VI0ANZAC Antarctic Roster
Antarctica faces propagation & weather – Saturday report
The much anticipated VI0ANZAC activated by Doug VK0DMV as part of the WIA ANZAC 100 program made a number of first day contacts including those with Australia.
The day was due to start at 0001UTC on August 29, however the wind at Casey Station in the Australian Antarctic Territory was above 40 knots and required under standing procedures Doug to report his necessary outside travel to the Station Commander before progressing.
This resulted in an hour delay. A few early callers had some on air conversations with Fred VK3DAC, who was coordinating the activity.
When finally operating 40m it was not cooperating so a QSY to 20m was necessary. Still nothing in VK, VI0ANZAC did make some ZL contacts, but very poor propagation stopped it again until 0600UTC.
But when Doug came back onto 20m, contacts were very good and free flowing. If weather allows VI0ANZAC will be on air again August 30, it is due to start at about 0600UTC.
The WIA express thanks to Doug for activating the commemorative station from the Antarctic.
Regards, Fred VK3DAC
VI0ANZAC latest - 48 hours to go
Snow is forecast for Casey Station in the Antarctic and despite a necessary change in the 40m frequency, all is looking good for it being on air August 29-30, and joining the WIA ANZAC 100 program.
The operator Doug VK0DMV reports that the weather is expected to be light snow right through the weekend with the wind picking up on Saturday.
However the wind expected today (Thursday) has not eventuated but snow did fall. Doug says at this time Saturday should be all right, with a close watch on Antarctic weather conditions.
To honour an agreed change from the USA, the 40m frequency is now 7.135 MHz (not 7.095 MHz). All other times and frequencies are as earlier announced.
WIA ANZAC 100 program – Antarctica new dates
Casey Station in Antarctica as VI0ANZAC has been rescheduled to August 29-30, weather permitting of course.
An earlier date was postponed when a storm struck with its high wind, a blizzard cutting visibility and freezing temperatures.
Doug VK0DMV is planning use a Q-MAC HF-90 solid state 50 watt HF SSB transceiver feeding a dipole antenna. The transceiver has selectable USB and LSB, making it compatible with Amateur Radio on all bands. Previously announced times and frequencies are proposed (see below).
Antarctic joins ANZAC 100 program
The activation of VI 0 ANZAC on Casey Base in the Australian Antarctic Territory is due to start operation, as part of the Wireless Institute of Australia ANZAC 100 program.
Doug VK0DMV is working at Casey Station and has great pleasure in activating the VI0ANZAC callsign.
His role keeps him extremely busy and can only operate when his duties allow. This will mean that some published operation time may not occur due to operational requirements and the weather conditions.
VI0ANZAC will use the commercial Qmac HF90 transceiver with an output power of 50 watts into a dipole antenna.
Doug thanks both the WIA and the Australian Antarctic Division for this opportunity in this the 100th Anniversary year of the Gallipoli campaign in WWI. QSL in strictly eQSL.
Fred VK3DAC, the ANZAC 100 coordinator will be on air as a control station. Potential operating dates are the 8th and 9th of August, start time at 0000UTC which is 10am AEST, (8am at Casey Station) and operate for 2 hours, and then stop.
Proposed schedule on both days in UTC are:
0000 to 0200
0400 to 0600
0900 to 1100
The frequencies are:
0000 to 0030 on 7.095MHz
0030 to 0130 on 14.250MHz
0130 to 0200 on 21.250MHz
0400 to 0430 on 7.095MHz
0430 to 0530 on 14.250MHz
0530 to 0600 on 21.250MHz
0900 to 1030 on 14.250MHz
1030 to 1100 on 3.585MHz
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