UPDATE by Carson ZS8C via QRZ.com — “Ok, good news and bad news. Bad news is that I will be away from the radio for a while. 15 Dec until after Christmas. I need to spend some time enjoying the island. I am sure most of you will understand. The good news is that I am using LoTW now! Big thanks to the ARRL for helping me out, they had to make special arrangements to help me out. And we are also putting up a new antenna mast for my antenna, which should be higher than the old one! So hopefully my signal will improve. I am really hoping to make more North American and South American contacts (I promise, I am trying).
I am still working through the sked request, but it is taking a while. So hold on, I will try and get to you. I might try setting a timetable for skeds, and invite 20-30 stations to join. I think that might also work.
In summary, I just want to say thanks to everyone for the contacts. I am enjoying meeting all of you, and learning about your countrys! I have 89 contacts so far on my DXCC, so I am close to my first 100!”
November 18, 2013 — Carson, ZS8C updates operators with the following info:
There have been a couple of new developments on the island. On 15/11/2013 ZS8Z and I ran a new transmission line up to my antenna. This new line has significantly less loss, so my effective radiated power should have increased! Yesterday I was working 10m, and I acually got a 59+20 signal report from someone in Europe! Unbelievable! But keep in mind my rig is still only 100W, so I doubt I will get signals like this to the USA.
I have also been made aware that I do not have DXCC accreditation yet. Apologies to anyone who was hoping to apply for their DXCC awards in the immediate future. I am trying to sort this out, and I wil post here when it has been fixed. Once this is sorted I will also be uploading my log to LoTW. So be patient, I will get this all sorted.
Other than that, thanks to everyone I have made contact with so far. I have really been enjoying it. I am still working through the skeds, so don’t worry if I have not replied yet. 73′s!
July 25, 2013 — New YL op Nadia ZS8A will soon be active. Meanwhile, propagation and busy working schedules have meant David and Carson operating on limited time.
May 30, 2013
– Pierre, ZS1HF informs that both ZS8C and ZS8Z will soon have an online log up and running once their on-island duties relax a little. David ZS8Z has been active recently, while Carson ZS8C is still to QRV.
April 9, 2013 — Carson ZS8C and David ZS8Z are departing Cape Town on 10 April 2013 at 14.00 SAST for Marion Island. Expect them to be QRV around mid-May once the ship departs with the old team back to Cape Town.
Carson’s girlfriend, Nadia, and the team’s diesel mechanic, Marius, will be writing the RAE on the island. Pierre ZS1HF has arranged with the SARL to invigilate the exam. This means there will eventually be four active hams on Marion Island during the next year. [photo]
March 5, 2013 – Two radio amateurs are part of an over-wintering Scientific team and will be active on Marion Island from May 2013 to April 2014.
Expected modes will mainly be SSB and digital.
They may only use the existing commercial broadband HF antenna, and their QSL Manager is ZS1HF.
More info will be posted on their respective qrz.com sites once they have been created. (We expect this info to be made available within the next 2 weeks).
All enquiries via ZS1HF at this stage.
*Take note: bands expected are 40 to 10m only. No 160 or 80m due to severe QRM from electrical system in the base.