VK0EK – March 6 – April 20, 2016


Mike, KJ4Z, the brains behind the VK0LD operation, which was the first remote operation from a Top 10 DX Entity, is sending QSL’s out to the lucky 43 who managed to make a QSO with that special event callsign.

Here is a sample of that QSL / Letter:


Please check with Mike – and request yours today!


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As promised, once we received the laptops back from Heard Island, we would reconcile all laptops with the master N1MM+ log, and more than 100 QSO’s have been recovered. We hope you were the lucky one – and if you have any questions – please contact our QSL Manager, Tim, M0URX:


We would like to thank Pete, W6OP, and Mike, KJ4Z for their most excellent efforts finding and recovering these QSO’s. The majority were recovered from a failed laptop that did not sync with the N1MM+ Master log.

Recovered QSOs have been uploaded to OQRS http://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

They will be uploaded to Clublog and LOTW very soon.

Contacts by day and hour (UTC), colored by band.  Can you spot the geomagnetic storm?

Contacts by day and hour (UTC), colored by band. Can you spot the geomagnetic storm?

As an avid user of the statistical software R, Bill (AE0EE) did some analysis of the VK0EK log database. The Log Analysis (88 kB PDF) contains many tables and a few figures, which give glimpses into the statistical side of the VK0EK operation.

In the data, it is clear that the there was a strong diurnal cycle to propagation, and a sharp decline in the maximum usable frequency in the late afternoon local (around 1300 UTC). Additionally, the effects of the geomagnetic storm can be seen in the hour-by-hour time series shown above, where on April 3rd and 4th, the high rates typical of other afternoons did not materialize.

Bill, AE0EE, has created a video which encompasses the voyage of the Braveheart from Cape Town through the landing on Heard Island. In it, not only is there the rolling of the sea, but the deployment of two types of scientific buoys. First up is an ARGO diving buoy, followed by a NOAA drift buoy. The birds seen as the ship arrives at Atlas Cove are the endemic Heard Island cormorants. Upon reaching the island, our team was greeted by king penguins.

Communications Today cover

You might remember Ruan was featured during the DX-pedition as making a QRP QSO using his portable station. He sent the full article that features Hans-Peter HB9BXE, featuring both Hans-Peters many DX-peditions and his excellent operating skill as well as details regarding the 30M Four Square that Hans – Peter and a friend he worked with regarding its technical design.

HB9BXE 2.4

Here we have Hans – Peter on Heard Island and other DX-peditions . . .

30m 4-SQ VK0EK 3.2

Here are some of the 30M Four Square technical details, and finally . . .

BA6QH work

BA6QH at his DX Post.

Thanks very much Ruan – we really appreciate it!