Expedition to ZK3 & 5W

    UPDATE Feb 18, 2010.

    • ZK3 trip cancelled

    This morning we packed our gear so that it could be loaded onto the “ship” (a loose term!) for Thursday night’s voyage to Tokelau.    When we got to the Tokelau office in Apia we were told that the voyage was cancelled due to a developing tropical depression between Apia and Tokelau, 500 miles to the north.    So we hauled the equipment back to the cottage where we are staying.    This was the second cancellation for us.    The first was also weather related — Cyclone Rene which caused high seas in Tokelau, slammed into American Samoa to the east, and then Tonga to the south.    This is clearly cyclone season in this part of the South Pacificm although on our previous 3 trips this time of year we haven’t encountered them


    UPDATE Feb 11, 2010. Samoa callsigns have been issued and they are 5W0OU & 5W0YA.


    Bill N7OU and Bob W7YAQ will be operating from Tokelau between Feb 17 and Mar 10, 2010. This will include a MS entry in the ARRL DX CW Contest.

    Tokelau is only accessible by boat and the exact dates may change a little. Before sailing (Feb 10-16) and afterward (Mar 11-15) they’ll be operating from Apia, Samoa.

    As usual the operation will be mainly CW, with some SSB and RTTY, 160-10m. They’ll be using 100w and vertical antennas.

    Callsigns TBA. QSL via H/C’s.