We will have an FT450D running a CW breakable beacon on 50130. The antenna will be a 6m loop. At YJ0X, this simple antenna was sufficient for us to work a handful of KH6s and around 40 JAs. Realistically, with the decline in solar activity over the last 2 years, we are more likely to work VK & ZL. Still, it is the Equinox season so we will gladly accept surprises!
You can now follow us on Twitter – @VK9NZ
There is also a timeline on the left hand side of this page.
VK9NZ will use the new QSO Director website so hams worldwide can see their QSO logged in near realtime at:
Please note that we will not be uploading contest QSOs (CQWW RTTY and Oceania DX SSB) to this site or to Clublog in realtime. All other non-contest QSOs will be uploaded.
The VK9NZ team would like to thanks Martin A65DC and Keli TF8KY for providing this excellent tool to the DX community.
Just a reminder that VK9NZ Norfolk Island will be on air late Sunday 25th September.
Everything has gone to plan and we are looking forward to the pile-ups, especially from EU, SAM and AF. We will make a late entry in the CQWW RTTY leg.
We will have the low band antenna up in the first few days using an 18m Spiderbeam pole with a topload wire for topband. Look for us on 160m and 80m around sunset and sunrise Norfolk Is time, i.e. 0640 and 1845z and from East Coast North America sunrise around 1000z onwards.
See you in the pile ups!
de ZL3GA, ZL3PAH, ZL3AB, ZL3DMC & ZL4TT
The charts below indicate likely propagation to areas most needing VK9N. To look at your best bet for propagation from your QTH to VK9NZ, click here to access the VOACAP Charts (many thanks to Jari OH6BG).
Northern South America
Southern South America
Just a month before we head off to Norfolk Island. Everything has gone smoothly and we have just received the VK9NZ LOTW certificate. Here’s hoping band conditions improve from their current state.
Many thanks to the clubs and foundations who have supported our DXpedition, you will find their logos on the right hand side of the screen.
Thanks to the Eric Swartz from Elecraft, another KPA500 linear will be coming to Norfolk Island with us. Eric offered us a deal that was too good to pass up. Geoff ZL3GA will also use this linear on his annual DXpeditions to Vanuatu as YJ0GA in addition to future Quake Contester and Quake DXpedition acivity.