UPDATE August 15
All QSLs for pre-DXpedition sponsors, OQRS and direct snail mail have now been written and sent.
For Europe, North and South America I first send the completed QSL cards in their written envelopes in a box to Tony W4FOA. I did this a couple of weeks ago and he’s now received them. I do this as its cheaper to send these from USA than it is from Australia. I’ve done the QSLs and written envelopes for all pre-DXpedition sponsors and direct requests. Tony received the box on August 14 and he’s put on stamps and posted them by August 16. Don’t contact Tony about whether your card was sent or not as I’ve written the cards and have the masterlist of QSLs sent.
For Oceania and Asia I’ve sent the cards for all pre-DXpedition sponsors and direct requests to you direct from Australia on August 15.
Club log matching was done for VK5CE/6 and VK5CE/P on August 13. (I don’t know when I’ll get any time to do bureau cards in the foreseeable future due to work and home commitments).
If you have not received your QSL card direct, PLEASE WAIT AND BE PATIENT, if you haven’t received it by October then please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This VK IOTA DXpedition adventure is in honour of the 25th anniversary of the Russian Robinson Club
VK IOTA tour award
If you work me on 4 of the 6 IOTA’s activated this month, you’ll be eligible for the VK IOTA award celebrating 25 years of the Russian Robinson Club.
June 2 2018 – IOTA OC-164 Rottnest Island – claimed by 23.0%
June 6-8 2018 – IOTA OC-199 East Lewis Island – claimed by 18.3%
June 9-11 2018 – IOTA OC-140 Thevenard Island – claimed by 17.4%
June 15-18 2018 – IOTA OC-193 Cheyne Island – claimed by 14.9%
June 20-21 UTC 2018 – IOTA OC-170 Woody Island – claimed by 23.1%
June 27-28 UTC 2018 – IOTA OC-220 St Peter Island – claimed by 26.0%
Thank you to the following sponsors
(people sponsoring before the DXpedition will automatically receive a card for all IOTA’s if you’re in the log and you’ll also receive a special VK IOTA fridge magnet gift with your QSL card)
5B4AHJ (Alan) – AB5EB (Mike) – AB6QM (Mel) – AD5A (Mike) – DS5ACV (Ho) – JA8ZO (Sab) – K7YMA (George) – K9YC (Jim) – N4II (Ed) – N6NO (Merv) – PT7WA (Luciano) – SM3DMP (Thomas) – SM5LNE (Jan) – VK5MAV (Andy) – VK8NSB (Stu) – W5PF (Paul)
$11 – $49
4X4-2238 (Eyran) – AA0MZ (Jim) – AC0A (Bill) – AH6HY (Dave) – DG5LAC (Michael) – DK5WL (Heinz) – DL1NAX (Walter) – DL6JGN (Hans) – DL9MS (Joachim) – E20FUP (Jeab) – E72U (Vedad) – E73Y (Boris) – F-59706 (Patrick) – FK4QX (Phillipe) – G0JHC (Neil) – G4MFX (Graham) – G4VMX (Tony) – HB9DKZ (Hans) – IZ8FFA (Felice) – IZ8GCP (Maurizio) – JA1BPA (Icko) – JA6FIO (Sai) – JA8COE (Taka) – JE7JIS (Hiro) – JG1UKW (Toshi) – JG8IBY (Aki) – JH2RMU (Aki) – JH4DYP (Keizo) – JI3DST (Take) – JI3MJK (Toshi) – JJ0NCC (Masa) – JM2LEI (Nori) – JO7KMB (Mac) – K0AP (Dragan) – K3EST (Bob) – K4KKL (Michael) – K6FW (Frank) – K6VVA (Rick) – K8GI (Rick) – KJ3L (Jim) – KN7D (Val) – MD0CCE (Bob) – MI0SAI (Simon) – N4WW (Doc) – N5UR (Buzz) – N6PF (Elliot) – N9BX (Bruce) – OE2VEL (Wolfgang) – OE3EVA (Ernst) – OE6IMD (Michael) – OH2FT (Joni) – OM7CA (Vladimir) – ON4CD/OR1R (Ghis) – ON7LX/ON7TK (Carine/Claude) – PY7DJ (Haroldo) – PY7ZZ (Fred) – R7AL (Vasily) – RA9CMO (Igor) – RJ3AA (Sergey) – RN3RQ (Jack) – RU3SD (Vasily) – RW3DD (Ken) – RW5C (Alexander) – RZ3EC (Eugene) – S57L (Janko) – SM5AQD (Hakan) – SM6CMU (Ingemar) – SM6DHU (Matt) – SP5APW (Jacek) – UA0CID (Oleg) – UA3AGW (Dima) – UA3AIF (Andrew) – UA9CGL (Vladimir) – UN5GM (Yuriy) – UR5EDX (Sergey) – UR5LCZ (Ivan) – VA3DXA (Peter) – VE3VHB (Mike) – VK2HOT (Bruce) – VK3GA (Graham) – VK4NH (Ray) – VK5GR (Grant) – VK7BC (Frank) – W1JR (Joseph) – W2FB (Stephanus) – W4FOA (Tony) (SPECIAL THANKS TO TONY) – W5FKX (Don) – W5RQ (John) – W5VFO (Charles) – W5ZPA (Mike) – WX4G (Bob) – ZL4AS (Cliff) – ZL4TT (Paul)
$5 – $10
DL4FCS (Wolfgang) – DM3AZ (Arcady) – DS4DRE (Kang) – EA3NW (Jose) – EU7A (Andei) – F4DSK (Dimitri) – HA5AGS (Lajos) – HB9BQB (Guido) – JH7VHZ (Ume) – JO1CRA (Hide) – NQ7R (Thomas) – OK1AD (Laco) – OK2JC (Janik) – RA3TAR (Slava) – RU3FM (Nikolay) – RU6B (Sergey) – RU9HM (Stanislav) – RV1CC (Vladimir) – RW0CR (Alex) – S58N (Milosav) – UA0CW (Vladimir) – UA3EDQ (Igor) – UA6GG (Oleg) – UA9YJO (Eugene) – UN5J (Vladimir) – US1UX (Yuriy) – UT3IW (Vit) – UW5IM (Andy) – UX2IQ (Alex) – UY5BC (Andriy) – VK2XXM (Robert) – WD8PKF (Alan)
POST DXPEDITION SUPPORT:
7K1CPT AD1C DK1FW DL5KUD DL6KR F4EUG F4WBN F8AMV G3LAS G4IUF GI3OQR HA1RW HB9BGV HB9CEX HB9IIO I5BZ I5HOR I8DVJ IK3OYU IK8CVZ IU1HJF IZ2AMW JA1FGB JA1GRM JA1MRM JA1NLX JA2IHL JA3DAY JA6CBG JA7MGP JA8BNP JA8XOK JA9TWN JE1DXC JE1QYI JE3GRQ JF2OZH JF6XQJ JH7CFX JH8JYV JK1TCV JL1PPS JR2KDN K0DEQ K6PJ K6UM K7ACZ K9MUF K9RR KD3CQ KM4HI KP4NRA LA8DW NA5AR N7BT OE1WEU OE3RPB OH2BF ON4APU ON4IZ OZ1HPS RA1AOB S55SL SM3GSK SM4CJM SM5BFJ SM5ELV SP6CIK UA4PT UA6LQZ VK6YV W0NB W4UM W5BOS W5WP W7BEM W8JRK W9DC
My last IOTA DXpeditions were in October as VK5CE/8 OC-198 and in November as VK9AR OC-216. Then in December I was busy doing the new Island Radio Expedition Foundation website http://www.irefradio.com and this VK IOTA website. So at Christmas it was time to think about 2018.
I’ve been so lucky to do a NEW IOTA each year in 2014 (VK6ISL OC-294), 2015 (S79C AF-119), 2016 (ZL9A OC-286) and then the ultra-rare VK9AR OC-216 at the end of 2017. The problem is that now IOTA chasers expect a NEW IOTA or ultra-rare activation every year. The IOTA chasers around the world are very passionate which is wonderful and I’ve been receiving emails asking where I’ll be going in 2018. Please remember it can take many years to get permission to just get approval to operate from these ones and they cost up to $10,000 per person to activate. So its not easy to do one each year.
There is a very rare IOTA activation of OC-214 I’m working on now.
For 2018 after looking at different options I saw the possibility of doing a big road trip along the southern coast of Western Australia and then going up the western coast of the state.
So while these IOTA’s aren’t ultra-rare 0-5% claimed groups, its still very important for us activators to visit the 15-25% claimed groups for the island chasers who have 300, 400, 500 or 600 islands claimed. If IOTA activators ignore the 10-25% claimed islands, then the IOTA program won’t grow.
OC-164 Rottnest Island: June 2 (VK5CE/6)
This IOTA is claimed by 23% of chasers. I wasn’t going to go here as I already have it and it’s very very easy for Perth hams to visit. So this island isn’t a real DXpedition, I just did a quick one day visit there to make a couple of hundred contacts.
OC-199 East Lewis Island: June 6-8 (VK5CE/6)
This IOTA is claimed by 18.3% of chasers and was last on the air in 2012. This is an uninhabited island protected by the Parks and Wildlife, Western Australian Government. A tent and generator operation was done here with verticals on the high tide of the beach.
49% on 40m, 22% on 20m, 20% on 15m, 9% on 17m.
43% with EU, 29% with AS, 19% with OC, 8% with NA.
OC-140 Thevenard Island: June 9-11 (VK5CE/6)
This IOTA is claimed by 17.4% of chasers and was last on the air in 2003. This island is just a few hundred km from OC-199 and propagation on both islands were very similar, statistics show better conditions to EU especially on 20m.
41% on 40m, 33% on 20m, 13% on 15m, 13% on 17m.
55% with EU, 19% with AS, 19% with OC, 6% with NA.
OC-193 Cheyne Island: June 15-18 QRT 2000 UTC (VK5CE/6)
This IOTA is claimed by 14.9% of chasers and was last on the air in 2007. This is an uninhabited island protected by the Parks and Wildlife, Western Australian Government. A tent and generator operation will be done here with verticals on the high tide of the beach, there is a water path on the short path to Europe and Asia and long path to North America.
45% on 20m, 41% on 40m, 6% on 17m, 5% on 15m, 3% on 30m. 96% SSB, 4% PSK31
56% with EU, 25% with AS, 9% with NA, 9% with OC.
OC-170 Woody Island: June 20 0400 UTC – 21 2000 UTC (VK5CE/6)
This IOTA is claimed by 23.1% of chasers and was last on the air in 2012. There is eco-camping available on the island and power exists from solar panels so I’ll be using my generator for electricity. The shack is not located on the beach and so as well as verticals, I’ll be using a Spiderbeam yagi for 20m/17m/15m.
46% on 40m, 44% on 20m, 8% on 17m, 2% on 15m.
59% with EU, 24% with AS, 8% with NA, 8% with OC.
OC-220 St Peter Island: June 27 – 28 (VK5CE/P)
This IOTA is claimed by 26.0% of chasers and the only reason I’m visiting this island is that it’s on the way home and I know someone who has a boat in Ceduna. I work in Ceduna 6 times a year and so this person can take me there. I know the island well as I conducted a major DXpedition there in 2015. I’m going there for a few days to do some aid work with the Aboriginal Community of Ceduna and maybe also Koonibba. This is just a short operation because remember I already did a DXpedition to OC-220 in 2015 and made 4200 QSOs in 3.5 days https://vkiota.wordpress.com/past-dxpeditions/oc-220-vk5ce-p-st-peter-island/
81% on 40m, 18% on 20m, 1% on 15m.
45% with EU, 20% with AS, 20% with OC, 15% with NA.
Icom IC-706MKIIG (spare radio)
Solid state amp – 400W
Honda EU10i generator
Spiderbeam yagi for 20m/17m/15m on 10m Spiderbeam mast
Quarter wave verticals for 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m (utilising Spiderbeam 12m fibreglass poles)
This 30 day operation involves 6 IOTA DXpeditions with 9600 km of driving. This will be a great adventure, I’ve never activated 6 IOTA in one trip ever before. Three islands are uninhabited so it will be a tent and generator operation on the high tide mark of the beach for OC-193 OC-199 and OC-220. For OC-140, OC-164 and OC-170 there is shelter and solar panel power available so it’ll need generator power. Each island is different and requires a different range of life support, power and antenna equipment. Therefore it is actually cheaper to drive my vehicle full of gear rather than fly. This add many more travel days and time away from home, family and work, but it ensures better signals and more control over the DXpedition.
QSL and Online Logs
Online logs will be updated regularly during the DXpeditions. Click the Club Log logos to see if you are in the log. For people sending in sponsorship before the DXpedition, you will automatically receive a QSL for all IOTA’s if you are in the log.
Just click on the above Club Log logos for direct QSL card requests (please see below for bureau)
Send US $3 and a self addressed envelope. IRC’s will not be accepted. If you send less than US$3 or an IRC, your card will go via the bureau. Send direct requests to Craig Edwards, PO Box 2160, Goolwa SA 5214, Australia
If you want a QSL card via the bureau, don’t request it via Club Log. I will send your card via the bureau once I receive your QSL card via the bureau.
For those people who are kind enough to send in a donation of US $5 or more prior to the start of the DXpedition then there is no need to request a QSL card. I will automatically send you QSLs directly if you’re in the OC-140, OC-164, OC-170, OC-193, OC-199 and/or OC-220 logs. Pre-DXpedition sponsors will also receive a special VK IOTA fridge magnet gift.
JA you can send your donation via Pay Pal to email@example.com