Islands 2016 VP8PDP
Mobile Radio 2013 G3WIP/MM. (0
Station 2012 and 2013 VK0GB
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15th February to 1st April 2016 I was in the Falklands as VP8DPD
in Stanley. I am a doctor who happens to be a ham who goes to unusual
These are not DXpeditions as such, as have a day and night job to
As it happens the day job was busier than I expected, with large
Tourist ships visiting as well as Fishing vessels so was not on air
Condtions when I was there were not good, and the Vertical I took was
not much good as most of Falklands is blown dry rock, so no decent
24th January to 11th February
2014 I was able to operate as
G3WIP/MM on the Titanium
Explorer going from Gulf of Mexico to Gabon
kind permission of the Captain while we sailed across the
It would have been necessary to shut down for operational
safety, let alone my day (and night) job as ship's doctor took a
Yeasu 857D and AT120 on wing of bridge 90ft ASL
tiny vertical worked astonishingly well as we had a good
Worked a MW and then ZL station one after the other from 8degN 48degW.
The wind and currents were against us at the start of the
The Titanium Explorer did in
the end sail across the
Greenwich (Prime) Meridian on Monday night 10th February 2014. We had
Diamond Shellback QSOs (see this link about line-crossing).
I believe this is an Radio Amateur first to have contacts at 0deg N-S
E-W. The stations worked ranged from from India through to
Africa and Canada, and not forgetting a surprised UK amateur who using
his pedestrian mobile kit walking on Blackpool waterfront. We could
give each other good reports with good copy.
QSOs in progress
Titanium Explorer can be tracked
by looking it up on Vessel Finder
I was operating as VK0GB from Casey
Station Antarctica in 2012 and October and November 2013 I
was hoping to be there until February, but this is Antarctica and
I flew out 2nd December.
(deg S): 66.2792; Longitude (deg E): 110.5356
Medhi had kindly agreed to be
my QSL manager.
I am G3WIP in the UK and in Australia VK4BGL, but I was hardly active
since the 1970s, occassionaly I would be on 2 metres
has brought me back to HF amateur radio, starting December 2012 when I
came down for a summer season on RSV Aurora Australis.
kit I have is a Yaesu FT-857D and at Casey I used either of two vee
rhombics/sloping tiangles. The
spare at the Casey receiver hut (it is really a DX/RX hut with VHF
marine repeater gear) which is just over 1km away from the station.
season I walked to the hut there and back to
make any calls and have
any QSOs, but this 2013/14 season I was be able to be on air a little
as I set up a remote rig using VOIP and front panel control, (www.remoterig.com)
using the fibre cable that runs to the hut. I could also
I announced that I was on
on via DXSUMMIT (DXcluster)
Being at the pointed end of DX pile-ups was a shock, espcially as when
I was last this active was when the Internet did not exist.
I had not even used electronic logging before.
day and night job there as the doctor on station would ALWAYS come
first so I can never promise too much activity. These are not
DXpeditions as such.
of Casey here thanks
to French Polar Team
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Click a picture to see a
Wire Fed Antenna
Loop last year
View from Rx hut
At KC4USV McMurdo
View Hut point McMurdo
Discovery(Scott) Hut Inside