Update 14th April 2015:
Final planning is well underway and the team is keen to get to the island. We’ll have at least one station operating before nightfall on the 24th April local time. At first light on the Saturday we’ll complete the setup of remaining antennas and plan to have up to three stations covering all bands from 160m through 10m. If time allows, we’ll setup an antenna for 6m; watch our website for news once we’re on the island.
AX9NT – Special Prefix Activation for ANZAC Day
The VK9NT Team will be using the alternate prefix AX9 in commemoration of the ANZACs
“The major commemoration is on the 25th April 2015 which is when Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli, marking 100 years since our nation’s involvement in WWI.
The ANZAC Centenary is a milestone of special significance for all Australians. The WWI helped define us as people and as a nation. During the ANZAC Centenary we remember not only the original ANZACs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women.
The ANZAC Centenary Program takes in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved. The program of commemoration activities aims to give all the opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice of all those who have worn our nation’s uniform, including the more than 102,000 who have made the supreme sacrifice.
The commemoration encourages all radio amateurs to reflect upon and learn more about Australia’s wartime involvement, the costs and its impacts on our nation.” (WIA Website http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/anzaccentenary/about/ )
AX9NT will be active from 0001 25 April 2015 UTC for 24 hours only. A special QSL Card will be designed and available to all radio amateurs will make a valid contact with us.
QSL routes are listed on our website – please follow QSL instructions. http://vk9nt.odxg.org
Mt Bates VK9/NO-001. Team members will activate Mt Bates, VK9/NO-001 with their home callsigns (listen for VK3QB/9). The activation will most likely be on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd of May but, as with previous years, will be weather dependent. Watch for updates via the web.
Jacky Jacky VK9/NO-002. The team has researched the viability of activating Jacky Jacky, a small peak at 280 masl located on Philip Island, approximately 1 km south of Norfolk Island. We have plans in place to activate Jacky Jacky but the key consideration is team safety and local weather conditions. The decision to activate Jacky Jacky can only be made once we are on the island and will be made with 12-24 hours notice. The key determinant is the local weather conditions as access to the island is by small boat only; and with an extremely limited window of availability (daylight hours only) and safe mooring requirements. Norfolk Island and Philip Island both have only fair weather mooring facilities and the weather can turn quite quickly.
Should we be able to proceed with these plans, we will be chartering a vessel for private use and are required to also hire a guide to assist us in climbing the peak. The cost is likely to be in the vicinity of $700-1,000 to activate Jacky Jacky. Any donations will be gratefully accepted. Watch the web (and our website) for news once we are on the island. We should be able to provide at least 12 hours notice of this activation and will advise the frequencies and UTC times for the operation. Again, we’ll be using home callsigns for this activation.
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On completion of the DXpedition, we’ll provide our logs to the Australian co-ordinator for uploading to the WWFF Awards program.
For all other news regarding VK9NT, please visit our web site. We look forward to working you and hope you are able to get us in the log.
Good DX from the VK9NT Team.