VK0EK – March 6 – April 20, 2016

Rich Holoch KY6R and Mike Coffey KJ4Z complete the setup of theVKØEK messaging system. In a demonstration, a message was sent from the “island” (a table in the development room, above left) to the support team in California (a smart phone held by Daniel Brock WB4RFQ, above right). During the expedition, the support team will accept emails for VKØEK and forward appropriate messages to the team on Heard Island.
Oct. 24, 2015. The VKØEK IT team, led by Rich KY6R, has taken the innovative step to completely eliminate pilots for the radio operation on Heard Island. This function has been replaced by a satellite-linked lightweight messaging system that will enable reliable two-way “instantaneous” messaging between the island and the support team. In conjunction with the service to process emails received through the DXA web page, the system completely eliminates the need for the traditional “pilots” that have been part of the DXpedition scene for several decades. DXers and collaborating scientists will have the ability to exchange messages essentially instantaneously, enabling troubleshooting, news, and interactive scientific research.

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