About the DXpedition

Place: Norfolk (VK9N), IOTA OC-005.
Team and modes: Jacek SP5EAQ (SSB exclusively); Mek SP7VC (digital modes); Marcin SP5ES (CW)
Time: October/November 2019
   - 18 October – 4 November: SP5EAQ
   - 18 October – 28 October: SP7VC
   - 28 October – 4 November: SP5ES
Calls: VK9NE (SP5EAQ), VK9NC (SP7VC), VK9NG (SP5ES)
Bands: HF bands
QSL manager: SP7VC (direct, bureau, LoTW)
Other: Jacek SP5EAQ will participate CQ WW DX SSB Contest)

Latest News:

Update 2019-11-06: All DXpedition team members are back in Poland. Thanks for all QSOs.


Update 2019-11-05: VK9N DXpedition finished operation. Last qso logged 03 Nov 22:21Z. Over 13.000 qso's are in our logs of all operators.
Marcin VK9NG and Jack VK9NE are in return trip to Europe -currently in transit in Doha/A7 05-Nov 02.00Z
Complete raw logs are uploaded.
Please check current qso status before you claim missing/busted calls. All claims will be checked after return to Warsaw.


Update 2019-11-02: Mek VK9NC (SP5VC) left us the last Monday being replaced by Martin VK9NG (SP5ES). Martin works mostly FT8/FT4 and CW. Sometimes you may find him using F/H mode. We are working on all bands with at least one station practically 24/7 and the other open for every time when propagation is promising.
We have encountered an outage and lack of the Internet on the entire island.
Reaching 12k qso, many on low bands, team is in a good shape. VK9NE (SP5EAQ) checks regularly 12 and 10m with some success. We have more two days of activity ahead. We shall close stations after local SR 4th Nov.
Although our team consists of three operators on the island there are only two of them being on the island at any time.


Update 2019-10-27: The are two entries in the CQ WW DX SSB: VK9NE works on 20 meters while VK9NC in on 40m. The next logs will be uploaded after the contest is finished.


Update 2019-10-25: Today we installed antennas for 12 and 10m. On 12 meters VK9NC worked several JAs. At local SR (day before yesterday) we had a nice opening on 160m resulting 40 Eu stations in the VK9NC's log on FT8. VK9NE reaches 3k QSOs on SSB.


Update 2019-10-24: Marcin SP5ES today in the morning started to Doha and then to Sydney and Norfolk. So there will be three operators soon. Marcin is a keen CW operators so expect CW activity. Marcin will be also active on FT8/FT4 (in F/H Mode). The expected frequencies for FT8/FT4 are as follows:

     BAND     FT8     FT4
     160M    1844
      80M    3567    3575
      40M    7056    7047
      30M   10131   10140
      20M   14090   14080
      17M   18095   18104
      15M   21091   21140
      12M   24911   24919
      10M   28091   28180
       6M           50318

Update 2019-10-21: Logs have been uploaded. We expect to have the Internet at home soon. Till today we had no car so there was no chance to visit any hot spot. All antennas have been installed. Jacek and Mek


Update 2019-10-17: Mek SP7VC just informed via email that he and Jacek SP5EAQ arrived in Sydney and - very important - all their luggage also. Tomorrow they are flying to Norfolk...


Update 2019-10-16: Jacek SP5EAQ and Mek SP7VC started yesterday from the Warsaw Airport to Doha, then to Sydney and finally to Norfolk. Well, as Marcin SP5ES informed, they took about 40 kilograms of excess baggage. We are waiting for the next news...


Update 2019-10-13: QSL info and links to online logs were published (see below). Preparations are going well and the first part of the team is starting from the Warsaw Airport on Tuesday (as scheduled).


Update 2019-09-01: Jacek SP5EAQ informed that the Internet access on the island will be very limitted so it will be a problem to have real time online logs. However if only possible the logs will uploaded in batches to a database which will be available online. So there will be some delay.

QSL Info and Online Logs:

Logs (uploaded every 1-2 days if possible) will be available at:
* VK9NC: http://sp7dqr.pl/en/search_vk9nc.php
* VK9NE: http://sp7dqr.pl/en/search_vk9ne.php
* VK9NG: http://sp7dqr.pl/en/search_vk9ng.php

QSL manager (for all calls): Mek SP7VC.

To get a direct use PayPal linked to sp7vc@wp.pl (recommended 3 USD regardless amount of qso/calls). Provide data of all QSOs.
If you don't use PayPal, you may also send a SAE with return postage and your cards (or all QSO data) to Mek's QRZ.com address.

Bureau cards will be available for free (send a  request with all QSO data to sp7vc@wp.pl) or drop your card via the bureau but it takes years to get QSL then.

About Team Members

Jacek SP5EAQ

Profession: Eng. Electronics – full Professor
Licensed since 1968, Honor Roll nr 1 on SSB
Interesting in: Ham Radio, sailing
Member of PZK, SP DX Club
Previous DXpeditions: T2AQ, E51EAQ, ZK3Q, 5W0AF, A3EAQ, T30AQ, 3D2MJ, ZL7/SP5EAQ, and ZA/SP5EAQ
Keen DXer on SSB, more than 100.000 QSOs from South Pacific islands


Mek SP7VC

Profession: Engineer in chemical engineering
Licensed since 1991, Honor Roll nr1, Challenge over 3000
Interesting in: Ham Radio, Travelling, Sailing yacht skipper
Member of PZK, SP UKF Club, SN0HQ Team
Previous DXpeditions: V5/SP7VC, CP/SP7VC, OA/SP7VC, PY5/SP7VC, FS/SP7VC, FJ/SP7VC, VP2V/SP7VC, EA8/SP7VC, EA9/SP7VC, PJ5, PJ6, V44, CT9/SP7VC,FM/SP7VC, FG/SP7VC, J79VC, VP2MPG, 5B/SP7VC, J6/SP7VC, J8/SP7VC, J3/SP7VC, 5B/SP7VC, ZC4, 4X/SP7VC, 5W0VC, T31T, TG/SP7VC, YS/SP7VC, V31VC, HR5, XE3, C56VC, J5/SP7VC, 6W, HP84VC, TI/HP84VC, YN/SP7VC, Z22VC, ZS/SP7VC. And many activations from EU countries: 9A, LX, LA, SM, OH, LY, YL, F, EA, EA6, ES, ES0, HB, PA, EI, OZ, MI, OK, MW, OM, IN3, HB, DL, UR, HA, 3A, C3, ZB2, OY, OH0, LZ, SV, YO, Z3, 4O, ZA, Z6, T7, TK, HB0, CT8, T7, SV5, SV9, 9H3KK
Many IOTA activations - 49 islands
Many activations from different grids via Meteo Scatter- 71 grids
Favorite mode: SSB, FT8, FSK441, JT65, MSK144
FaceBook HAM profile: SP7VC Radio Expeditions. Old website: http://sp7vc.pl/


Marcin SP5ES

Profession: Engineer in chemistry
Licensed since 1972, Honor Roll holder
Member of PZK, SP DX Club
Previous activities: 5W0AG, CR1M, DL/SP5ES, FM/SP5ES, FG/SP5ES, OM/SP5ES, ZK3E, ZL/SP5ES, ZS/SP5ES, SP5ES/mm. First Polish guest operation in Austria (SP5GOR/OE), guest operator 4U1ITU (1978)
Member of 3Y0I team attempting unsuccessfully activate Bouvet in March 2019
650 activations of WWFF, lighthouses and Polish counties

Donors

The team appreciates help of Luke VK3HJ (logistics), Paweł SP7SP (providing reliable 1KW PA of his design), Wojtek SP5DPD (light 30 grams keyer), Mietek SP3CMX and Leon SP5DL (software support)
 
We are very appreciated for the help received from the following institutions and individuals:
                                                  
 
Individual: 3Z6AEF, AA6AA, DJ0IF, DL8MAN, DS3EXX, G4BWP, K4ESE, K6FOD, KM2G, LA8CJ, PA1CW, S51DI, S57TW, SN6P, SP2AJ, SP2DUS, SP2EBG, SP2GCJ, SP2GJI, SP2GJV, SP2GKS, SP2HOU, SP2JEB, SP2JMR, SP2X, SP3EOL, SP3GWC, SP3J, SP3LD, SP3QDM, SP3RNZ, SP5AUC, SP5DPD, SP5DVD, SP5ELA, SP5EWY, SP5GMM, SP5GNI, SP5IWA, SP5LKM, SP5TT, SP5WA, SP5XTY, SP6EQZ, SP6IXF, SP6JIU, SP6LUY, SP6OUQ, SP7CDG, SP7CKH, SP7CXV, SP7DDD, SP7DQR, SP7EUO, SP7FP, SP7GRV, SP7HT, SP7ITB, SP7KMP, SP7MOO, SP7NHS, SP7OGP, SP7PA, SP7QHR, SP7RFE&SP7BCA, SP7ROZ, SP7SP, SP7SQK, SP7TEX, SP7WMN, SP8EEX, SP8LBK, SP9FKQ, SP9GLJ, SP9HZW, SP9OHP, SP9PT, SQ2BNM, SQ2ETN, SQ5MJB, SQ5OVL, SQ7EWZ, SQ7MAD, SQ7NNM, SQ7NSN, SQ7PA, SQ7RJZ, SQ8AQX, SQ9ANT, SQ9HZM, US5WDX, VK2MI, W2OR.


If you would like to support our DXpedition click DONATE (via PayPal service) button below. We appreciate any possible help.

Special thanks: to Marek SP7DQR for his help to make the logs available online and Tom SP5UAF for the website and QSL design.