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CY9C Saint Paul Island News 11 May 2024

On May 16, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) will execute the formal written permit for the CY9C St Paul Island DXpedition. This permit will be for the small Northeast island of St Paul. The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans has jurisdiction over the small Northeast island. The Canadian Wildlife Service now has jurisdiction over the main island at St Paul. Our team has also submitted an application for the main island but has not heard back from the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Beginning the week of May 26, a week long work session for CY9C will take place in North Carolina. Team members W0GJ, W0PR and WA4DAN will meet up and go through and inventory all of the DXpedition gear. The plan is to erect the new operating tents, test and run the seven new Honda EU-2200i generators, assemble and test antennas and inventory all of the coaxial cables.

The St Paul Island CY9C DXpedition team will utilize two helicopters to transport gear and team members to the island. The team recently reached an agreement with a boat and its crew to also help transport gear for the DXpedition team.

With his vast DXpedition experience, Glenn Johnson W0GJ, has been appointed co-leader of the CY9C DXpedition team. Glenn brings a wealth of knowledge to our 2024 DXpedition effort and was such a key member of our 2023 CY0S DXpedition team. Thank you, Glenn!

That's all for now.

Murray WA4DAN

CY9C Saint Paul Island News 20 February 2024

Planning continues to go well for the CY9C DXpedition scheduled for August 26 - September 5, 2024. The team will be active on 160 - 6 meters including satellite and EME. The team plans to employ two helicopters to help facilitate the transporting of all of the gear and team members. One of the two helicopters will be used for heavy lifting and will be deployed before the DXpedition to transport the heavier items to the island. All operations will be from the Northeast Island of St Paul. This island has a small footprint and has no trees. There are no docking facilities on the island and the rocks surrounding the island present a significant challenge for a boat. The cost for this DXpedition is very significant and donations are welcome and appreciated. Donations can be made through our website.


Murray WA4DAN

CY9C Saint Paul Island News 18 April 2023

The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has agreed in principle to allow our team the opportunity to conduct another DXpedition to the small Northeast Island of St Paul. The CY9C DXpedition team received the good news on November 27th. The DFO will execute a license in June 2024 for our team to access St Paul Island. The target date for the DXpedition is now late August into early September 2024. Planning has been ongoing but the pace will quicken going into the new year. The nine team members are the core group that conducted the CY0S Sable Island DXpedition in March 2023. Antenna testing will commence just after January 1. This will be an all band, 160-2 meter "tent and generator" DXpedition. Detailed information is available on our website at: On the website are photos from our previous CY9C DXpeditions in 2016 and 2019, including a video from our 2019 DXpedition.


Murray Adams WA4DAN/CY9C.

CY9C Saint Paul Island News 18 April 2023

The CY0S team, along with members of the previous CY9C DXpeditions, is pleased to announce their plans to go back to St Paul Island CY9, in July/August 2024. Access to St Paul Island is only available in the two months of July and August. The larger, main island (Atlantic Cove site) is controlled by the Canadian Wildlife Service and is off-limits. DXpeditions can only be set up on the much smaller "Northeast" Island (Rock!). The CY9C team will once again have a helicopter available to access the Northeast Island as there is no dock or landing area for a boat. Much more information, including a website, will be available later this year and into 2024.

Murray WA4DAN

2024 St Paul Island CY9C DXpedition Team Leader

CY9C Saint Paul Island News 7 August 2019

Today is the last full day of operations. Operations will conclude tomorrow morning around 1300Z 8 August.
Team reports a fantastic day on 6m yesterday.

CY9C News 16 February 2019

CY9C St. Paul Island Detail planning in progress for August 1 - 11. We invite all to visit the website and watch the YouTube (full screen) as we accessed the island via helicopter in 2016. We're headed back to this site.
Information from Randy Rowe, N0TG.

CY9C News 4 April 2018

The [CY9C] dxpedition scheduled for August 1-9 has been cancelled. After considerable analysis and discussions as to expected band conditions, the "need-list" ranking significantly greater than 50, and in order for the team to achieve our goals for maximum Q's and ATNO(s), dx'ers would be better served if we postponed the dxpedition. We look forward to a future St. Paul dxpedition effort when conditions significantly improve.

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CY9C News 29 August 2016

The departure plans for the CY9C DXpedition team have been finalized. Limited operations have taken place at the Northeast Island this morning but will be shut down soon. The Atlantic Cove team has two stations operational until late this evening.

The team helicopter is flying this morning and will continue today as it is taking most of the electronics back to Dingwall. The boats will be coming to Atlantic Cove late this afternoon and loading a lot of the gear stored on the island.

Shortly after sunrise on Monday morning the boat will take the remaining ops and gear off the island officially closing the CY9C DXpedition.

The team reports approximately 60K contacts in the log. A final tally will take place after the conclusion of the DXpedition.

Today and tomorrow will be very hectic for the team but an update will take place Monday afternoon or evening.

It was a pleasure working the thousands of deserving DX'ers.


Murray WA4DAN

CY9C News 28 August 2016 WA4DAN

Departure plans from St Paul Island have come into better focus this afternoon. The plans are for the Northeast Island team to depart the island on Sunday morning. Some of the Atlantic Cove team will also be departing their island on Sunday. Three operators will remain at the Atlantic Cove site until Monday morning. Three boats from Dingwall will arrive and loading of all of the gear will take place. The three operators who remain on the island will stay active on the bands until first light on Monday (0900). Several antennas will remain active including the Battle Creek Special antenna. Emphasis will be placed on 160 meters.
The total QSO count as of this morning is 56,789.
One more update will be issued on Sunday morning as the plans are all weather dependent.
Murray WA4DAN

CY9C News 28 August 2016

The CY9C team is nearing 55K contacts in the log as of 1200Z on Saturday, August 27. Operations are continuing as both islands have multiple stations on the air.
St Paul was hit by an intense thunderstorm at 0300Z this morning. Operations were disrupted but all is up and running this morning.
Because of impending bad weather on Monday, departure from St Paul will be a day early and will occur on Sunday. Operations will shut down sometime Saturday evening or very early Sunday morning. This is a fluid situation so we will update as necessary.
The team is tired but otherwise in good spirits.
Murray WA4DAN

CY9C News 27 August 2016

I experienced one of the most beautiful and most intense thunderstorms of my entire life last night. Once we realized a storm was approaching from the west, we disconnected all the feedlines and just watched it for 10 minutes. Lightning was flashing everywhere, and bolts were hitting the water.

And then the rain started and it was like someone was dumping an entire city reservoir on my tent. I stayed dry, Will, AA4NC got a littke damp, but Ray, W2RE’s tent got soaked. His stuff is drying out on the dock.

Despite the storm and the 59+30 crashes, I managed to pull out about 40-50 160m phone contacts out of the noise last night. Ray and I are going to switch off doing 160m CW and phone tonight and see how many more we can get.

Alas, though, the weather forecast for Monday (Aug. 29) is rain all day, which would make tearing down and flying back to the mainland nearly impossible, so we’re going to start breaking camp tomorrow morning and we’ll be gone from the North East Point by tomorrow evening. The Atlantic Cove crew will be leaving the island tomorrow, with the exception of one or two guys who will supervise the loading of the boat on Monday (subject to change, the boat may come tomorrow instead).

THIS WILL BE OUR LAST FULL OPERATING DAY. I’m going to try to get logs from Atlantic today and do a log dump, and then I’ll do the last ClubLog dump once we’re all on the mainland and I’ve got the last logs, then it’s all going to Murray, WA4DAN for processing.

I’ll post one final update once I’m on the mainland. 73 for now de VA3QR/CY9.

CY9C News 26 August 2016

As of 1200Z Friday morning the CY9C DXpedition team has totaled 45,000 Q's in the log. The team is pushing hard for 50K Q's. Band conditions are average but a few Europeans were worked on 12 meters this morning. Ten meters is checked everyday and CQ'S are made on 28.395. So far there has been one day of short skip on ten. The team is using a Hygain 5 - element 10 meter monobander.

The weather has turned rotten again with rain and wind. Plans are being readied for the breakdown of the two island camps later in the afternoon on Sunday. Operations will continue until that time.

The helicopter is off the island right now. Weather conditions will determine when it returns.

Both teams are doing well. Propagation will determine the operating strategy until shutdown.


Murray WA4DAN

CY9C News from WA4DAN 25 August 2016

The weather and band conditions greatly improved for the CY9C DXpedition team on Wednesday. 10, 12 and 15 meters were open and the team took advantage of the improved conditions. As of Thursday morning, the CY9C team reported approximately 38K QSO's in the log.

On Wednesday the team EMT on Dingwall flew to the island and checked each operator. All operators were in good condition.

The team will emphasize 10, 12 and 15 meters if the band conditions allow.

Murray WA4DAN

CY9C News 25 August 2016

Team North at 1400z has made 22,000 Qso's so far of the 35k. This team is working hard! We are now having dinner which was flown in on the copter from Dingwall by N2IEN. (Photo)
Lee WW2DX made 800 Qso's on 6m today. Will Roberts AA4NC and I have been hitting 10/12/17 hard today.

Saint Paul Island CY9C DX Pedition Team North

CY9C News 24 August 2016

The CY9C team surpassed the 30K Q total on Tuesday. Band conditions improved and the team took advantage of the conditions. 15 meters opened and Europeans were added to the log on that band. Due to the high winds on Tuesday, the team made repairs to one antenna and moved another antenna. Weather conditions on Wednesday morning are good and the team is encouraged. Depending on sea conditions, a boat may arrive today to take any unneeded equipment and materials back to Dingwall.

The team is able to have two stations on the same band and same mode. The distance between the Northeast Island and Atlantic Cove, and the terrain of the island, make that possible.

Additional updates will be issued as needed.


Murray WA4DAN

CY9C News 23 August 2016

The CY9C DXpedition team continues to work the pileups. The team reports no propagation on 10-15 meters. Propagation on the other bands is a challenge but the team is doing their best to add as many contacts as possible to the log. All antennas are built and operational. Weather has been a factor with winds and rain. The team has settled into a daily routine and working the bands that are open.

Due to unexpected issues, real time logging to Clublog will not be possible.

Updates will be issued as needed.

73 Murray WA4DAN

CY9C News 22 August 2016

Saint Paul Island CY9C Antenna
I was on 160m last night and ran over 300 Q's in three hours. 50/50 Eu and NA. We have a full size vertical with over 100 radials within less than 100' to ocean. 130' wire off high support into commercial ground system. I plan to be back on at 0200z
73 Ray VA3QR

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Saint Paul Island CY9C EME Antenna damaged

CY9C News 20 August 2016

Three tons of gear were successfully transported to the St Paul team on Friday. This was accomplished using two boats and seven helicopter runs to the island. Another boat is scheduled to transport additional gear this afternoon. At least two helicopter runs are scheduled later this morning.
We hope to have both islands fully supplied by late afternoon/early evening on Saturday. The Northeast Island team is essentially supplied while the Atlantic Cove team still needs essential gear.

We hope to have both sites fully operational by Saturday evening. Weather is marginal today so we will have to wait to hear from the boat captain and the helicopter crew.

All team members are on St Paul except for WA4DAN who is assisting with the helicopter and boat logistics. The helicopter is stationed on the Northeast Island for the duration of the DXpedition. The team expresses it's gratitude to the tireless efforts of the helicopter and boat crews in this massive effort.

More updates will be issued as needed.

Murray WA4DAN

CY9C News 19 August 2016

The CY9C DXpedition team made it to St Paul yesterday with very limited equipment. WA4DAN and VA3QR are in Dingwall handling logistics and sorting gear for transport to the island. Unfortunately, both St Paul and Dingwall have been raked with thunderstorms overnight and this morning. At 1130Z this morning, two boats departed the docks in Dingwall with several thousand pounds of gear. Because of the rough sea conditions, it is not certain that a landing will be possible. The area is still experiencing heavy rain and sharp lightning.

The helicopter is grounded until the weather improves. All of the radio gear will be transported via the helicopter. Hopefully that will occur later this morning or early afternoon.

We will keep everyone updated. Right now we just need better sea conditions and VFR weather for the helicopter.

CY9C News 17 August 2016

Hey Guys-

The CY9C team is all assembled in Dingwall, Nova Scotia. We are currently configuring all of the laptops.

The helicopter is in position on the grounds of the motel that overlooks the water. We have a view of St Paul on the horizon.

It rained all night and we continue to have light rain. The weather forecast for tomorrow looks outstanding. Hopefully the forecast holds!


Murray WA4DAN

CY9C News 11 May 2016

Additional operators have been added to the DXpedition team and assigned to the Northeast Point site. This brings the total number of operators to 11. Joining the team are the following:

WW2DX, Lee, who will include 2 Meter EME, Satellite, and 6 meters to the DXpedition operation. RTTY from this site will be provided by N2IEN, Pat, and W2RE, Ray, will be adding to the SSB operation. This completes the staffing for 11 operators total. Northeast Site with 5 operators assigned and Atlantic Cove 6 operators.

CY9C News

As was reported previously, we will have two separate sites...separated approximately 1.5 miles.

Site 1 will be the Atlantic Cove site with 6 operators. We will try to keep 4 - 5 radios running and more if 12/10m opens. Our plan is to have a RTTY station active at all times. From this site 160 will be given lots of attention with the Battle Creek Special antenna.

Site 2 - the Northeast Point separate island will be enhanced to include 4 -5 operators active at all times, thus the dxpedition in total can potentially have 8 -10 radios working most of the time. We are seriously considering 6m EME and Satellite, however, we need to work out the planning details. And, as always, budget matters are a significant consideration as we expand operations. We appreciate the support by many to date. The desire is to make this a very complete operation that will offer fun and meeting needs for all interests.

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