[NEWS UPDATE] – The CY0S QSL cards have arrived from the printing company and K5DHY and WA4DAN are hard at work processing the QSL requests. Hundreds of CY0S QSL cards are being mailed everyday through the US Post Office. This process will continue seven days a week until all QSL requests are answered. We anticipate having all OQRS and direct requests completed by the end of June. We started with over 7000 QSL requests with more arriving everyday. Please be patient as we work through the backlog. We are working quite a few hours a day to get this completed. The CY0S card has six panels with two folds with a wonderful Sable Island horse on the front. You will see others throughout the card, enjoy! At the time of the CY0S DXpedition, there were 550 wild horses on the island.

[APRIL 5] – The CYØS DXpedition concluded just after 1000Z on Friday, March 31 with 84,517 contacts in the log. DXCC was achieved on six bands, 30-10 meters, with 40 meters just missing the 100 mark with 98 countries. A total of 155 DXCC were worked by CYØS. Full results and breakdowns are available on Clublog.

This was not an easy DXpedition to pull off. Our initial application to Parks Canada was dated December 19, 2016! Our team leader flew to Halifax, Nova Scotia in October 2019 to meet with the Parks Canada – Sable Island manager to work out the details for this DXpedition. The team leader also flew to Sable Island the day before that meeting to talk with the Parks Canada staff on Sable Island. Both meetings were very productive and an agreement was reached to proceed with the DXpedition. A few months later, Covid-19 hit and we were postponed two years. In October 2022, a Parks Canada project delayed our DXpedition until March 2023.

Arriving on Sable Island on Monday, March 20, we were greeted with temperatures of 32 degrees and winds of 35-40 MPH. These were not favorable weather conditions to accomplish much antenna work. We did get two antennas up covering three bands by nightfall on March 20. As much antenna assembly work as possible was done that evening in the Visitor Quarters. Tuesday, March 21 was a much more productive day with all antennas being assembled and erected by nightfall.

On days 4-5, a major geomagnetic disturbance occurred which played havoc on the bands. The CYØS team worked the bands that were most productive during this 36-hour period.

On days 5 and 6, very strong winds effected Sable. Amazingly, no antennas were lost or damaged and operations continued as usual. Antenna mast guy lines were tightened and reinforced.

Snow occurred almost every day during our stay on the island. Sometimes it snowed four or five times during the day. With the strong winds, the snow was usually driven horizontally.

Sable is a very tough environment in the winter with the wind, snow, cold and the corrosive salt spray. The CYØS team was prepared for these conditions and never faltered during their stay on the island. Because of the very tight weight restrictions on the two aircraft, the team ate freeze-dried meals over the entire stay on the island. We could not take all of the gear we usually take on a DXpedition. We had to downsize some of the Yagi antennas used. Each operator was limited to 45 lbs of personal gear including food, winter clothing, sleeping bags and any other personal items.

Our number one goal of the CYØS DXpedition was for it to be fun for every DXer around the world and provide an ATNO for as many as possible. Secondarily, we wanted DXers to fill as many band slots as possible. It is extremely difficult to mount a major DXpedition to Sable with the weight restrictions but we did the best we could. Each of the eight ops gave it his all to make this DXpedition possible.

[MARCH 31 @ 0600z] – Departure day for the CY0S team is Friday, March 31. The Vision Air Services Sikorsky helicopter will arrive at 1200Z for five of the team members. The other three team members will be departing around 1500Z on the Sable Aviation fixed wing aircraft. One station will continue to be operational until final verification of the flights is determined. The latest count of contacts at 0900Z was 84,295. The final tally will be a little higher.

[MARCH 30] – As of 1930Z, the CY0S DXpedition team had 80K QSO’s in the log. Because of the uncertainty of the weather and departing the island on Friday, they will not take down any antennas until later today. The team will await word this evening from Parks Canada, Sable Aviation and Vision Air Services. 

[MARCH 29] – With over 70K Q’s in the log, the team have begun the final day of operations today (Wednesday). The Vision Air Sikorsky will be arriving Sable island at 1200Z on Thursday to take five team members back to Halifax. Sable Aviation will then arrive shortly thereafter for the other three team members. Team will leave a lot of the antennas up until first light on Thursday morning. Some antennas will be taken down by early evening on Wednesday. The weather continues to be very changeable with periods of snow showers during the day. Winds have been very favorable for the last few days which has been a welcome break from the gale force winds earlier in the DXpedition. All team members, equipment and antennas are ready for the final push on the last day of operations.

Credit: N2TU

[MARCH 28] – As of 1200Z the CY0S team had just over 65K QSOs. They had a very productive first night on 60 meters with all areas of the world being worked. 15 and 17 meters were simply incredible on Monday. Japan was still being worked at 10 PM local time (0100Z) on 15 meters. The team has been talking with Parks Canada about the departure which is scheduled for Thursday morning (local). Weather will dictate the departure, so the team needs to be ready on short notice. Some antennas will be taken down later Wednesday afternoon and evening. All four stations remain operational, and all antennas are working very well.

Credit N2TU

[MARCH 27] – With almost 8000 QSOs made during the CQ WPX contest, team CY0S is still very active. Today they’ve been QRV on CW, FT8, RTTY, EME, 6m. Over 60K QSOs in total so far.  

[MARCH 26] – With thanks to team member Craig K9CT, here’s a snowy scene today on Sable Island. Other pictures shown can also be found on the official CY0S website along with more.


[MARCH 25] – The CY0S team has reached the half way point of their Sable Island DXpedition. The large geomagnetic event certainly made it more challenging but the team continues with four stations as much as possible. The anticipated high winds hit the island on Friday making it extremely difficult to do any work outside. The team has two stations dedicated to the WPX SSB contest this weekend. The team will concentrate the two contest stations in the US General band. Team member W2GD reports the pileups on CW rival any DXpedition he has participated in.

[MARCH 24] – With much disappointment, the CY0S team had to abandon the real time logging updates. The internet on Sable is not stable enough and drops out fairly regularly. This caused many issues. We also had an issue with one laptop which has been replaced. All logs will be sent to Bill K5DHY about every six hours. We apologize that we were not able to do what we wanted to do with the logs. Hopefully we won’t have any more interruptions taking down our computers.

We have four HF stations set up as well as a Six meter, Satellite and a 2 meter EME station. We spent all day Tuesday assembling and installing antennas. All were completed by late afternoon. The team settled into their operating schedule at 0000Z on Wednesday.

While the weather has been good the last three days, high winds are forecast for Friday and Friday evening. We have begun to take the necessary precautions to the antennas and antenna masts. All guy lines have been tightened and the 42-inch anchor posts driven deeper into the sand. Another update will be posted on Friday.

[MARCH 22 @ 0700Z] – Team are aware of the FT8 issue regarding time synch. It appears one of the laptops refuses to keep time so they will swap it over soon.  First log is uploaded. Pictures credit CY0S team.

[MARCH @ 1300Z] – CY0S FT8 ops have begun. F/H frequencies may vary due to multiple DXpeditions using the usual F/H and MSHV spectrums. Team know FT8 times are drifting and is working to fix the issue. Antenna work continues.

Credit: K9CT

[MARCH 21 @ 0500Z] – After a late arrival on Sable Island, the CY0S team was welcomed to the island with 40 Knot winds. The wind and blowing sand were so strong, the Britten Norman Islander aircraft could not depart the island until the sand was shoveled away from its tires. The strong winds made it very difficult doing antenna assembly and installation. The team was able to install a 30-meter inverted L and a Cushcraft A3WS for 12/17. On Tuesday, the team hopes to install four or five additional antennas, depending on the wind. Please be patient while we work through the cold and windy conditions.

[MARCH 20 @ 1700Z] – First glimpse of Sable island as the advance team arrive. Pictures credit Lee, WW2DX.

[MARCH 20 @ 1400Z] –  Five members of the CY0S team departed Halifax, Nova Scotia at 1300Z. The Sable Aviation flight with three team members and all gear will be delayed by a few hours due to the condition of the beach landing area. Parks Canada is optimistic that the condition of the landing area will improve in a few hours with a favorable wind direcion. The Sable Aviation flight hopes to depart Halifax by 1700Z.

The delay with the Sable Aviation flight will push back the start of the radio operation by a few hours. The CY0S team hopes to get 2-3 stations on the air by dark. Most of the antenna work will occur tomorrow. Please be patient as there are a lot of antennas to install.

The winds remain around 30 Knots. More later…

Credit: WW2DX