Author Archive: vk5gr
A35JT has made it to Tonga! We have the first station setup and just before sunset we managed to complete the first of our antennas (the multiband vertical). We rigged the antenna for 40m and put several hundred contacts in the log on 40m SSB. Later we fired up the digital station and started out with FT8 as well.
This morning the station is off air while the team completes the big antenna build. The aim is to have the bulk of the antennas completed today. It is likely we will have 80m running tonight on low band plus 40m with access to all of the others as well.
We look to be on track to start 6m EME operation as well, although our take off angle to the east is a little compromised. We may need 3-4deg extra elevation in that direction to clear a slight hill.
More to follow….
The A35JT Expedition team left Australia this morning with a further 180+kg of gear and has successfully arrived with everything and everyone accounted for in Auckland New Zealand. We will overnight here before setting off for Tonga in the morning.
The A35JT DXPedition team has revised our frequency plan. It is going to be very crowded on the bands with up to 5 concurrent expeditions. We have reviewed all available data and have made some changes accordingly. Please see the latest information here:
|160m||1818kHz||1846kHz||1803kHz||1840kHz (1908kHz for JA)|
|80m (for JA)||3518kHz||3775kHz DOWN 5||3535kHz||3570kHz|
|6m EME||50185kHz JT65A|
On 6m EME look for us on: 50.203MHz
The team will monitor the DXClusters if possible and will further adapt the plan according to band usage. See you on air in about 4 days time!
Software integration of the logging agent has been achieved with our N1MM network (thanks to software from N2AMG) and testing under VK5GR has been completed. While it is all dependent on our internet access once we reach Tonga we have been advised that internet is available.
We had some great news today. Our antenna shipment has cleared customs and quarantine processes and is ready for us to collect on Monday! A huge thank you to Mary and all of the staff at Pacific Forum Line in Nuku’alofa as well as to the good folk in the Revenue and Customs Ministry who helped facilitate this on our behalf. We look forward to thanking you all in person for your help and support next week! Thank you also to Mala at Tayper Freight Forwarders back in Australia for handling this end of the shipment.
Meanwhile, back in Australia, two of the stations are packed into their travel cases and the third is being finalised now. The low band antennas and Spiderbeam 12m fibreglass pole were also packed today (they are flying in with us as luggage). The team is now getting excited to get out there and get on the air!
The A35JT DXpedition team wishes to extend our sympathies to the people of Tonga after the passing of their Prime Minister Mr ‘Akilisi Pohiva last Thursday in New Zealand. Our plans still remain unchanged to arrive in Tonga on Monday the 23rd of September. Due to the unforseen circumstances we ask the amateur radio community to be patient should we run into any complications upon our arrival.
So as to not leave South American amateurs without an easy way to contact the expedition, Ricardo PY2PT has agreed to take up the reigns. His details, as well as the contact details for all of our pilot stations have been updated on the pilot page of the website.
We reached another milestone today! 124kg of antennas left Australia bound for Tonga via New Zealand. They should be waiting for us in Nuku’alofa on the 23rd of September.
Good News! We finally had a chance to test the new 1kW 6m amp for the EME station! It works a treat and marks the final confirmation that we can still take 6m EME with us to Tonga (after the mishap with the original amplifier back in July).
A huge thank you to Peter VK5PJ who has donated a 50v 40a power supply to us for the expedition! Thanks also to Bjorn SM7SJR who sold us the amplifier and helped with part of the shipping costs getting it from Sweden to Australia.