Update 2014-10-30

Some news from the Island.

Team members are trying not to ignore any directions or propagation windows. They observe DX Clusters if possible. They noted some comments about ignoring SA or VK directions. Dear Friends, it is not truth.

In fact the very basic problem is that the QTH is separated from SA and VK by a few hundred metres high volcano rocks. VK9XSP can work stations from these difficult directions but very often SA or VK are not able to hear our signals. Team members were looking for a second QTH, with open direction to SA or VK. Unfortunately there is no such place with electric power and VK9XSP DXpedition has no power generators.

To work SA or VK with comfort and without problems it is necessary to locate the station on the other side of the Island – it will be good for SA/VK but of course such a QTH will be completely separated from other directions.

Step by step our DXpedition is coming to the end. The Team can still observe very good propagation to NA right after their sunrise and propagation window usually lasts for two hours. Then there is complete propagation blackout for some hours. Team members used these no-propagation periods to visit some interesting places on the Christmas Island.

The Team is in touch with the local Tourist Agency and they mentioned our DXpedition on their FaceBook page. Please visit: Christmas Tourism.

As we informed earlier – we are not able to make any corrections in our log. However we collect all requests and all of them will be reviewed after the DXpedition. Some requests are posted as comments on our website, some are sent to our Pilot Station SP5UAF – all questions and requests are forwarded to the Team Leader – Wlodek SP6EQZ. In the meantime if your are not sure about your QSO or if you can’t find your QSO in the online log, please work VK9XSP if only possible.

Some new pictures from the Christmas Island were uploaded to our Picture Gallery. Please visit: http://zoom.dxing.pl/index.php/SPDXING/VK9XSP

Update 2014-10-29

Two new pictures from the Island. We have also published a picture gallery. Your are welcome to see more pictures at: http://zoom.dxing.pl/index.php/SPDXING/VK9XSP and leave comments.

Team VK9XSP

L-R: SP3CYY, SP3GEM, SP9FOW, SP6FXY, SP6EQZ, SP6IXF, SP2EBG, SP2GKS

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VK9XSP Antennas

We have also updated the list of our great sponsors. Thanks for your great support. We really appreciate it. Let us mention all of theme here:

  • Individual: 3Z6AEF, DD5ZZ, DJ0IF, DJ9KAI, DK4YF, DL4FCS, DL9GFB, DM2XO, F6IIT, G0JHC, G3PQA, HA5JI, IN3VZE, JA5AQC, K3SX, K6XT & W0MOE, KE1JF, KG2KJ, KK4OK & KK4OW, KY5I, N0VVV, N3XOF, N7EYG, NG0G, NJ6P, OE1PPA, OH5EAB, SP2FAX, SP2GJV, SP2JEB, SP3CCR, SP3CHT, SP3FZN, SP3J, SP3NYU, SP4BEU, SP4ETO, SP4JFR, SP4LVK & SQ4NJO, SP5CFD, SP5ELA, SP5GMM, SP5LCS, SP5PBE, SP5UAF, SP5WA, SP5XMU, SP6AZM, SP6BCC, SP6IXU, SP6JIU, SP6LUT/DL1GLO, SP6T, SP7CBG, SP7CVW, SP7SP, SP7UWL, SP8AJK, SP8NR, SP9BWA, SP9CTW, SP9FKQ, SP9GR, SP9JZU, SP9KR, SP9OHP, SP9PT, SP9RCL, SP9VFD, SQ2BNM, SQ2PHG, SQ3WW, SQ5JUP, SQ6NEJ, SQ7FPH, SQ7NSM, SQ9CNC, VE3AWF, VE3LUZ, VE7VIB, VK2MI, VK6DXI, W0MOE, W2LO, W5GAI, W5VY, WE7K.
  • Institutional/Clubs: Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK), SP DX Club, OT-01 Field District of the PZK, Eastern Iowa DX Association, Greater Milwaukee DX Association, Nippon DX Association, SP-QRO, ALFA-SPID Antenna Rotators, Cool QSL, SP7GXP Antennas, SP2YWL – Galeon Club Team.

Please visit websites of our institutional supporters. Links are listed on the right (after clicking on a logo).

 

Update, 2014-10-27

VK9XSP took part in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest, making about 4.000 QSOs (mostly on higher bands). Most of the time there was one station active in the contest.

We could observe a kind of propagation blackout on Monday. We were trying 40 meters during the night after the contest but bands were very, very noisy. We could hear stations calling but it was very hard to copy and complete callsigns. Then right after our sunrise we had propagation opening to the U.S.A. on bands 17m – 10m and then there was complete propagation blackout and we could here no stations for some hours (regardless of a band). Then bands seemed to open again.

We are trying 6 meters but no QSOs on the magic band so far.

Update, 2014-10-24

Team members are in good shape and all operating positions work 24 hours a day. There are many requests for band or mode. Thanks very much for all suggestions. We do our best however we know it is impossible to satisfy everyone. Below are some pictures from our QTH.

VK9XSP antennas. From the left: phased 2el 40m, VDA, 17m/12m, spiderbeam, VDA 15m/10m. Phased 2el 80m and GP 160m are located on the cliff

VK9XSP antennas. From the left: phased 2el 40m, VDA, 17m/12m, spiderbeam, VDA 15m/10m. Phased 2el 80m and GP 160m are located on the cliff

Janusz SP6IXF caught a big fish. We have enough meal for the next week.

Janusz SP6IXF caught a big fish. We have enough meal for the next week.

Our ubiquitous friends..

Our ubiquitous friends..

Monday, 2014-10-20

Today in the morning (VK9X time) we built our 2el vertical array for 80 meters. In the evening we will build 2el vertical for 40 meters. The sun is so stron that it is almost impossible to work outside during the day.

Local conditions are difficult for the eastern regions of the USA. We have a high rocky mounts on the LP direction. In practice only SP directions can be used.

We started our Top Band operation yesterday and we worked many old and new friends. Thanks for so many good reports. We know that TB signal was quite strong in the US West Coast. We also worked many HAM friends from Poland and the first one was Chris SP7GIQ (SN7Q).

Now our beverage antennas are ready and we will be able to work more effectively on low bands.

The first batch of QSOs was uploaded to the ClubLog (the link to our ClubLog is in the right panel). Please keep in mind that there will be NO log corrections during the DXpedition. So please do not ask to make corrections in the log. We just have no time for such things during the DXpedition. If your are not in the log, call VK9XSP again.

Sunday, 2014-10-19

Today since the early morning we were working very hard with the antennas and operating positions. The sun was shining very strong and it made us even more tired at the end of the day.

We have one spiderbeam,VDA for 17m/12m, GP7 mutiband vertical (40 – 10 m) and 160m vertical. The top band antenna is located rigth at the Ocean and we hope it will work very good.

Four stations are ready and running. Tomorrow we are going to build verticals for 80m and 40m.

VK9XSP is active…

After a night spent in Singapore we were waiting for the flight to the Christmas Island. The plane was to start at 14:00 but there was a delay (3 hours) as the weather conditions were still bad. But finally we started our flight to VK9X.

Clouds were very, very low and it was not sure if it will be possible to land on VK9X. But finally everything was OK and we reached the destination airport on VK9X. The car was waiting for us there and everything on the island was perfectly organized by the tourist agency.

Right after coming to our QTH we started to build our antennas and operating positions. One station started operation very quickly (as you probably saw on bands and clusters). Other operating positions will be ready very soon.