Credit: VK9GMW

UPDATE – Regular VK9MA updates will appear here, perhaps daily.

JUNE 2, 2017 — A 9 operator team, led by Rob, N7QT will be active from Mellish Reef as VK9MA, QRV from November 3rd, 2017 through November 16th, 2017. Mellish Reef, IOTA (OC-072) is currently #29 most wanted on Clublog. The team will be QRV from Heralds-Beacon Islet, the only permanent land in the reef on all bands, CW, RTTY, and SSB.


MAY 16, 2017 — On January 20th this year, broke news of a planned DXpedition to Mellish Reef. We now have an update courtesy Rob, N7QT

Mellish Reef landing rights has been approved/granted for November 2017. Team will consist of 9 operators and 4 stations. Transportation to/from Mellish has been obtained. We are now working on logistics, station design and acquisition.

Operation will be on the 10m-160m bands and the following modes – CW/SSB/RTTY. Due to current propagation conditions, we are planning to focus particularly on the lower bands (20m-160m).


  1. Friends all of the VK9MA receive an affectionate greeting from Caracas Venezuela wishing that they are having a great time in such beautiful Island OC / 072. I thank you for the release on CW in the 18 Mhz band good luck and happy return home take care 73s dx YV5HNJ Ramon

  2. I am still to hear VK9MA on any band & mode.
    I was fortunate to get VK9MT in my LOG in April 2014.
    At that time I had a heart attack & never expected to survive to get my last one, #1 HR on SSB.
    At the time I thought it was my last chance to get Mellish Reef & like many DXers around the world, thought that to get DXCC #1 HR in my lifetime was going to be IMPOSSIBLE. Now I realise that Mellish is on again in 2017. !! I was licensed in 1950 & hope to reach 90 years of age in 2018.
    Those DXers who think that the rare entities like P5 & 7O and a few others, should be deleted, should think again. !!
    The thrill to get the unexpected in the log is the ULTIMATE thrill in DXing is…… #1 HONOR ROLL.
    Thanks to ALL those dedicated DXers who confirm the QSO’s & ALL those OM’s who go on DXpeditions.
    They make it the greatest ‘sport’ in the world. !!!

  3. Dear Oms from the Expedition VK9MA
    I tried to get one contact on any mode ,any frequencies without succes with my litle station as you can see on!
    I tried also in 2014 with the same conditions witout succes also!!
    I hope to get the one contact for me!!
    All the best to team!
    all the best to every one.


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