A35AG Team will be active from Tonga in September/October 2019.
The Team will include VK5GR, VK3BDX, VK5XDX. They will operate on 160 – 10m, including activity in CQ WW DX RTTY and Oceania DX SSB Contest.
From VK5GR ” After three successful IOTA activations so far, I have definitely got itchy feet to do another. My current project is to visit Tonga in October 2019.
This time I hope to take a team of amateur operators with me so that we can mix more on air time with more holiday time for the family. It is very early days at this point so no firm commitments. I expect things to firm up after Christmas 2018 when further details will be announced. Loose plans are in place for at least the OCDX SSB Contest and possibly CQ WW RTTY and / or OCDX CW as well.
See you on the air once again from the South Pacific!”
I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.
I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.
IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.
In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.