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VK9CK Cocos Keeling Islands

LB2TB, LA7GNA, LB1GB, LA9DFA will be active from Cocos (Keeling) Islands (IOTA OC-003) 15 - 26 March 2016 as VK9CK.
They will operate on 160 - 10m CW, SSB, RTTY.
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VK9CK News 24 March 2016

Today, Thursday 24th, we will be fully operational as normal. There will be a change for low band operation. The Team has decided to end operation on 160M after our SS today. This decision is taken due to lack of QSO's and conditions. We're sorry for the low QSO-count on 160M so far. We've tried to be there for many nights now -. learning a lot and having a hard time to keep awake, listening to nothing.
After our SS - we will be on 80 meters until after our SR (2330-2345z today).
Tomorrow, Friday 25th, will be a bit shorter than expected. The plane takes us to Perth early Saturday morning. Check-In at 0630 LOCAL TIME. That means we have to take down most antennas tomorrow in our daylight time. However, we will leave 1 rig (100W) and our 30M vertical operative until about 1800z - with sporadic operation only.
A final "QRT-message" will be written on this web-page
73 DipperDX

VK9CK News 20 March 2016

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.
LB2TB, Lars

VK9CK News 19 March 2016

Had just a chat with LB2TB Lars and he could tell that they are ready for NA / SA. They have figured out the challenges with conditions and RX antennas and they use TX antenna also as RX.
He could tell that they have already run multiple contacts at 160 meters. VK9CK team have now 10,000 QSO's !! in log.
Clublog and LoTW updates go as planned about once a day. Internet connection is poor.
73s de Rune, LA6YIA
Home Team Pilot

VK9CK News 8 March 2016

Bjorn, LB1GB will be active in Russian DX Contest RDXC as VK9/LB1GB.

News VK9CK 2 March 2016 Earthquake

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Indonesia. The shallow quake, which hit southwest of the island of Sumatra on Wednesday, had a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles).

The epicenter was located 849km (528mi) NNW of West Island, Cocos Islands.

News VK9CK 21 January 2016

Besides the normal CW & SSB activity on higher bands, there will be a focus on low bands.
VK9C is quite high up on the most wanted list when looking at 80M and 160M activity.
We will pay attention to the difficult parts of the world from Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
US East Coast beeing almost the "antipode" is probably the most difficult path with very short openings. Special attention will be given. Please respect when we say US EAST ONLY. Not only along the coastline, but "East". All others will be worked, when we are through the short openings.
We have also received requests from South America to pay attention.
Europe and Asia will have greater opportunities. We might focus on Central Asia and Central Russia as well. At those times we may ask Japan to stand by. Europe will be a challenge too. Working eastern europe, and not hearing west or north europe. Please also respect when we ask for West or northern europe.
And, please, do not call on top of stations being worked! This will slow down the qso rate severely.
RTTY will also receive attention.
Want to get in the log? - Follow the DX Code of Conduct !
73 Lars LB2TB

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Rating: 5 of 5
Doug Waller
  • Callsign: NX4D
  • 2016-01-23 02:46:30
Very exciting DX'pedition! 4W6A made it to Florida on 160m, so there is a good chance you guys can make it too. Cocos Keeling is extremely rare on the Top Band. Good luck. 73, Doug / NX4D
Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: LB1GB
  • 2015-10-26 12:18:56
In mid October we met at a house on Hvaler(EU-061) for further planning and testing of some of the equipment we are bringing along. The folding Hex beam is looking promising. From the picture attached it might look like a pain to put up, but it was quite easy to unfold. First setup and tuning will take you hours but after that it's a breeze. A K3 and KPA500 was also set up for testing and a few QSO was made. All ops where at the meeting: LA6YIA Rune, LA9DFA Morten, LB1GB Bjorn and LB2TB Lars.

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