6R Ernie, W9WNV/KG6R Don, K2QGC/KG6 Eddie, at Guam air terminal on the way home from the Rota Island DXpedition

People of the Mariana Trust Territory. Center: Mr. & Mrs. Tewksbury, Father Canise on the right (became a ham in the 70's, now sk).

WA6ROP/KG6 Ernie Tougas, W9WNV/KG6R Don Miller,
K5LXZ / KR6BH Ray Husher, K2QGC/KG6 Eddie Poppe

Loading the plane, Commander Dick Lacey on the right. He later became a ham.

WA6ROP/KG6 Ernie & Cmdr. Leisy ready to go in the Coast Guard rescue plane.

TH-4 going up!

TH-4 coming down from high winds!

K2QGC/KG6 Eddie, K5LXZ / KR6BH Ray

Eddie, Ray, Don, Ernie
TH-4 at 45 feet

Eddie, Ernie, Don, Ray, ready to board plane and leave Rota Island.

W9WNV/KG6R 1963 Rota Island, Mariana Islands

Operators:
Eddie Poppe, K2QGC/KG6 (now AH2L), A2/c, USAF, stationed on Guam. Eddie still lives on Guam having married a girl he met on Guam, KH2CM.
Ray Husher, K5LXZ / KR6BH (now W5EW), A2/c, USAF, stationed on Okinawa.
Ernie Tougas, WA6ROP/KG6 (callsign now reassigned), MM2/c, USN, stationed on Guam.
Don Miller, W9WNV / HL9KH (now AE6IY), Captain, USAF, stationed in South Korea.

Date of DXpedition: Feb. 16-23, 1963
Total number of QSO's: 5,242
80 thru 10M, CW and SSB
First station worked: JA1BWA
First USA station worked: W6WB
Most impressive stateside stations heard:
80M - W4DQS
40M - W6HJT
20M - W9ADN, W3CRA, W1FH, W9YFV, W3MSK, W9BPW, W4PDL, K7LJA.
15M - W3GRF.

 

Photos and info from Don Chesser W4KVX DX Magazine
#189 Mar. 30, 1963 & #194 May 11, 1963.

QSL courtesy of DL9WVM