Antipodes Island is located 750 km from the South Island and has a surface of about 20 km2. It is the main island in the namesake group. Situated at about 49°40’S latitude, the group lies between the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties.Read more
ZL9A – Final Report
The Antipodes Island project was carried out through a partnership with the Department of Conservation (DoC) of New Zealand. A team of four radio amateurs (Cezar, VE3LYC; Craig, VK5CE; Stan, SQ8X; and Bob, KD1CT) received the permission to land and operate two radio stations for a period of four days. While our team covered the transportation cost for a 6-member DoC crew and a lot of building materials, we have benefited from their on-site logistics, including being allowed to operate from the Castaway Depot, using their generators, batteries, etc. The team met in Invercargill on January 2, underwent an in-depth quarantine the next day, and boarded on January 4, in Dunedin, the 82-ft yacht Evohe, operated by a crew of five. Sailing to the island took under two and a half days, while the return almost three days. Both voyages were hard on some of the team members, particularly the return. With the help of Bob, ZL2CA, the team was able to secure the special callsign ZL9A for this operation. Between January 6, 23:49 UTC and January 10, 17:10 UTC, ZL9A made 8648 QSOs with 5476 unique stations in 101 DXCC, of which 69% in SSB and 31% in CW. […]
Received from Stan 11-01-2015 00:04 UTC We managed to leave the island, very stormy seas, on way back all good.
Received from Stan 10-01-2016 20:01 UTC We are qrt, sea calmed down a bit we will try to leave on 2-3 hours from now. The log has been uploaded to Club Log: 8,650 QSOs logged between 2016-01-06 23:49Z and 2016-01-10 17:10Z
One more day
Received from Stan 10-01-2016 11:00 UTC Waves are so huge that our captain decided to postpon departure for tomorrow evening, if sea wont settle down will wait another 1 day. Some waves crashing against shoreline are like 30-50 meters, yes meters, high!!! Our QTH is sprayed with salt water, Amazing!!! Huge crashing fountains against cliffs they are enormous! When waves crash against cliffs water strikes up producing huge fountains reaching far inside shoreline, enormous power and low freq deep sound produced.
Received from Stan @ 09-01-2016 10:54 We had hail and vy strong wind, but took advantage of a short break in the rain to move ant from 17 to 40 m. Unfortunately, a strong gust damaged the ant and there is vy strong rain and wind right now. We intend to replace it, despite difficult work in high and irregular cutty grass. iF the rain /wind stops, we will try to replace it. Fingers crossed!
Update and pictures II
The log has been uploaded to Club Log: 5,058 QSOs logged between 2016-01-06 23:49Z and 2016-01-08 18:36Z Cezar, VE3LYC, is the CW operator. The team is experiencing a lot of problems with JA stations on CW that keep calling over the weak European stations, please behave in a professional way.
Update and pictures
Received from Stan, 08-01-2016 05:12 UTC Due to bad wx forecats we must leave on our Sunday evening (Sunday 0:00 – 01:00 UTC). The team is experiencing heavy winds which collapsed one of the verticals. This has been fixed and they are running with both stations again. Please note that contacts with remotely controlled stations will NOT be accepted.
Log uploaded to Club Log
The log has been uploaded to Club Log: 2,748 QSOs logged between 2016-01-06 23:49Z and 2016-01-07 18:12Z The team reports poor conditions on all bands, let us know if you have any suggestions on propagation windows.
Message received from Stan 06-01-2016 20:18 UTC The team has landed and is setting up camp.
Message received from Stan 06-01-2016 18:37 UTC Waiting for landing in 2 hours, around 20:30 UTC. So the earlier activity was a pirate!
Arrived, preparing for landing
Update received from Stan 06-01-2016 08:15 UTC Evohe has reached the island and is anchored next to the shore. The crew is bringing gear and supplies to the island with the Zodiac. The island looks impressive with intriguing features. The radio team will land in the morning, weather is fine, overcast +10C.
Update received from Stan 04-01-2016 23:00 UTC All ok, high sea swell making Evohe bouncing left right 45-60 deg each side, difficult to walk across the yacht. Everybody in good spirits and healthy. We sail with engine on and 1 sail, good food on board and really nice crew ETA is January 7th noon LT.
Let the adventure begin!
We past quaranteen with flying colors. Equipment and personal belongings travelled separately along with DoC gear. We drove to Dunedin this morning and arrived at the peer at 11:30. After the boat was loaded and safety briefing was completed, we left the harbbour at 15:30 loc (02:30 UTC). Weather is excellent for sailing. As there’s no wind we use the engine by the time we depart. Let the adventure begin!
Team Antipodes is scheduled to set sail less than two weeks from now. Cezar is already in New Zealand, and confirms that two full sets of equipment (rigs and antennae) are already with the Department of Conservation office in Invercargill, where the quarantine is scheduled for January 3. All team members will meet in Invercargill on January 2, and in preparation for the quarantine need to treat all clothing and footwear in a trigene solution, a powerful antibacterial. We of us are a little apprehensive that the trigene will affect long term at least some of the materials and metal bits, but there is no way around it. Most of all, we are concerned of all electronic components, including photo/video cameras and laptops, as they will have to be wiped with a cloth soaked in trigene solution too… If everything goes according to plan and weather cooperates, the team will board Evohe by noon local time on January 4, and attempt landing by mid-afternoon on January 7. It will likely take a few hours before they will be QRV, since landing will require some serious hiking back and forth between the shore and camp. One of their stations will be located […]
ZL9A from Antipodes Is., OC-286 posted on DoC’s MDM Blog
Our team is truly honored and proud of the partnership with the DoC, and absolutely thrilled to collaborate with a group of extremely dedicated, top notch researchers on the wildlife of Sub-Antarctic Islands. Read more here: http://milliondollarmouse.org.nz/2015/12/09/1444/
Team Antipodes is pleased to announce that Johan, PA3EXX, has joined us as our Pilot Station. Any inquiries, suggestions, and comments during the island operations should be forwarded to him. Johan will summarize and communicate them to us. Don’t post any requests on the DX clusters, since they will not be taken into consideration.
Time schedule & logistics
Team Antipodes would like to thank all of you who have already joined our project and provided us with invaluable financial support. Since our project was approved by the Department of Conservation of NZ as a partnership, we have been working very hard to prepare all the logistics and build in the necessary contingencies for the very difficult tasks ahead. In the following, I would like to share with you briefly some of the aspects involved: The team will meet in Invercargill on January 2 and spend the evening/night treating all their clothing, boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, etc. with an antibacterial and disinfectant approved by DoC for quarantine. A comprehensive quarantine is scheduled on January 3, which will additionally include a careful spraying and treatment of all equipment (which we must bring and carry in waterproof pelican cases). All food provisions must be purchased from a specially approved DoC quarantine depot to comply with their regulations. Following the quarantine, we will rent a van and drive to Dunedin on January 4, where we will board the boat. It will take 3 days to sail to the Antipodes. Landing is only possible in cold, southerly winds. There are only two landing spots, both of them involving wet landing, one more dangerous than the other. Unless the sea conditions are perfect, landing can only be done away from the vertical cliffs on top of which the research hut is […]
ZL9A will be the callsign used during our IOTA DXpedition to Antipodes Island.
‘DoC’s Approval on our Activity from Antipodes Island
Following our efforts to bring a new IOTA to the ham radio community and official arrangements, Department of Conservation (DoC) of New Zealand announces our permit to land and to operate from Antipodes Island. “After much consideration the Department of Conservation has given approval for a group of radio enthusiasts to travel to the Antipodes Islands but insists it is not setting a precedent. The group of international amateur radio enthusiasts were seeking to broadcast from the Antipodes Islands which lie 860km to the southeast of Stewart Island. Access to the Antipodes Islands is by permit only and the group has proposed to make a significant contribution to a mouse eradication programme that DOC wants to carry out.” Read more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/73866431/Department-of-Conservation-approve-radio-enthusiasts-trip-to-Antipodes-Islands
Million Dollar Mouse Project
Our expedition is part of a project run by the Department of Conservation of New Zealand called “Million Dollar Mouse”. Feel free to visit the official website: http://milliondollarmouse.org.nz/
ARRL DXCC Department Announces ZL9 Name Change
The ARRL DXCC Department has announced a name change for ZL9, which will switch from “Auckland and Campbell Islands” to “New Zealand Subantarctic Islands.” This will not include The Snares or any islands claimed by New Zealand south of 60° S. Specifically, the Antipodes of New Zealand and the Bounty Islands of New Zealand will count for ZL9, the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands entity. This is not a new or changed entity but a clarification of which islands count for the entity previously known as Auckland and Campbell Islands. More: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-dxcc-department-announces-zl9-name-change
Welcome to the IOTA Hunter Website
We are extremely pleased to launch a website dedicated to IOTA expeditions with our current, newest IOTA project: Antipodes Island 2016. Note the website is still under construction and it will become more complex in a few days ahead. We also plan to add past projects as a portfolio. Subscribe to our Facebook and Twitter posts to receive fresh news. Any technical issues encountered? Please report them to Stan SQ8X. Thanks!
Antipodes Island is located 750 km from the South Island and has a surface of about 20 km2. It is the main island in the namesake group. Situated at about 49°40’S latitude, the group lies between the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties.