VK9C/G6AY – Cocos (Keeling) Islands

    • By Phil, G3SWH

    Phil, G3SWH and Jim, G3RTE will be active from West Island in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands between 22nd February and 5th March 2011. The Cocos (Keeling) Islands count as OC-003 for IOTA purposes. The 2009 “Most Wanted” survey by the DX Magazine shows the Cocos (Keeling) Islands at #75 worldwide for DXCC purposes.

    We will both use the single callsign of VK9C/G6AY. Our activity will be on CW only on all bands 80-10 meters. There will be no 160, 6 metres or EME activity.

    Propagation permitting, we plan to have two stations on the air for as many hours every day as is possible. Our main objective is to work as many European, North American and ROTW stations on as many different bands as possible and plan to make at least 15,000 QSOs.

    QSL via G3SWH, either direct with SAE and adequate return postage (recommended), via Phil’s web site for a bureau reply or via the bureau.

    This will be a very expensive DX-pedition. We are happy to meet the costs of transport to and from the islands, but are seeking sponsorship and donations from individuals, DX clubs and organisations towards our living expenses on the island, printing QSLs and the like.

    There is more information at www.g3swh.org.uk/vk9c-g6ay.html