the next VK IOTA DXpedition adventure
is in honour of the 25th anniversary of
the Russian Robinson Club
June 5-7 2018 – IOTA OC-199 East Lewis Island – claimed by 18.3%
June 8-12 2018 – IOTA OC-140 Direction Island – claimed by 17.4%
June 16-19 2018 – IOTA OC-193 Cheyne Island – claimed by 14.9%
June 20-22 2018 – IOTA OC-170 Woody Island – claimed by 23.1%
Thank you to the following sponsors
5B4AHJ (Alan) – DS5ACV (Ho) – K9YC (Jim) – N4II (Ed) – PT7WA (Luciano) – SM3DMP (Thomas)
$11 – $49
E72U (Vedad) – F-59706 (Patrick) – G4VMX (Tony) – JA6FIO (Sai) – JE7JIS (Hiro) – JG8IBY (Aki) – JH4DYP (Keizo) – JI3MJK (Toshi) – JO7KMB (Mac) – KJ3L (Jim) – KN7D (Val) – MI0SAI (Simon) – N5UR (Buzz) – N9BX (Bruce) – OE2VEL (Wolfgang) – OM7CA (Vladimir) – ON4CD/OR1R (Ghis) – ON7LX/ON7TK (Carine/Claude) – RJ3AA (Sergey) – RU3SD (Vasily) – RZ3EC (Eugene) – S57L (Janko) – SM6CMU (Ingemar) – VE3VHB (Mike) – W5VFO (Charles)
$5 – $10
DM3AZ (Arcady) – DS4DRE (Kang) – EU7A (Andei) – HA5AGS (Lajos) – JG1UKW (Toshi) – JO1CRA (Hide) -OK1AD (Laco) – RA3TAR (Slava) – RU3FM (Nikolay) – RU6B (Sergey) – RU9HM (Stanislav) – UA0CW (Vladimir) – UA3EDQ (Igor) – UA9YJO (Eugene) – US1UX (Yuriy) – UT3IW (Vit) – UW5IM (Andy) – UX2IQ (Alex) – WD8PKF (Alan)
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, 2015, 2016 and then the ultra-rare one 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 I’m working on now, but I’m not going to announce it until I get funding and permission to do it. I don’t want to announce something and then not follow through with the goods and disappoint and frustrate you.
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-199 East Lewis Island: June 5-7
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 will be done here with verticals on the high tide of the beach, there is a water path on the short path to Europe, Asia and North America.
OC-140 Direction Island: June 8-12
This IOTA is claimed by 17.4% of chasers and was last on the air in 2003. A shack exists on the island and I’ll be there on the island by myself. 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.
OC-193 Cheyne Island: June 16-19
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.
OC-170 Woody Island: June 20-22
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.
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 and 12m (utilising Spiderbeam 12m fibreglass poles)
This 30 day operation involves 4 IOTA DXpeditions with 9600 km of driving. This will be a great adventure, I’ve never activated 4 IOTA in one trip ever before. Two islands are uninhabited so it will be a tent and generator operation on the high tide mark of the beach for OC-193 and OC-199. For OC-140 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.
Propagation forecasts will be provided prior to the DXpedition tour
QSL and Online Logs
Online logs will be updated regularly. Click the Club Log logos to see 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 as I will automatically send you QSLs directly if you are in the OC-140, OC-170, OC-193 and/or OC-199 logs.
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