As with my previous VK IOTA DXpeditions, based on demand I’ll be aiming to work 60% Europe, 25% Asia and at least 10% North America. I’ll be asking Europe and Asia to stand by at certain times to give North America a chance as the openings tend to be short and not as good. Remember that on 15m, 17m and 20m I’ll have both a Spiderbeam yagi and verticals and I’ll be able to switch between both. So if you’re in North America and just hear me at 5×1 to 5×3 working Europe then don’t give up hope. It’s because I’m on the vertical with a saltwater path to them but a land path to you and my signals will be lower, remember that at regular times I’ll be looking for North America and so then I’ll switch over to the 3 element yagi pointing to you and hopefully signals will increase when I call for NA. During European openings I’ll also from time to time be asking for “United Kingdom and Scandinavia only” to give northern Europe a chance.

Where will I be?

There is no phone reception or internet on this very remote island and so I won’t be able to spot myself on the cluster. I do have a satellite phone for safety reasons and from time to time I may use the satellite phone to ring my wife and she knows how to spot me on the cluster as a ‘PILOT’. 

I’ll be arriving on the island on Thursday in the afternoon and so the goal will be to erect verticals on the beach for 20m and 40m (40m vertical will work on 15m too). I won’t have time for anything else on that day, temperatures are 37C to 40C and so it’s important not to expose myself to heatstroke. I can’t put up antenna’s at night due to the crocodiles. So I hope to be on the air on Thursday by 0900 UTC. North America may not hear me too well on the higher bands on day 1 in the as its a land path on the short path, so the verticals wont work that well to you. Mind you it’ll be a water path via long path.

On Friday morning local time (around 0000 UTC) I’ll be putting up the Spiderbeam 15m-17m-20m tribander and the rest of the verticals. So by 0500 UTC on Friday the full complement of antennas will be in action.    

Based on studying propagation forecasts I’m going to be on the following bands at the following times (of course this will change depending on band conditions):

0000-0300 UTC on 15m (AS & NA short path)

0300-0400 UTC lunch break and time to check antennas

0400-0500 UTC on 20m (AS & NA short path)

0500-0600 UTC on 15m (AS & EU short path)

0600-0700 UTC on 15m / 17m (AS & EU short path)

0700-0800 UTC on 15m / 17m / 20m (AS & EU short path)

0800-1300 UTC on 17m / 20m (AS & EU short path) or 40m (AS & NA)

1300-1400 UTC on 20m / 40m (AS, EU & NA short path) or 17m (AS & EU short path)

1400-1500 UTC on 17m / 20m / 40m (AS, EU & NA short path)

1500-1600 UTC on 20m (AS, EU & NA sp) or 17m (AS & NA sp) or 40m (AS & EU)

1600-1800 UTC on 20m / 40m (AS & EU short path)

1800-2100 UTC sleeping

2100-2300 UTC on 15m / 17m (AS & NA short path) or 17m / 20m (AS & NA long path)

2300-0000 UTC on 15m (AS & NA short path) or 17m (AS & NA long path)

I’ll be on SSB 95% of the time and so this schedule will show you where to look for me.  

When the Scandinavian Activity Contest is on at 1200 UTC Saturday to Sunday 1200 UTC I’m likely to be on 40m for North America or 17m for Europe in my local evening to avoid the contest. On the last couple of days I’ll start to do a little PSK on 30m at night and 15m during the day if SSB pile ups slow down.


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