[NEWS UPDATE] – Many thanks to Al, K7AR for sending these pictures of the VK9LAA activity. Al says it’s actually quite cold on L.H.I (wearing jacket) and not such a tropical location at this time of year! They have made over 3000 QSOs so far and participate in the CQWW RTTY contest. Log here

K7AR operating

Scenic Lord Howe

W7YAQ operating

W7YAQ-K7AR Arrive at VK9L



[AUGUST 22] – VK9LAA is now confirmed. NOTE: Australia does not allow operations on 60M so VK9LAA will not be active on that band. They will also observe Australian power limits when using their KPA500 amplifiers. 

[JULY 31] – W7YAQ, Bob and K7AR, Al will be active from the Beachcomber Lodge on Lord Howe Island, Australia from September 21 to October 4, 2023. They have requested the call VK9LAA although it is still pending – will update on that once issued.

Look for them to be active in the CQWW RTTY Contest in the multi op single transmitter category. Their equipment consists of two Elecraft stations. A DX Commander vertical, Butternut HF9V vertical, 160M inverted L, and pennant loop antenna for 160 receive will all be used.

QRV on 160-6M including 60M, and will be looking for stations that find the Pacific difficult to work such as western EU, east coast NA and east coast SA. Logs will be uploaded daily to Club Log. QSL via OQRS, LoTW, or W7YAQ.