|VK9CZ 2019 - Latest news|
ITU Zone 54 CQ Zone 29 IOTA OC-003 Grid NH87jt Local time = GMT+6.5 hrs
VK9CZ 2019 - 160m to 10m - SSB, CW, FT8
Update 4th July 2019 - we've been testing our VK9CZ FT8 station - see below
Update 24th April 2019 - all our flights and accommodation are now booked.
VK9CZ 2019 operators Keith GM4YXI and Chris GM3WOJ are SSB and CW enthusiasts, so these modes will be the focus of our activity. We also realise that at this low point on the sunspot cycle, we cannot expect long openings on the higher bands like 12m and 10m (although we'll make sure we check these bands for propagation regularly each day). We'll be making a lot of effort to ensure that we have the best signal possible on 160m and 80m.
We are looking forward to entering the CQ WW CW Contest (Nov.23/24) as a Multi-Two entry. In CQ WW SSB 2017, VK9CZ was the winner of the 'World Multi-Op Contest Expedition' plaque, donated by Gail Sheehan K2RED (thanks Gail and CQ WW)
FT8 - I've been using the CWC Marathon callsign GB19CS to fully test our VK9CZ FT8 system. We know that VK9C will be an ATNO for many people on FT8, so we will run a separate 3rd station on FT8 - 24/7 if possible, using multi-channel MSHV (or WSJT-X with Quick Macros). Available TX power will probably limit us to two TX slots maximum - another limitation will be which antennas are available at any given time. We know that FT8 can be very effective on 160m and 80m under marginal propagation conditions. The internet connection at the VK9CZ QTH is not 100% reliable, so we will be using a new GPS-based time synchronisation system to keep our Datamodes laptop internal clock accurate enough for FT8 (but possibly not accurate enough for FT4?) By November 2019 there may be newer versions of all FT8/FT4 software of course.
Propagation - Thanks to Jari OH6BG for his special propagation app. Click the 'Propagation' button.
North Western Eu stations - we live in Scotland, so are fully aware of how difficult it can be to work DXpeditions from NW Europe. We will make every effort to work NW Eu stations through the pile-up of stronger SE Eu stations.
U.S. & VE stations - we are also very aware of how difficult it is to work VK9C from North America - especially East Coast USA and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. We will figure out when we have the opportunities to focus on NA.
New (under construction) - click on any of the blue buttons on the left for detailed reports from our previous DXpeditions. These new webpages are being updated with text and some photos a.s.a.p.
Finally - this is definitely not a 'holiday style' DXpedition - we need a holiday *after* the DXpedition, hi.