VK9CM is now QRT. Thank you to all of you around the globe who made contcat with us. To those who tried but did not make it, we hope you will be able to do that next time. Final logs should be uploaded within 24 hours.
[OCTOBER 30] – VK9CM started activity yesterday after being delayed (mentioned below). VK9C is also running in the CQWW SSB contest. Picture sent by Luke VK3HJ.
OCTOBER 27 – Our flight has been rescheduled for Saturday, 29 October. There are only two regular flights a week to Cocos and these are usually fully booked a couple of months ahead, so this left us with no alternative but to take whatever has been offered.
Unfortunately, we’ve lost four days and are now left with only five days of on-air time. Discussions are being held on how to pack a 10-day’s Dxpedition into five days.
The team is disappointed with the situation but at the same time also determined to make the best use of the remaining time.
[OCTOBER 26] – The weather has not significantly improved so today’s flight was also cancelled. The next flight to Cocos-Keeling is not now until Saturday (0900 local). Team will stay in Perth until then operating from time to time at the QTH of VK6AS.
NOTE: VK9QO QO-100 DXpedition has also been affected.
[OCTOBER 25] – The team departed Perth on schedule at 1230 local time. Unfortunately, they got half way to Cocos Keeling when the captain announced they were returning to Perth due to tropical storms to the north.
The airline has advised that they’ll try to reschedule the flight for Wednesday, 26 October.
New update tomorrow with further news. Hopefully good news. For now team are drinking a beer in a Perth hotel bar.
[OCTOBER 23] – QSL manager EB7DX informs LoTW certificates already received and will be uploaded immediately after the DXpedition. Meanwhile, a further update by the team:
Our agent advises that our sea cargo shipped to Cocos has arrived at its destination. Final preparations are now under way in Melbourne and Perth for the team’s departure from Perth on 25th October.
The NA – Cocos Keeling path is notoriously difficult. We are therefore committed to investing extra time and effort to secure as many QSOs as possible from this part of the world.
The team members look forward to contacting as many of you around the globe as possible. We will do our best to provide news updates as often as we can.
[SEPTEMBER 29] – The following, recently posted on QRZ.com, is an update to the news we announced way back in December 2021:
- Dates: 26 Oct-3 Nov 2022
- Team: VK6VY (Zeljko); VK3HJ (Luke), VK6CQ (Alan) and VK3QB (Chris)
- Bands: 80-10m + some 6m activity (we dropped 160m due to the advanced stage of the Solar Cycle 25)
- Modes: CW, SSB, FT8 (FH mode)
- Frequencies FT8 (F/H mode): 3567, 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911, 28091 and 50323.
- Frequencies CW and SSB: Flexible
- Rigs: KX3, Flex 6600
- Ant: Verticals for 80-10, Ultrabeam Vertical 40-10m.
[DECEMBER 8, 2021] Zeljko, VK6VY got in touch to say a team consisting VK6CQ, VK6SJ, VK6VY + possibly others will be active from Cocos Keeling Island as VK9CM during October 26 to November 3, 2022. QRV on 160-10m; maybe 6m. CW, SSB & FT8. Participation in the CQWW SSB contest (Oct 29-30) as VK9C. QSL via EB7DX.
NOTE: VK9CM callsign was previously used in 2011 by OH2YY.