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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.

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. There will be no Club Log updates until I return to mainland Australia.

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Where will I be?

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):

AS = Asia short path

EU = Europe short path

EU LP = Europe long path

NA = North America short path

NA LP = North America long path

0000-0300 UTC on 20m (AS), 17m (AS) or 15m (AS, NA)

0300-0400 UTC on 20m (AS), 17m (AS, NA) or 15m (AS)

0400-0600 UTC on 20m (AS, NA), 17m (AS) or 15m (AS)

0600-0700 UTC on 20m (AS), 17m (AS, EU), 15m (AS, EU)

0700-0800 UTC on 20m (AS, EU), 17m (AS, EU SP & LP), 15m (AS, EU)

0800-0900 UTC on 40m (AS, NA), 20m (AS, EU), 17m (AS, EU SP & LP), 15m (AS, EU)

0900-1200 UTC on 40m (AS, NA), 20m (AS, EU), 17m (AS, EU), 15m (AS, EU)

1200-1300 UTC on 40m (AS, NA), 20m (AS, EU), 17m (AS, EU)

1300-1400 UTC on 40m (AS, EU, NA), 30m (AS, EU, NA), 20m (AS, EU, NA), 17m (AS,EU)

1400-1500 UTCon 40m (AS,EU,NA), 30m (AS,EU,NA), 20m (AS,EU,NA), 17m (AS,EU,NA)

1500-1600 UTC on 40m (AS, EU), 30m (AS, EU), 20m (AS, EU, NA), 17m (AS, NA)

1600-1800 UTC on 40m (AS, EU), 30m (AS, EU), 20m (AS, EU)

1800-2000 UTC on 40m (AS, EU), 30m (AS, EU) – PROBABLY SLEEP BREAK

2000-2100 UTC on 40m (AS, EU), 20m (AS), 17m (AS, NA), 15m (NA) 

2100-2200 UTC on 40m (AS, EU), 20m (AS, NA LP), 17m (AS, NA), 15m (AS, NA)

2200-2300 UTC on 20m (AS), 17m (AS, NA SP & LP), 15m (AS, NA)

2300-0000 UTC  on 20m (AS, NA), 17m (AS), 15m (AS, NA)

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