Cocos (Keeling) Islands 2016

VK9CK News

Lars, LB2TB wrote this summary today about the operation so far.

The team is having a 100 percent focus on North America all the time since arriving on the Island. First 2 days was not fully operational due to a lot of antenna-work and re-work due to property restrictions. 3 man working – 1 man operating radio. He sticked to one band at a time to in order to get started.

We went on the air at approx 2330Z on the 15th of March. We worked everyone without any priority to continent for two first full days. We had to do this to get a feeling of what the condx was all about.

Since Friday, we’ve been focusing on working NA at the mentioned times. We are aware of this. The choice of bands and frequencies will vary on the higher bands, but narrows on the lower bands. We had a great run on 20M SSB deep into US and Canada on our Friday evening. Working ONLY NA, while EU was waiting endlessly.We were also QRV on 2 other bands at the same time on CW.

We were on 80M in the same window-frame. Made only a couple of West Coast QSO’s due to quite poor conditions.

Yesterday (Saturday) made problems for us. The RDXC contest was on and condx dropped considerably during our afternoon. Leaving us with bad openings to the US on the higher bands. 17M was good for a short while at about 1500z. Fortunately our low-band operator managed to get more W6/W7 in the log on 80M at around 1030-1130z. The contest (QRM from Russia) made it very difficult to even find a frequency to stay on. Working split beeing impossible because of our low QSO-rate.

On 160M we have worked very few contacts. Beeing QRV all night to meet the demand for operation on this band. One operator has been calling CQ a million times in order to get 40-50 QSO’s in the log. Even with help from the KST-chat. We are monitoring the KST-chat in order to get informed and get feedback about signal strength. 2 US West Coast in log. Nothing from East Coast. And Yes, we’ve been in close contact through the KST-chat in order to maximize the outcome. Knowing that East Coast are listening.

Regarding the message about noise on 160/80. It seemed like we had a “high” noisefloor and no signals. Our beverage did not work as expected – producing no difference in noisefloor. No way to compare other than listening to MW Radio. Our Inverted-L (mainly TX-ant) is producing nice signals. The conditions are improving – expecting even better upcoming days. Beverages on salty soil and close to the ocean is not very often a success – we’ve learned in the aftermath.

We will try to have 2 stations running during our nighttime to give a steady signal on 40/30 to more parts of the world. We will also switch to 80M more often in order to give more QSO’s

I am sure there was spots about our operations into the US. I can’t believe it was not.

We will try to be on 40/30 during night time. Please remember – we are a 4 man crew. Sleep is necessary too.

DipperDX

LB2TB, Lars

One thought on “VK9CK News

  1. Al Baker W5IZ

    Please operate 160 meters from your sunset for at least an hour and a half. Our sunrise comes during this time and is the most likely time we will be able to work this rare dx. We listened on 21 March but found no VK9 activity on 160 although DU, BV and many JA were worked.

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