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W8S Swains Island

W8S Team will be active from Swains Island, IOTA OC - 200, 10 - 25 March 2020.
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They will operate on All HF Bands, CW, SSB, FT8, RTTY.
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W8S Swains Island News 20 January 2020

50 days to go…
The preparations are part of the fun too.
An amazing load of work is done by all team members. Antennas, hardware, software, the camp set up, medical wellbeing, transportation, satellite connections, inter camp communication, operating schedules, vaccinations to name just a few….

Yesterday we had a video conference call between all international team members to discuss the final loose ends. All lights are green.

The European members will depart from Amsterdam and Frankfurt on Saturday 7 March. Flying through Singapore, new Zealand and Samoa to their neighbouring islands American Samoa. Our American members will depart the same weekend to meet up in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

The vessel Manu’Atele will bring us to the Swains atoll. This will be a 24 hour journey. Landing on the island will be done by smaller boats at high tide to minimize reef issues. A serious challenge. Think of all the radio equipment, antenna materials, tents, generators, fuel and food for two weeks. The ship will leave after landing. Hopefully picking the team up again after 14 days.

W8S Swains Island News 27 December 2019

Everything is on schedule for our Swains DXpedition.

Last month Martin PA4WM en Gerben PG5M have been working on the antennas for Swains. After some small design changes, the antennas are ready now (thanks to Dado E74AW for helping with the 160m antenna).

We also have collected a lot of other equipment en tools. We were in doubt if everything would fit in the 3 boxes we created especially for this adventure.

This morning we started packing all the equipment. At the end of the afternoon we were ready. Luckily everything fitted in the boxes: 14 RX/TX antennas, 800 meters of coax-cable, 2.4 KM of radials, bandpass filters, power supplies and tools were packed in the boxes.

The boxes are ready for transport, the total weight is approx. 200 KG.

Within 3 weeks we will transport it to American Samoa.

After finishing this phase of our project we will now focus on the next phase the radio and computer equipment.

The whole team is looking forward to activate Swains Island as W8S.


Ronald Stuy, PA3EWP

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Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: VK4MAP
  • 2020-01-21 04:25:20
I hope this won't impact the team on this very exciting dx adventure...
Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: OH4SS
  • 2019-12-28 05:17:37
Nice countryside cabin, hi. I look forward to that good signal.
Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: W4CWL
  • 2019-10-23 09:55:42
1x1 callsigns aren't my favorite, but I need Swains, so GOOD LUCK GUYS!
Rating: 5 of 5
Dave Church
  • Callsign: WA2HZR
  • 2019-09-25 07:07:16
Why can't you guys come up with a better Prefix than W8S. How about WH8, AH8, NH8 ??????
Rating: 5 of 5
Dave Church
  • Callsign: WA2HZR
  • 2019-09-25 07:03:56
Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: ON4SV
  • 2019-09-22 11:25:52