NEWS UPDATE by VE3LYC — Several significant developments occurred during the last few days, and I would like to update you on them below:

(1) An operation from Russell Islands (OC-168, Solomon Islands DXCC) was added to the one already planned from Duff Islands (OC-179, Temotu DXCC). Russell Islands were last operated from in Feb 2001 or 17 years ago, and this IOTA group is in demand by about 94% of IOTA chasers. This addition extends the duration of the original project by a week and adds new logistical challenges.

(2) The expedition time schedule has been finalized and all plane tickets purchased today:

18 April: depart Toronto to Honiara via Brisbane;
20 April: arrival Honiara;
22 to 25 April: operate from Mbanika Island (Russell Islands, OC-168; MWL 6.4%);
28 April: depart Honiara to Lata;
29 April to 3 May: operate from Tahua or Taumako Island (Duff Islands, OC-179, MWL 3.0%)
5 May: depart Lata to Honiara;
6 May: depart Honiara to Brisbane and overnight there;
7 May: depart Brisbane to Toronto.

(3) Bernhard (DL3GAC, H44MS) will join in the activity from OC-168. The team will operate two stations, using CW and SSB, mainly on 17, 20, 30, and 40 m.

(4) There is a small possibility that following the OC-168 operation I may attempt to operate from Nggela Sule Island (Florida Islands, OC-158; MWL 15.7%) on 26 and 27 April. However, under no circumstance I will rush to end the OC-168 operation in order to squeeze in some activity from OC-158.

(5) I will spend 9 days in the Solomon Islands DXCC (H44) and 8 days in the Temotu DXCC (H40). Between the two DXCCs, Temotu is certainly more in demand. Club Log indicates that H40 is ranked world-wide #43 at Mixt, #66 in CW, and #23 in SSB on the DXCC Most Wanted list. However, it is ranked higher in Europe: #37 at Mixt, #45 in CW, #25 in SSB, and even higher in Western Europe: #26 at Mixt, #29 in CW, #24 in SSB. Interestingly, it is a very high demand in Western Europe on some bands: #13 on 40m, #15 on 30m, #30 on 20m, and #26 on 17m.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Cezar,

    Could you post some dates for the activations, even though those dates will only be provisional? At the moment, one can only guess that you will activate January/February sometime.

    Thanks, Rob

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