VK5KI Operating

VK5KI Operating

Holiday Style Expedition

Credit: Kenny Douglas-Hill (Facebook) – Kangaroo Island Fires Jan 2020

VK5 is not rare nor are we most wanted. In IOTA terms, Kangaroo Island (OC-139) has been claimed by an average of 48% of all IOTA award applicants. As a result, we are going to be on the island more operating and experimenting than chasing hard for a big QSO total. We are also down there to escape the reality of the world in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic for a few days. As such, it is a time for us to unwind, and relax with family. We also will do our small part for the economy of Kangaroo Island which was so badly damaged by the bushfires in January of this year, so we will be spending some time visiting much loved attractions and businesses, spreading a little cheer – and the word that – at least once Australia’s borders reopen, that Kangaroo Island is still here as wild and beautiful as ever.

VK5KI On Air Plans

So when will you see us on air? We will be arriving on the island by ~midday on Monday July 13th. Myself and Andrew will then set about constructing the station while our families and partners head into Kingscote to obtain provisions for our stay.

  • Monday night (~0700Z) 13th July – We hope to have the station operational on at least 40-10m by  – through until at least 1400z.
  • Tuesday July 14th – The 160/80/30m antenna will be erected by lunchtime Tuesday. There is a fair expectation that we will be on air more much of the day looking for whatever openings we can find on a wide range of modes. Particular focus will be placed on EU Short path in the morning on 20m, NA/AS during the day and EU long Path after 0400z 20m. Nightime will likely be 30/40/80m into NA and AS/OC and some attempts will be made to run 80/40/30 early morning into Europe.
  • Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th – we will have usually one station active early in the morning 2100-0000z and probably again with stints between the hours of ~0400-0800z plus after 1000z (until we need to get to sleep). One or two nights will see activity on 80m and possibly 160m (depending on conditions). There are no guarantees however of activity in any of those windows, and activity may occur at other times as well subject to what is happening elsewhere with the family.
  • Saturday 18th – The station will be QRT most likely before 2200z on the 17th (~7.30am 18th July)

Partial tear down will occur Friday afternoon 17th July. We haven’t planned exactly what will be pulled down when. We have a 1.30pm Ferry ride home on Saturday 18th July, and need time to pack and get to the terminal. The multi-band vertical may be the only antenna on air on Friday night but at least it will give us flexibility to operate on any band we choose.

Directed Calling

While this expedition simply operating with the view that we will work everyone, we will preference stations further away if there is a worthwhile opening. If we are, please be aware that we maintain the following policy (as per our other expeditions)

The team has agreed that if you are located in Oceania, South America or Africa, we will accept your call at any time, regardless of which specific region we are calling.

This will apply to VK, ZL, Oceania, South America and African stations only. All other regions, please stand by if your region isnt being called, or please look for us on another band.