W1AW Centennial Operations Head to the Pacific in October and November
The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations will be heading to the Pacific this fall. From October 8 until October 21, W1AW/KH0 will be on the air from The Radio Space of Tinian, Tinian Island in the Northern Mariana Islands. Ten operators from the US and Japan will support the activity.
Starting in early November, W1AW/KH8 will fire up from American Samoa. Heading up the operation is Mike Goode, N9NS, who has at least 10 “seasoned DXpeditioners” to operate. The group has received permission from the ARRL to operate for longer than 1 week, and Goode anticipates that W1AW/KH8 could take to the air as early as November 1, continuing operation through November 12, although the current W1AW Centennial QSO Party schedule indicates that operation will run November 5 until November 18. In addition other changes to the W1AW portable operating schedule have been made recently.
The team will put up at the Maliu Mai Beach Resort, which has hosted other Amateur Radio operations, and their primary operating location will be that of the late Larry Gandy, AH8LG, compliments of his widow Uti, KS6FO. Plans call for three or four stations active on all bands from 1.8 through 28 MHz. The group may also set up a station at the hotel, and outside of their W1AW operation, team members may operate as KH8Q or using their home call signs /KH8.
As with other Centennial QSO Party contacts, confirmation will be via Logbook of The World (LoTW). Stations contacting W1AW/KH0 or W1AW/KH8 may be able to request cards directly or via the bureau through use of an Online QSL Request System (OQRS). QSLs cards are not necessary, however, and in due course, all QSLs will be sent via the bureau. — Thanks to The Daily DX