VP6A will broadcast from Ducie Island (OC-182) from 10. June to 24. June 2023 (actual dates will depend on the weather). Five stations will be on the air on all bands from 160 do 6 meters, which will work CW, SSB a FT8.
Remote station – RIB concept
After a successful test of remote operation on FO/AA7JV, where five remote station operators did more than 11 000 QSO, VP6A will apply this concept to an entire rare island DX expedition. Overall 14 operators from North America, of Europe and Asia will continuously operate a terrestrial remote station. There will be only three local operators on Ducie: W6IZT, KN4EEI to AA7JV. This small team will set up and maintain the stations and operate them locally from a nearby ship. They will visit the island once a day, to refuel the generators and perform necessary maintenance. In accordance with the concept of minimal footprint, there will be no camping on the island.
Remote station operators
9V1YC, AA1V, AA7A, CT1EEB, KY7M, KO8SCA, K1DG, K6GFJ, K6TD, K6MM, ND2T, N1DG, PY5EG, W1RM, W8HC.
Reasons for Radio In and Box operation
This will be the first full DX expedition using the RIB concept, which includes a large number of remote operators with a small footprint on a remote island. Four RIBs (Radio In a Box) will provide overall 5 of stations capable of continuous operation at 10 bands.
RIBs are equipped with complete stations with a power of up to 1 kW in a weatherproof enclosure, which enable remote station operation. These RIBs were developed with the support of the Northern California DX Foundation. The aim is to enable a new operating regime with minimal impact on the environment in environmentally sensitive areas. RIBs also speed up the installation of stations. This will allow our small team of three to build five stations, including antennas, in a relatively short time.
QSL ticket VP6A
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