After yesterdays call for Your Stories, here is the list (not in any particular order):
- K2FF, Glenn
- K0AV, Alan
- W3JJ, Ken
- K6KO, Kay
- George, K0GY
- John, W9RPM (and he just made the “3000 Club” too!
- Nice Hat John! (Great shack too!)
- K4SV, Dave
- Ron, W4BP
- Valery, R5AJ
- Larry, W6UB -Thanks to the VK0EK team, my #1 Honor Roll was achieved on March 24 at 0430 UTC on 30 CW. Licensed since 1954, I have find the content of the expedition web site refreshing and educational.73, Larry W6UB
- Andrea, IV3SKB
Rich, I am on top of the world now after having worked VK0EK on the first day for my FINAL ATNO after nearly 63 years of hamming. It feels great. In fact this day I will pop the cork on a bottle of champagne to celebrate attaining Top of Honor Roll status.Much more amazing is your team’s technologically advanced and fine-tuned infrastructure. Your use of DXA is the best I have seen. Your web site is superb. You are up-to-date with your news and pictures. Your advice on how to work Heard Island was solid. And, of course, the long voyage went smoothly and the setting up of camp seems to have been flawless. I have been on a major DXpedition myself, K5D at Desecheo, so I think I know a little something about the tremendous effort you guys have made. Congratulations.Garry, W8OI,
- Alan, K6SRZ – Thank you, thank you, thank you for DXCC counter #340, which puts me at #1Honor Roll. From here on the West Coast, the morning path at 215 deg. (SSW) was definitely the best. On the eastern path last night I couldn’t hear a thing. You were quite loud at 1258 UTC when I heard you start up, but the signal faded pretty fast–propagation from the Antarctic must be tricky. KY6R’s “How to Work VK0EK” was very useful. I hope to make a SSB QSO sometime during the expedition. I’m guessing it’ll be 20 or 40 SSB, maybe from Spit. Great job with serious logistics. Stay safe and warm. 73, Alan/K6SRZ
- Andy, RG4F
- Jim, K6ZH
- George, HA5UK
You could say I have held Heard Island in the palm of my hand, but no luck until yesterday’s contact made it #340 overall. I have had the pleasure of sharing operating with Ralph – K0IR who was a key member of the VK0IR effort. I have seen many of the photographs from that DXpedition, and in one Field Day, Ralph told me the 40 meter yagi I was assembling, was the one used on Heard. If only I could have turned that yagi into a QSL card for myself! Rolling a few years forward, I had the pleasure of Bill AE0EE operating at my station. (See picture). When I found out he was joining the Heard effort, I was excited to have an “inside contact”, (as if that would really make any difference). I am thrilled to be in the log so soon in the expedition. Stay safe and have fun. Mark – WA0MHJ
Thanks for the new band slot (my second) from VK0EK. I worked you guys at 0437Z on 24 March, exactly 33 years after I first worked Heard Island (VK0CW) on 24 March on 20M CW. Thanks for the good work!
73, Bill Goswick, K5WG
I would love to be able to say that Heard took me to top of the honor roll but, alas, it was my next-to-last. I was in one of my inactive periods the last time Heard hit the air, to the detriment of my entity count. Now, I can only hope that a DXpedition to Bouvet will happen before I send my last di-di-di-dah-di-dah! This Heard contact will put me at 350 credits (339 current).
I can’t begin to adequately express my appreciation for the crew. They’ve put themselves through a lot to make magic happen for us DX’ers! Toward the end of the run it gets tough! 73, and a major thank you and pat on the back to every person involved in this!
73, Rich KY6R