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VK9CZ 2019 - 160m to 10m - SSB, CW, FT8
Update 13th September 2019 - today we finally secured our VK9CZ licence for the DXpedition - hooray! The application process has been changed since our 2017 activation, and is no longer administered by WIA. We applied back in February, yes, 7 months ago, to the AMC which is based in Tasmania for our 'letter of callsign recommendation'. This letter is required to submit to the licensing authority ACMA, with the licence fee, to get the licence document. We received our letter of recommendation only a couple of weeks ago. ACMA were much more efficient and we were excited to be issued yesterday with a 'VL9CZ' licence, rather than the requested 'VK9CZ', but when we checked with ACMA, they confirmed it should be VK9CZ....
Update 23rd 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, John K1AR and CQ WW)
FT8 - We know that VK9C will be an ATNO for many people on FT8, so we will run a separate 3rd station on FT8 - using WSJT-X F/H or MSHV. One limitation will be which antennas are available at any given time. FT8 can be very effective on 160m and 80m under marginal propagation conditions. We like how speedy FT4 is compared to FT8.
The internet connection at the VK9CZ QTH is not 100% reliable, so we have a new GPS-based time synchronisation system to keep our Datamodes laptop internal clock accurate enough for FT4 and FT8. Click here to read about this timing system. (By November 2019 there may be newer versions of all FT4/FT8 software of course)
We'll keep clear of the 'normal' FT4 and FT8 frequencies - I'll post a list of our FT4 and FT8 frequencies here before we leave......
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.
(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.