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ARRL DX Bulletin ARLD005 (1997)

ARLD005 DX news - Heard Island

DX Bulletin 5  ARLD005
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  January 24, 1997
To all radio amateurs

ARLD005 DX news - Heard Island

Heard Island team racks up the Qs

''Go and get them, fellas.''  With those words of encouragement (if
any were needed) via the Internet, John Devoldere, ON4UN, sicced the
madding crowd on VK0IR on Heard Island.  At 0645 UTC on January 14,
VK0IR hit the bands running.  The result has been huge pileups on HF
and excitement on a level rarely seen among the Amateur Radio ranks.
With yet another week to go, the team has racked up more than 55,000
QSOs, the majority on CW--most of them in Europe, the Eastern US and

Two high-power operating positions apiece are set up in two radio
tents.  A storage tent houses a fifth high-power station that will
be used mostly on the low bands.  VK0IR is active on CW, SSB, RTTY
and on Oscar 10.  Operators are working split, but at some point
later in the DXpedition, they may invite calls on their own
frequency.  Details and frequencies for subbands (Novice, VHF, etc.)
and specialized modes are available on the Heard Island home page,

Here is the general announced schedule of HF modes and operating
frequencies (subject to change as conditions dictate) for VK0IR: CW:
1.822, 1.8265, 3.5045, 3.5095 (Europe), 7.007, 7.022, 10.1035,
14.024, 18.074, 21.024, 24.894, and 28.024 MHz; SSB, 3.798, 7.0475,
7.0525, 7.0575, 7.065, 14.195, 18.145, 21.295, 24.945, and 28.475
MHz; RTTY, 7.030, 10.140, 14.085 and 21.085 MHz.

Given the short duration of the DXpedition and the intense pressure
to work VK0IR from around the world, the team asks stations to
follow its guidelines for working Heard Island.  Operators typically
will announce the split (eg, ''QSX 5'' or ''up 5'') and have been
sending QRZ or TU as an invitation for stations to call.  Stations
should refrain from tail-ending and from calling while VK0IR is
working another station.

VK0IR logs have been available via the Internet on the Heard Island
home page.

The QSL manager for the VK0IR and the preceding TO0R operation from
Reunion Island is John Parrot W4FRU, Box 5127, Suffolk, VA 23435.

The VK0IR team expects to leave Heard Island at month's end.  On the
return sail, the team will stop at Kerguelen Island ''for about one
day,'' according to John Devoldere, ON4UN, who called the chances of
any Kerguelen operation ''minimal.''


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