Propagation

The island is very small and flat/low lying and so there is good take off to all locations worldwide using verticals over the saltwater.

We’re aiming to work around 60% Europe, 25% Asia and 15% North America.

Based on the latest information from Commonwealth Government authorities we are only able to operate from dawn to dusk rather than 24 hours a day. Likely operating hours of dawn to dusk will be 2100 UTC to 1000 UTC. Craig VK5CE will continue to work with authorities to see if these hours can be extended, but at least the team have written permission to operate for 13 hours a day.

For Europe and North America the best times to work VK9AR are in our local dawn period of 2100 to 0000 UTC and local dusk period of 0700 to 1000 UTC. At these times we will be calling for Europe only or North America only and operating with three stations to maximise QSO’s. We will not be working stations in Asia or Oceania during these times.

For Asia and Oceania there will be plenty of chances to work us in the daytime period of 0000 to 0700 UTC. At this time you won’t have competition from EU or NA in the pile ups and we’ll be running 2 or 3 stations in this 0000 to 0700 UTC period. So don’t worry, you’ll get in the log.

 

Based on early propagation forecasts, here are the band openings:

2100-0000 UTC dawn period (3 stations on air)

40m for Europe

30m for Europe

17m & 20m for North America (both SP & LP)

 

0000-0700 UTC daytime period (2 or 3 stations on air)

20m for Asia/Oceania

17m for Asia/Oceania

15m for Asia/Oceania

 

0700-1000 UTC dusk period (3 stations on air)

0700-0830 on 20m for Europe

0700-0830 on 17m for Europe

0700-0830 on 15m for Europe

 

0830-1000 on 40m for North America

0830-1000 on 30m for North America

0830-1000 on 17m & 20m for Europe

 

For those people who are kind enough to send in a donation of US $5 or more prior to the start of the DXpedition (by November 1st), then there is no need to request a QSL card as we will automatically send you a QSL directly if you are in the log.

VK9AR

 

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