UPDATE by Pavel VK6NX
Yes, we have “GO” from rangers of Dirk Hartog and Steep Point. This really is good news.
Not really good news is that we have to go a day later, than we’ve planned. Instead of leaving home QTH on 13th of August we are now leaving at midnight AWST of August 14th (which is 1600 UTC August 13th). This is all because of tracks at Steep Point are completely closed due to heavy vehicles working on tracks upgrade.
We have to arrive at Locked gate at precisely 1600 AWST (0800 UTC) of August 14th (or – better – earlier) and we will be guided by rangers to barge bearding QTH. We should be at barge QTH at 1700 AWST (0900 UTC) and, then, on shore of Dirk Hartod Island at 1800 AWST (1000 UTC). We are targeting to arrive to shack QTH (Ocean Villa) at 1900 AWST (1100 UTC) August 14th and I am expecting first QSOs somewhere between 2100-2200 AWST (1300-1400 UTC).
Please make sure that you are calculating all dates/times correctly (as per above) to your home QTH.
For those, who are subscribed to our Safety Network and Custom messages: I am planning to test SPOT3 at some point during the day on 13th of August at approx 0800-0900 UTC, to make sure that this all works as expected. You will receive “Check-In” (Safety) message and “Test VI6DH400 message” (Custom) to your emails and mobiles. Please keep an eye on your emails/mobiles at this time and let me know if you did not receive anything prior we leave our home QTH. Detailed instruction regarding message format and explanation how tracking work is here: http://vk6nx.net/06_tracking.html
For those who are not subscribed to Custom/Safety messages – you still will be able to track us over the web here: https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=17s5EFxXTfu6XDY0YLsODGfLb77OVi2yJ (access password: VK6NX ).
Trip maps/schedule and band plans/schedule are published here: http://vk6nx.net/02_iota.html
GL All and we will meet you on air!
August 8 — OC-206 / VI6DH400 is still on track. Final “Go/Not Go” decision will be made on 11th of Aug and dependent on local park rangers “OK”, triggers are weather conditions only.
Route plan to OC-206 is published on http://vk6nx.net/02_iota.html, please see maps and timelines there if interested. Route back from OC-206 will be published a bit later, as we are still checking if there will be an option to stop at OC-183 on a way back. Couple friends of mine will be there with boat fishing and we are looking if weather will allow us short drop off on Boullanger during day-time (which will not require DPAW permission).
GPS Location Tracking (Google map based, including car movements, “check-in”, “ok” and custom “on air” messages) will be available since we move from home QTH on Aug 13th. You will be able to see where our car is (equals QTH GRID, when we are at island). The information about tracking is on http://vk6nx.net/02_iota.html
To help you to locate us on bands, the Custom message is setup on our GPS tracking device. Custom message n format “VI6DH400 is on air” will be sent every time when I am sending initial CQ. Custom message can be received by email and to mobile via SMS. Please let me know if you are interested to get those (please send me either your email or mobile number and I will add them to the list).
If you are interested to join our security network and also receive our “Check In”, “OK” and “Start movement” messages – please let me know – those are also delivered via email or SMS.
QSL policy (short version). I am targeting to engage most of you, guys, to use electronic version of IOTA accreditation. The logs of this DXpedition will be loaded to ClubLog every day (yes, there are some spots with Internet access on island). After operation finished, I will allow 3-4 weeks for logs verification and corrections, and then will ask IOTA validation group to make logs available for electronic accreditation. No charges or donations will be required. BTW, m previous OC-164 and OC-183 logs should be already available for auto-accredication via IOTA/ClubLog.
Paper QSL cards still will be printed after we back home. I have both sides design ready, it is just waiting nice photo for front side, which will be taken on island. However, since OC-206 operation, I am trying to make my QSL cards more “collection” or “souvenir” like type. Hence – if you need only accreditation, then please use electronic IOTA, this will spare your money and my time. If you still prefer to use “old way” or you are QSL card collector – feel free to request direct QSL card; I am expecting to keep current direct fee at the current level and until AusPost will bump up their price.
Next update will be on 11th of Aug, after we confirm “Go” with rangers.
June 7, 2016 – Callsign to be used: VI6DH400
May 18, 2016 – OC-206 Dirk Hartog will be activated between August 14-18. QRV on 40-30-20-17-15 meter bands, CW/SSB.
Due to significance of the event – commemoration of 400 years of Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog landing at Western Australia coast – local communication authorities has allocated special call sign. Actual information regarding DXpedition schedule can be found here [tnx VK6NX]