Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Island DXPedition 2017 News

Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Island DXPedition 2017 News

Christmas Island Flag

This expedition began planning in early 2017 as the brainchild of Chris VK3FY, Lee VK3GK and Tony VK3TZ. The idea was to activate each island as part of the Oceania DX Contest in either the SSB or CW divisions.

Both Christmas Island (OC-002) as VK9XI and Cocos Keeling Island (OC-003) as VK9CI will be active each for a week.

  • Christmas Island from October 2nd – 10th (coincides with Oceania SSB Contest weekend)
  • Cocos Keeling Island from October 10th -17th (coincides with Oceania CW Contest weekend)

In addition to the original three operators they will be joined by Luke Steele VK3HJ and Peter Dernikos VK3FN (K3BV).

The on air plan will the team mainly work Split. Please do not call on their transmit frequency, (unless specifically asked). SSB split will start most of the time 5 KHz up from their

Cocos Keeling Islands Flag

transmit frequency.CW/RTTY will start 1 KHz up from their transmit frequency. The team intends to try and keep splits as narrow as possible. Also, if they are not listening UP, they will listen DOWN. Always listen to and follow the operators instructions. No specific frequencies has been choosen as yet. Keep watching the DX clusters or spots.

NOTE: the team will be specifically making provisions to work within the US General band plans.


11 thoughts on “Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Island DXPedition 2017 News

  1. Hope you guys have a safe trip. Was wondering about power and antennas you plan to use? I live in Va on the east coast of us. I need VK9X for ATNO. Conditions don’t look to promising for me to have QSO.

    Dave, N4XYZ

    1. Take a look at our equipment page. We should be running full 400W (legal limit) for VK from both islands.

  2. We should have some darkness overlap at your sunrise and sunset in the northeast of the US (W1). That is usually a good skew path for us to the SE and I bet we’ll have an opportunity to work you on 80m. Please listen for us on CW.

  3. Would really appreciate some 20M/40M SSB around 1000Z-1500Z for NA. 10M and 12M bands are essentially dead for us, but seems to be where you are working the most. Would be greatly appreciated! Thanks and good luck!

    1. Thanks for your help! I continue to essentially see only 10, 12, and 15M VK9XI activity via several spotting networks and searches on the frequencies noted on the website. Those bands continue to be “dead” propagation-wise for most of North America, while 20 and 40M are wide open day after day. I don’t mean to be cynical, by I hope the guys will find some time for us before the 10th and teardown. Again, thank you and 73.

  4. How about 15 meters now. aka between 22:00 – 01:00z Still have not heard you on any band. Thank you! John K5AV en TX

  5. Thanks you for the 17m CW QSO!!

    I hope to see you on VK9CI!!

    Please give a chance for RTTY QSO on VK9CI!!
    Your my first VK9Con RTTY!!

    73! de JR0AMD Akihito

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