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Title: VK0AI Macquarie Island
Post by: VK3HJ on March 12, 2018, 07:00:57 PM
I just read in Bernie's "Weekly DX" newsletter that Norbert VK5MQ is on his way to winter with the next crew to Macquarie Island Antarctic Research Base, for one year. He should arrive today at Macquarie.

He has an IC-7300 and a vertical antenna. Apparently he's not able to erect any wire antennas.

I can't find much information about Norbert, apart from the fact that he's active in his radio club "South-East Radio Group" Mt Gambier, SA. There are no cluster spots and his QRZ.com page is just the ACMA address info.

Hopefully, he'll be a hot DXer soon!

73 es GL,

Luke VK3HJ


Title: RE: VK0AI Macquarie Island
Post by: W2LO on March 12, 2018, 07:17:54 PM
  There was a notice posted on several DX sites over the past year about a Macquarie DXpedition "in early 2018" by five operators.. This notice has continued to be carried by DX World saying that further info would be released as the date approaches.

  No cancellation notice has appeared to my knowledge but early 2018 is here. The news of VK0AI, therefore, is very welcome.


Title: RE: VK0AI Macquarie Island
Post by: N5PG on March 13, 2018, 08:16:42 AM
Why no wire antennas, some idiot rule about birds ?


Title: RE: VK0AI Macquarie Island
Post by: W1VT on March 13, 2018, 10:03:36 AM
Maybe there are no supports for wire antennas.  None of the photos I've seen show anything usable.  Most plants only grow to a maximum of 1 meter in height.


Title: RE: VK0AI Macquarie Island
Post by: VK3HJ on March 14, 2018, 11:43:35 PM
It's probably some sort of bird paranoia thing.

The radio shack on Wireless Hill had a six wire vee beam array years ago.


Title: RE: VK0AI Macquarie Island
Post by: WA2ONH on March 15, 2018, 07:29:17 PM
Follow the ongoing doings from this site...
Macquarie Island station

http://www.antarctica.gov.au/living-and-working/stations/macquarie-island (http://www.antarctica.gov.au/living-and-working/stations/macquarie-island)

http://www.antarctica.gov.au/living-and-working/stations/macquarie-island/this-week-at-macquarie-island
 (http://www.antarctica.gov.au/living-and-working/stations/macquarie-island/this-week-at-macquarie-island)
This week at Macquarie Island: 16 March 2018
http://www.antarctica.gov.au/living-and-working/stations/macquarie-island/this-week-at-macquarie-island/2018/this-week-at-macquarie-island-16-march-2018 (http://www.antarctica.gov.au/living-and-working/stations/macquarie-island/this-week-at-macquarie-island/2018/this-week-at-macquarie-island-16-march-2018) 

"Macquarie Island is a buzz with the annual station resupply!

The Aurora Australis arrived on Monday 12 March and will remain for a planned eight days to conduct personnel change-over, cargo transfers, station refuelling, and provide support to multiple round-trip science projects."


No mention if the ham in question arrived as well. We can only hope!


Title: RE: VK0AI Macquarie Island
Post by: VK3HJ on March 15, 2018, 11:45:56 PM
No mention if the ham in question arrived as well. We can only hope!

One would think that if Norbert had jumped overboard or had otherwise gone missing, it might have been mentioned.


Title: RE: VK0AI Macquarie Island
Post by: VK3MEG on March 16, 2018, 04:57:56 AM
a friend has met him from reports he is pretty quiet. hopefully he gets on air a bit . I need this one to complete all vk call area's worked.