Final update before the team departs for Robben Island tomorrow, Friday 18 August 2017:  as previously announced, the team ran into some unexpected complications with the expedition. As a result the operation has been scaled down to two SSB-only stations. The operators will be Jan ZS1VDV, Paul ZS1V, Andre ZS1AN and Grant ZS1REX. The team leaves for Robben Island late Friday afternoon and expects to have both stations operational during the course of the evening – hopefully by 1800Z.  One station will primarily operate on the 20/15/10 meter bands and the other primarily on 80/40 meters. Operations will continue until Sunday morning around 1000Z, weather permitting.

Intended frequencies of operation are: 80m 3780kHz 40m 7180kHz 20m 14260kHz  15m 21260kHz 10m 28460kHz +- QRM.

JULY 25 – A team consisting Paul (ZS1V), Jan (ZS1VDV), Andre (ZS1AN), Johan (ZS1A), Pierre (ZS6A) and Oleg (ZS1ANF) will be operating as ZS9V from Robben Island (IOTA group AF-064) during August 19-20, 2017. In addition to the stations they had last year (SSB on 10/15/20 and SSB on 40/80) they will also have a CW station operating on the high bands. Further information on the operation will be published on as it becomes available.

MAY 31, 2017Permission has not yet been granted by the island authorities for this operation. We have made no announcement of it going ahead and will not do so until all the required approvals are in place. Right now, there is no reason to believe that this operation will happen this year. 73 Paul van Spronsen, ZS1V

JULY 23, 2016 — During the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (August 19-21), look for ZS9V to be active from Robben Island, AF-064. Two stations with Inverted V and TH3 antennas and 500W amplifier. QSL via M0OXO. Website.