I am planning a trip to Rarotonga, Cook Islands next spring. I am hoping to get a local ham licence and work some DX contacts while there.
I have Flex3000 and Elecraft KX3 as possible radios to take with me. My favorite modes are SSB and digital (PSK31, JT65A, etc).
Airline only allows for luggage with max 50 lbs and 62" max total linear dimensions (length + width + height).
I have done some internet searching for antennas that would bring most bang for the buck.
It looks like vertical dipole located very close to beach are most commonly used antennas for this kind of DX peditions.
I am asking for expert advice here:
1) what bands are best for DX contacts in early April from South Pacific?
2) what kind of antennas should I pack for this trip given these weight and size constraints?
3) what else should I do to prepare for the trip? Any tips or advice ?
In my holiday-style operations from 8P, FJ, KH6, KP2, and V4, I have used a multiband palm-tree dipole with 140' of wire, fed with 300-ohm TV twinlead using a small MFJ tuner with a built-in balun. Where a palm tree is not conveniently available, I've used a telescoping fiberglass pole as the center support; when end supports aren't available, the dipole becomes an inverted V. This antenna supports operation from 80m through 6m, is light-weight, and is easy to setup and repair. With 100 watts near salt water from a DX location, it will keep you at the pointy end of a pileup 24x7.
You will need a slingshot, some fishing line, and some fishing weights or 5/8" nuts to get a line over the center support; be prepared to explain that you're not hunting birds...
Dave, AA6YQ (8P9RY)