NEWS UPDATE — Earlier today, Norbert VK0AI showed up on the airwaves from Macquarie Island and was initially active on 30 & 20m FT8.

MARCH 13 — Recently posted on eHam, Norbert VK5MQ is on his way to the Macquarie Island Antarctic Research Base with the next winter team for one year.

He uses an IC-7300 and vertical and is not expected to be QRV until well after the changeover of wintering crews – there’s a bit more on that here

Macquarie Island webcam


  1. Had the privilege to work Norbert during a magnificent 30M gray line opening with FT8 on 4/29 @ 0530GMT. Evidently he was running with a tight filter, only responding to signals within 300-400Hz. #atno for me.

  2. CW and Digi would be a new one for me. Hearn on 8/6/2018 on 20 meter FT-8 but could not copy me.
    Keep trying.
    73, Russ

  3. 10136.0 VK0AI pse answer 0943 29 Sep Macquarie Island
    HL2WA 10136.0 VK0AI
    Pse CW mode -my only chance to work you from Israel.
    Best 73
    De 4x6zm

  4. I only need 3 countries for #1 honor roll and Macquarie is one of them. Is it possible to know when VK0AI will be using FT8 on 30 meters as I think that is my best path. I would love to stay up late one night and work you.

  5. Dear OM.
    I am VK0/M is ATNO. My ant is VDP(30m)and HB9cv(17and 20m).
    I hope QSO with you,But You are at work going to Macquarie, so I
    can not tell you the impossible.

    Please take good care of yourself


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