Pitcairn Island 2012
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  • Soon on Pitcairn !

    Posted on January 18th, 2012 F1JKJ No comments

    Some VP6T ops arrived safely in Tahiti. Don’t miss the photos with local tahitian hams.

    According to their Pitcairn host (Andy Christian) the VP6T team should arrive on the island tommorow, Thursday, Jan 19th !

    They should leave Mangareva Tuesday afternoon. Flight arrives in Mangareva @ 11am, cross the lagoon to the main island, get cleared and processed by customs, then they should get a chance to strech their legs after the 5 hour flight from Tahiti.

    QRX !


  • VP6T Plans – Reminder

    Posted on January 11th, 2012 F4BKV No comments

    Since we got many requests asking for 6m operation, EME, SSTV, 60m, etc .. we would like to clarify the following:

    We are a small team of 5 operators, and we were very limited in baggage weight and size, mainly on the Air Tahiti domestic flight. So we had to make choices. While most of us are 6m operators, we had decided to not spend much of our precious time and effort on this band.

    No antenna will be taken for 6m, as well as no time slot is booked for 6m in our operation schedule (it will already be very hard to keep 3 HF stations running 24/7 with 5 operators).

    On the other side, we are aware there is potentially an old 5elts Yagi 6m antenna (left by OH2BR probably). If time permits, we will try to locate it and if it is still in good shape after 12 years spent on the island, then we may install it and make some tests on 6m, using conventional modes (CW and/or SSB). In that case, it will be announced on this web site, or on air by the HF operators.

    So to summarize, 6m operation from Pitcairn has not been on our agenda since the early planning stage, as well as all others bands/modes that are not specified on this web site. Thank you for your understanding.

  • VP6T Pitcairn Island 2012

    Posted on July 21st, 2011 F4BKV No comments

    After their successful operation from French Polynesia in February 2010 as TX4T, three of the four operators, joined by two new operators, are pleased to announce a new major DXpedition to CQ Zone 32 and to the famous and mythical Pitcairn Island in the heart of the Pacific Ocean

    This DX operation from Pitcairn has a target of more than 30,000 QSOs. With good propagation forecast for early 2012, efforts will be made to give this extremely rare entity to deserving DXers on as many bands as possible, but especially on the low bands. The rarity of VP6 ensures that all operators will be kept fully occupied during our nine full days on the island. We will be travelling there by boat. We are planning to have three stations active round-the-clock.

    Travelling to Pitcairn is not easy. There are only limited travel opportunities to get there. January has been chosen as the optimum time for HF propagation to the major centres of amateur radio activity, at the heart of winter in the Northern hemisphere.