Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by KE4KY, Jul 7, 2012.

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  1. KE4KY

    KE4KY Ham Member QRZ Page

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  2. KE4KY

    KE4KY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I will post the new, updated website once it is available on-line. Twitter and facebook will also be used for updates as we lead up to November.
  3. UA6JD

    UA6JD Moderator Volunteer DX Helper Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    it is very kind to provide updated information on our forum

    I was send PM to you - please replying when you have a time
  4. KE4KY

    KE4KY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I forwarded the information on...thanks!!

    I will do some simple updates until decision is made.

  5. KE4KY

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  6. UA6JD

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  7. KE4KY

    KE4KY Ham Member QRZ Page

    As of now, the permit requires that all personnel are off the island during the hours of total darkness. As with the ZL9CI operation in 1999, this restriction appears to remain intact.
  8. K5GS

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    ZL9HR - Campbell Island DX-pedition

    In late November, 2012 an international team of 10 will sail from Bluff, New Zealand to Campbell Island. This DX-pedition is being coordinated and sponsored by the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia. The ZL9HR DX-pedition will operate for approximately 12 days.

    We will have at least 5 stations operating on 160-6 meters, SSB-CW-RTTY. The equipment includes Kenwood TS-590 transceivers on SSB and Elecraft K3 transceivers on CW. The linear amplifiers are SPE 1KW amps and Elecraft 500 watt amps. Antennas will be a combination of Spiderbeams, monobamd moxon yagis and verticals.

    Campbell Island, a New Zealand possession, is located 600 km south of New Zealand, is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is uninhabited. Discovered in 1810 by Captain Frederick Hasselborough of the sealing ship Perseverance, the ship was owned by Robert Campbell (thus the island's name); Perseverance Harbor was named after the ship. Ironically in November, 1810 Captain Hasselborough drowned in Perseverance Harbor when a sudden squall overturned his small boat while transiting the harbor.

    From its discovery Campbell Island was a land of many uses. Originally a sealing, then a whaling station, the island’s usage changed after those species were over hunted. Sheep were introduced in an attempt to create a revenue producing business. Eventually that venture failed and the island again became uninhabited.

    During World War 2 the island became a coast watching station. After the war the island was used as a weather station. In 1958 a new weather station was established just east of the former station, New Zealand scientists manned this station until 1995 when technology won out; the weather station was automated and the island once again became uninhabited.

    After years of human habitation the island was infested with significant non native wildlife, including rats that attacked the habitat of the Southern Royal Albatross and other native birds. Campbell Island has the world’s largest population of Southern Royal Albatross, some 8,600 pair. In June, 2001 the world's most ambitious rodent eradication program was undertaken. Today the island is free of all human introduced species.

    Campbell Island is tightly controlled by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DoC). Landing permits are generally issued only for limited eco-tourism and scientific / ecological study. Ships are not permitted to tie up at the wharf; they must anchor in Perseverance Harbor. All equipment and personnel must be brought to the island by small boat. Prior to departure from Bluff, NZ we will undergo a quarantine inspection. The boat and all of our equipment, including personal items, will be unpacked and inspected at a NZ DoC Quarantine Inspection Station.

    The buildings located at Beeman Cove, artifacts from the old weather station, are kept in good repair and used by scientific expeditions; we've been given access to several of those building. The island’s weather is generally windy, wet, cold and very changeable with rainfall virtually every day, so we appreciate the DoC allowing us to use the facilities. Our antenna field has been designated by the DoC as are a few locations on the island we are permitted to visit. The landing permit will be administered by a DoC officer who will accompany us for the duration of the DX-pedition.

    The last major DX-pedition from this DXCC entity was January, 1999 so the demand will be high.

    The goals for ZL9HR are:
    - Operator safety, especially when transiting the harbor
    - Strict adherence to the conditions of the landing permit and DoC direction
    - Provide an "All Time New One" to those who need it
    - Band fills for those needing them
    - Top Band focus
    - Our QSL policies will be fair to everyone

    We plan to upload logs daily using our Satellite Phone. As time allows, we expect to upload daily pictures of the operation.

    Now the pesky reminder about financing: the budget for this DX-pedition is approximately $100,000(USD). The team is providing the up-front money to cover the cost of the project including their travel and living while in New Zealand, which is not included in the $100,000(USD) estimate. As some of you may have heard at Dayton, virtually all DX-pedition expenses must be paid in advance, at contract signing. We’re receiving donations from the worldwide DX Foundations, DX clubs and individuals. We appreciate the generosity of our supporters and corporate sponsors; we ask that all who need this rare DXCC entity do what they can to support the project.

    We'll use this forum to answer questions and collect your comments / suggestions up to departure from New Zealand. Since it will be impossible to satisfy everyone's needs / desires we will focus on the greater DX community's requirements.

    Once we depart New Zealand all communication regarding the DX-pedition will be handled by our designated pilot stations. We will not be checking web sites or answering non emergency e-mail from the island.

    We encourage all who need this rare one to jump in to the pileups, our operating plan includes listening in the USA 20 meter General band.

    Our web site is: www.campbell2012.com

    Thanks for your interest in ZL9HR.

    Gene, K5GS and the ZL9HR team
  9. KB3LIX

    KB3LIX Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is going to be a rough one from here.

    N1MM calculates the distance at approx 9,300 miles.

    That is a stretch for 100w and a chunk of zip cord,
    but STILL WORTH a SHOT !

    Come on ole sol, we NEED some activity !

    Based on the sunrise and sunset times, and the fact they have to be off the island
    during darkness, looks like the higher bands will be the money bands for the east coast.
    Of course, my best band to that part of the globe is 40m, a mostly darkness band.
    40 is best to ZL & VK in the hours leading up to local sunrise and just after SR.

    RATZ !
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2012
  10. K5GS

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    Well, as you probably know, during the first week the pile-ups will be very "energetic"..... Once the big guns move aside you might have a good chance. One of our goals is to give as many ATNOs as possible. We have a team of excellent operators.

    We do have to work within the conditions of the landing permit.

    Gene K5GS
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