Archive - January 2024

VK5FIL – Flinders Island (OC-261)

A Team of Australian Hams will partake in a Dxpedition to Flinders Island, Australia (IOTA OC-261) in April 2024.  

The Team consists of; Grant VK5GR, Adam VK2YK, Chris VK5FR, Ivan VK5HS, Andy VK5LA & Paul VK5PAS.

The dates of operation – 14th April 2024 – 21st April 2024.
Islands On The Air (IOTA) – Flinders Island OC-261
World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) – Investigator Important Bird Area VKFF-0175

Flinders Island is located in the Investigator Group off the coast of South Australia, about 35 km southwest of the mainland town of Elliston. (Flinders Island Ecoscape 2024)

The Investigator Group is an archipelago in the Great Australian Bight off the western coast of the Eyre Peninsula that consists of Flinders Island, Waldegrave Islands, The Watchers, Topgallant Island, Ward Islands and Pearson Isles. (NGIA 2022)

​Flinders Island is the largest and only inhabited island in the Investigator Group.
More information can be found on their website here;

VI60IOTA Australia

Plans are underway to activate a special event callsign across Australia to mark the 60th anniversary of the Islands On the Air awards program in 2024.
Details of this activation and how we will be using the callsign as part of the VK5FIL expedition will be available soon.
VK5FIL – Flinders Island, South Australia – OC-261

8R7X Guyana

14th – 24th February 2024

8R7x .com

Follow along four young and ambitious DXPeditioners
on their journey to 8R – Republic of Guyana.

The 8R – Guyana 2024 project is thrilled to announce a major achievement as the Guyanese Telecommunications Authority assigns them the special callsign 8R7X for the duration of their activity. After originally given a longer callsign, this is a big step for the project to smooth the operating process.

Furthermore, it can be said that all necessary paperwork has been finalized to ensure smooth travels and operations for the whole team.

Right now, the team is busy testing final pieces of their equipment. The antennas, a crucial part of the project, are already packed and ready to go.

The team will gather in Miami, Florida – USA, on February 12th, 2024, before flying to Georgetown, Guyana. On the day after, they plan to set up their equipment in this beautiful South American location.