NEWS UPDATE – Following the CQWWCW contest, I am staying on in 3B9 through sunrise December 12th. This is not a DXpedition in its traditional sense but I will try to spend a few hours on the radio everyday.

So far 320 qsos logged on top band but only 11 with NA. On 80 the log has 250 qsos with 82 NA.Plan is to be on around local sunset 1413z and sunrise 0458z.

Local noise floor is low but US signals worked have been barely readable above the noise floor with signals on 80 of course much better. Also interesting LP opening at my sunset but not my best takeoff in that direction.

I am about 150m from the lagoon and some 30m up looking north with sloping terrain and good takeoff 240deg through 60deg.

I’m using a toploaded umbrella-style vertical on 160 inspired by N6LF writings. It is supported by 16m out of an 18m spiderbeam pole and there are some 40 radials of varying length 10-20m on the very dry rocky ground. The same pole and radial field supports a parallel inverted L for 80. All driven by a K3 or KX3 and SPE 1.3K at 800w.

73 Olof G0CKV

October 2, 2016 – Olof, G0CKV will again be active from Rodrigues as 3B9HA between November 24 to December 12, 2016. QRV on CW, holiday-style. Possible low band activity. Participation during CQ WW DX Contest, CW (Nov 26-27). QSL via M0OXO.