VK5FIL Expedition to OC-261

VK5FIL Expedition to OC-261/VKFF-0175 DX News
Update from Grant (VK5GR);
”Its not long now and we will be off on another adventure! Our 6 man team is in the final throws of preparing to depart Adelaide and head to Flinders Island off the coast of Eyre Peninsula! Almost all of the planning is complete and gear is being packed ready for the crossing in the barge. Lets hope for good weather!
If all goes to plan, VK5FIL should be on the air by ~0800z 14th April from IOTA OC-261 & VKFF-0175. We will have 4 stations operating at the homestead and a number of the operators are also bringing their portable parks equipment as well to activate VKFF-4307 and VKFF-1717 in the days that follow while we are there.

Requests for skeds particularly for the satellite operation can be emailed to vk5fil.dx@gmail.com. We will also be watching 6m TEP, Sporadic E (which is still proving active if this past week is anything to go by) and hopefully Meteor Scatter, as well as 2m-23cm for tropospheric contacts around Southern Australia. The usual VK VHF spotting networks will be activated to alert people to our VHF activity.
Special event call VI60IOTA will be activated at some point through the trip as well. It will be used to activate VKFF-1717 with OC-261. Keep watching our expedition news for the one day special event activation.
For more information, head over to vk5fil.com where you can also find band plan information and propagation planning thanks to the VOACAP team.
Finally, if the internet connectivity is stable, we do hope to have the ClubLog Livestream service operating so we will be easier to find. We will confirm that once we get the IT network running on the island 🙂

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Charles M0OXO

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.