Cezar, VE3LYC and Johan, PA3EXX will attempt to activate St. Matthew Isl. OC-218 for a period of 4 days during the first part of September.
The licensing authority of New Caledonia has approved for this operation the special callsign TX4A. Last activity from this IOTA took place 17 years ago, and the group is in demand by 94% of IOTA members.
Due to the remote location of the island, sailing from Noumea to St. Matthew Isl. return is expected to take 5 days. This will be not only a very difficult, but also very expensive project. The team is actively looking for financial support from groups and individuals who wish to assist in defraying some of the project costs. Donations can be sent to Cezar by PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail.
All contributions will be acknowledged on the expedition website, which will be available in due course.
It’s been 10 years since a major activation of this island group, and with an ever-growing number of IOTA enthusiasts chasing “new ones”, we believe this activity will create heavy interest.
During the weekend of May 10 & 11 – using the callsign MX0INT – a four man team consisting Christian EA3NT, Vincent F4BKV, Gil F4FET and Col MM0NDX plan to be active from the outer island of Longstone.
Thanks to Krish, W4VKU for QSL preview of VU4K
Vlad UA4WHX exclusively updates DX World readers from Easter Island:
Hi! We are on Easter Island. We have found a place a little distance away from the main village which helps. It has a tower and serves as a center of communications for a local taxi company. What does not help is constant power cuts and a major geomagnetic storm that disrupted almost all conditions recently. Bands stay close almost all the time. The openings are short and not good for long distances. That makes it difficult to dodge between shortage of power supply and limited conditions.
With more time on our hands we get to see and know the local more. That includes fishing for meals, harvesting local wild guava and cooking the Rapa Nui way.
This time we will be lucky to make one QSO with anyone at all. Forget slots and modes!
73, Vladimir, CE0Y/UA4WHX
A group of Chinese hams will be active from the rare IOTA AS-143 (Yongxing Island), Paracel Islands sometime between April 15 to May 15. The actual operation period depends on the schedule of the ship.
Only one radio is allowed to be on the air 24 hours around the clock due to the limit of ops by the local authority.
The assigned callsign will be B7CRA. QSL via BA4EG.
Note: Earlier AS-143 activity
UPDATE – T30D website now available.
Team members are Uwe, DJ9HX; Rudolf, DK3CG; Sid, DM2AYO; Dietmar, DL2HWA; Georg, DL4SVA; Bert, DL2RNS; Heiko, DL1RTL; Juergen, DF7TT; Olaf, DL7JOM; Guenter, DL2AWG; Hans DL6JGN and Rolf, DL7VEE.
They plan to be QRV from 160 to 6m in CW, SSB and RTTY with at least four simultaneous stations with 500-watts-amps around the clock.