KD6WW and K9AJ will be active from Flaherty Island, Belcher Islands, IOTA NA - 159, 26 - 29 August 2016 as KD6WW/VY0 and K9AJ/VY0.
They will operate on HF Bands.
KD6WW/VY0 K9AJ/VY0 News 26 August 2016
K9AJ, Mike, and KD6WW, Bruce, have arrived safely and expect to take a boat to NA-159 today about 1500. The two expect to be QRV as K9AJ/VY0 and KD6WW/VY0 shortly after arriving.
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We have a new captain (Peter). He was originally the second guy. It is too late to get to NA-159 before sunset (2200 local). So we will stay another night in the hotel. Peter will pick us up at 6am tomorrow & we should be on our way by 7am. We expect the trip to take 4 - 5 hours. We will have another second crew member. Winds are supposed to diminish by tomorrow & wx forecast is good.
We would ask the IOTA Chasers to please not call us if you already have credit for NA-196.
Pilot Bruce N9BX.
Information from Mike, K9AJ:
After six months of phone communication w/ officials in Sanikiluaq (capital of Belcher Islands), we have found a boat & guide to take us to NA-159.
I'm sorry for this relatively late announcement, but we only received the contact info for our boat captain on Aug 5 & I only was able to make phone contact w/ him today & confirmed our charter.
We plan to operate from the same island as Martin, G3ZAY (NU2L/VE8). It is the most south west island in the King George Islands group. This island is un-named on most maps but we will have a GPS to establish that we are in the King George Islands group.
We arrive in Sanikiluaq on Aug 25 & plan to be on NA-159 & QRV on Aug 26-29.
We will have two stations & plan to be QRV during most of our awake hours. Based on recent operations from the north latitudes, we will favor CW & SSB on 30m, 20m & 17m. Our callsigns will be KD6WW/VY0 & K9AJ/VY0. We have not yet decided whether our callsigns will define the operator or be mode specific (we have done both on past DXpeditions).
I will have an Iridium sat phone & N9BX will be our contact/pilot guy.
There is the possibility of a brief operation from Sanikiluaq (NA-196) on Aug 29. We will not know whether this is possible until after we arrive.
We will have on-line logs & OQRS after the operation.
Like all DXpeditions to the far North regions, this will be a very expensive trip. We would welcome & appreciate support from the IOTA chaser community. You can use PayPal to K9AJ (email@example.com). Please be sure your call sign is listed in the memo box. If we don't succeed in our project, all contributions will be refunded.
Sanikiluaq, Flaherty Island, Belcher Islands. Author - Murray Dewing.
Sanikiluaq, Flaherty Island, Belcher Islands. Author - Tristan Nano.