Willis Island VK9WA DXpedition 2015 Going Smoothly
The eight member international team now activating VK9WA from Willis Island November 14-23 reports the DXpedition is going smoothly for the most part. VK9WA generated substantial pileups over the past weekend. A late wrinkle is the failure of the 160 meter receiving antenna, which the team has said it will address as soon as it’s daylight. Willis Island, which has not had a significant activation since 2008, is number #32 on the ClubLog Most Wanted DXCC list. The team is operating from the 4 acre Middle Cay, some 280 miles off the eastern coast of Australia coast. Operation is on all bands, 160-10 meters, SSB, CW, and RTTY.
“Our primary focus will be providing new contacts with this highly demanded, rarely activated entity with an emphasis on difficult paths — primarily US East Coast, Europe, and Africa,” the DXpedition website states.
The DXpedition reports it has suffered some antenna damage that it’s been able to repair. The weather there, where it is spring, is reported to be “extremely hot.” ClubLog statistics show fairly even contact percentages for Asia, Europe, and North America.