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VK9WX Willis Island


May be an image of oceanI  am pleased to announce that I have been appointed QSL Manager for Sands VK9WX, currently working on Willis Island for the Bureau of Meteorology.

Willis island is an external territory of Australia, located 450 kilometres (280 mi) East of Cairns, Queensland, beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea. The Island is aligned NW to SE and is about 500 metres (1,600 ft) long by 150 metres (490 ft) wide, 7.7 hectares (19 acres) in area, rising to about 9 metres (30 ft) above sea level.
Sands logs will be uploaded to M0OXO OQRS where you can search the log and request QSL Cards you may require.
QSL Cards are on order from UX5UO QSL Print and will be available early in the New Year. M0OXO OQRS will be open in the coming days, I will post here again once the log is uploaded.

RSGB Transatlantic Centenary Event

The TC activity is going well. There are many award chasers looking for QSOs with the eleven call signs, plus plenty of interest from North America.
After 18 days, we have made over 90,000 QSO, roughly 45% of which have been digital, 30% CW and 25% SSB. A full breakdown by band and mode is published each day on the RSGB website – see below.
You can also find the leaderboard there, which is interesting, with both UK and non-UK stations competing for the two trophies with some dedication and enthusiasm.
Full details of how to take part are on the RSGB website, see

VK9CVG Cocos Keeling Islands

Nobby, G0VJG has now been issued with his Callsign for his trip to Cocos Keeling.
He will be QRV as VK9CVG (IOTA OC-003), between the 17th & 24 February 2023.
He will operate on 80-10m, mainly SSB and little FT8.
Qsl via M0OXO

VK5KI Kangaroo Island, Australia

Tony VK5AVB, is now the new owner of the VK5KI call sign following completion of the licence transfer from Grant VK5GR by the Australian regulator.
Grant originally acquired the call in 2020 to specifically activate Kangaroo Island (IOTA OC-139). Now that Tony is the new permanent voice from the island it is only fitting that they be heard as VK5KI as well.
Tony is an SSB op first and foremost and has built a formidable station down on Kangaroo Island in a relatively short time. He also loves his DX so if you hear him on the air, please say hello!
QSL Service will continue via M0OXO and new Cards will be printed in due course.