ZL9HR – Campbell Island Dxpedition

    UPDATE

    September 20, 2012 – The ZL9HR “Logistics team” are very pleased to announce that the packed equipment crates have left the DX’Pedition’s Sydney base heading south to New Zealand, on schedule and in plenty of time to progress through the required quarantine formalities with the authorities on the ZL mainland before the final leg of the trip by sea with the operations team down to Campbell Island in the great southern ocean for the activation between November 28th and December 9th.

    Please refer to the web site ZL9HR.COM for the full, up to date, information about this major DX’Pedition to the Great Southern Ocean.

    September 6, 2012 – The ZL9HR DXpedition to Campbell island is coming together with all equipment due to be packed into four containers and ready for shipping to New Zealand by the end of this month. ZL9HR is also assembling an off island team which includes following pilots: VK2NN (VK/ZL), KY6R (NA), KH6CG (Pacific), V51B (Africa) MM0NDX (Europe) and VK2ARE Australian Publicity officer.

    August 22, 2012 – At this writing we are on schedule and the project planning is well underway. The team is busily working on all aspects of the DX-pedition. As you may know, we have the landing permit in-hand and also the radio license / call sign.

    Some examples of what’s happening behind the curtain at the moment include:

    – Station location (as defined by the permit)
    – Antenna placement planning (as defined by the permit)
    – Discussions on propagation behavior and how we will adjust for conditions
    – Operator mode preference
    – Equipment testing and preparation for sea shipment
    – Contract finalization with the boat that will take us to Campbell Island [read more]

    July 10, 2012 – Revised dates: November 28th to December 9th 2012 plus new design ZL9HR website.

    July 6, 2012 — Tommy VK2IR and John VK3YP of the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia are pleased to announce that the landing permit has been approved by NZ Dept. of Conservation for ZL9HR Campbell Island DXpedition in November 2012.

    May 19, 2012 — John, 9M6XRO, has joined the Australian Hellenic group planning to go to Campbell Island in November.

    April 15, 2012 — We have received tentative/verbal ok for landing permit on Campbell Island. Working on finalising when the official permit will be issued.

    April 13, 2012 — Our ZL9HR callsign was only issued today; LINK – Enter “digit 9” after “followed by” and press search button. Co-leader VK2IR also updates in comments.

    April 12, 2012 — The ZL9HR Campbell Island NZ DXpedition operator team is as follows: Tommy VK2IR, John VK3YP, Les W2LK, Gene K5GS, Dave K3EL, Glenn KE4KY, Jacques ZL3CW, Pista HA5AO and Don VE7DS.

    April 3, 2012 — Our permit application is progressing and hope to announce our official landing/operating permit and callsign shortly on the ZL9HR website

    For the operators who have already emailed us with their expressions of interest to join the DXpedition team, we will shortly provide them with the individual contribution fee amount required.

    We have all of the required equipment from our previous VK9HR DXpedition including Kenwood TS590S radios, Spiderbeam masts, beam & vertical antennas, bandpass filters, four SPE linear amplifiers and Honda generators.

    We will also have Inmarsat BGAN satellite terminal for Internet and voice comms. This will allow us to upload our logs daily and provide photos and other updates to our website.

    March 29, 2012 — The Hellenic Amateur Radio of Association of Australia (HARAOA) is organising a DXpedition to ZL9 Campbell Island (OC-037) New Zealand between November 17th and November 30th 2012. ZL9 Campbell Island NZ is number 15 on the current DXCC most wanted list.

    The ZL9HR DXpedition team will consist of a total of nine (9) team members including Tommy VK2IR (Team Leader) and John VK3YP (Co-Leader).

    We are inviting any experienced operators who would like to attend the ZL9HR DXpedition to email Tommy vk2ir@vk2ir.com for more information.

    ZL9HR website: www.zl9hr.com

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