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TX0T Tatakoto Atoll

Cezar, VE3LYC inform, that he will be active as TX0T from Tatakoto Atoll, IOTA OC - 298, French Polynesia, 29 October - 5 November 2020.
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He will operate on 40, 30, 20, 17m, CW, SSB, FT8.TX0T Log search
-Two ICOM IC-7000 transceivers (one for spare)
-Two multiband verticals (one for spare)
-Two telescopic fiberglass masts (one for spare)
-One Elecraft KPA500 amplifier
-Power supply
QSL via VE3LYC direct, ClubLog OQRS, LOTW.
Ads for direct QSL:
Cezar Trifu, 4986 Bath Road, Bath, ON, K0H 1G0, Canada.
DXCC Country - French Polynesia, FO.
Information from Cezar:
Tatakoto is an atoll of about 14 km by 5 km, with a fully enclosed lagoon and lots of motu. The village has about 260 residents, and covers an area of about 1.5 x 0.5 km. It is the only counter of OC-298 IOTA reference, which still awaits its first operation after becoming a “New One” in June 2019.
I will drive my own car to Ottawa and park it at the airport parking lot. Subsequently, I will fly from Ottawa to Washington DC and overnight there. Then, I will continue my travel to San Francisco, and from there to Papeete. I am required to take a Covid-19 test in Canada 72 hours prior to boarding the flight out of Ottawa. Then, I am required to undertake another Covid-19 test in Papeete, prior to traveling to Tatakoto. Local Covid-19 regulations in French Polynesia and the fact that there is no testing facility on the little atoll makes is necessary for me to arrive in Papeete 6 days prior to my flight to Tatakoto. There are only four flights to Tatakoto this year, with the one on Oct 29 is the first and the only one which will allow me to remain on the island less than 2 weeks. Tatakoto is not a touristic
destination within French Polynesia, but I will be exceptionally provided with accommodation and food by the village during my stay on the island.
I am scheduled to arrive at Tatakoto on Oct 29, and depart on Nov 5. Following the return to Papeete, I will depart that evening to San Francisco, and from there will fly to Toronto and then Ottawa, from where I will pick up the car and return home.

Alain Claverie, F2HE was active from Tatakoto Atoll as FO0CLA.

TX0T Tatakoto Atoll News 14 October 2020

All equipment has been tested and performed as designed. While I do not intend to operate FT8 if propagation conditions allow for CW/SSB contacts, I have included a contingency for it, in case of unforeseen major solar disturbance that would seriously affect communication using these modes.

TX0T Tatakoto Atoll 10 October 2020

The operation will be conducted from CH02sp grid square (~17.3428 S, 138.4500 W), which you should use when checking the forecast for propagation conditions at your location.

TX0T Tatakoto Atoll News 30 September 2020

All donors will automatically by mailed QSL cards directly if they made the log. Additionally, they will benefit from their contacts being uploaded and available for QSO matching 30 days after the expedition.

I will be working with Alfio (IT9EJW), who will do the QSL design and printing, to ensure that direct QSL requests will be mailed by early January 2021. Meanwhile, the respective contacts will also be uploaded and available for QSO matching within 60 days of the operation.

Tatakoto Atoll, Tuamotu, French Polynesia

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TX0T Tatakoto Atoll. Sunrise 10-19-2020 at 14:40 GMT sunset at 03:16 GMT
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