UPDATE – Some pics from the team. Regular updates here

VDA on beach

Ronald PA3EWP collecting the A35EU license. 60m is included.

NOVEMBER 13 — The team members are on their way from London, Edinburgh and Amsterdam to Doha (A7 – Qatar) were they meet and the long journey to A35EU Tonga starts. If all goes to plan the first A35EU signals can be expected in the course of Friday….

OCTOBER 5  — Pat EI5IX, Ronald PA3EWP, Martin PA4WM and Tom GM4FDM are pleased to announce an expedition to Tonga in November. They will leave Europe on 13th November and will leave Tonga on 27th November. Callsign to lookout for is A35EU.

They intend to operate from the Heilala Lodge Resort which is at the north end of the main Island.

They hope to operate three stations and use vertical antennas including VDAs. They will be attempting operations on 160 and 80m using inverted L type antennas. 60m is not included on the licence, but we will enquire about inclusion on arrival. CW/SSB and RTTY into Europe will be our main priority. We will use Elecraft K3s along with amplifiers, and have already constructed 2 element VDAs for 30 20 and 17m with verticals for 15,12 and 10m. 40 and 80m vertical raised and tuned radials, 160m will be Inverted L.

QSL direct – OQRS Clublog – LOTW and Buro to Tom GM4FDM whose details are good on QRZ.COM. Excess baggage charges are considerable so any donations would be appreciated. Sorry but no IRCs please due to difficulty in redeeming them in the UK.

See our website which is still under construction and look out for our Facebook also. Hope to see you in the pileups.