TIMOR-LESTE 2011 DXPEDITION
VK8NSB, VK8FNCY, 9M6DXX, 9M6XRO and MW0JRX will be operating from Timor-Leste (East Timor)between 16 and 26 September 2011. The location will be Atauro Island, OC-232, 30km north of the capital, Dili.
Graham Kemp - VK4BB
The group is working closely with the Timor-Leste licensing authority and the DXpedition callsign will be announced soon. There will be three stations, two using full licensed power linear amplifiers, and a third running 100W. Antennas will mainly be quarter-wave verticals and vertical dipoles, all located within a few metres of the ocean. For 160m an inverted-L will be used.
Activity will be on all bands 10 - 160m using CW, SSB and RTTY. Atauro Island was chosen in order to provide a quiet location, well away from the electrical noise of down-town Dili. The beach-front site will also allow the group to put up vertical antennas right by the ocean, providing additional low-angle gain. In addition, the island counts as OC-232 and is part of a very rare IOTA group, having being confirmed by only 18% of active IOTA participants.
Accommodation on Atauro Island is very basic and will be in beach huts with no mains electricity or running water. All power for the DXpedition will be provided using hired generators. QSL via M0URX, direct (SAE plus 1 IRC / $2), via the bureau, or LoTW. Alternatively, QSLs may be requested using M0URX's OQRS form at www.m0urx.com/qsl-request-form
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