We are planning for: SSB/CW/RTTY/PSK on HF bands and SSB/CW//EME/WSJT M/S/??? on VHF. We will run 700W into 'salt water verticals' and a log periodic on HF. Square fours on 80M and 40M!
We will have two separate VHF stations:
One dedicated to trans-Atlantic paths we will run high power to a large antenna on 6M and high power to a 68 element array on 2M.
For the Americas a separate site on a ridge about a half kilometer away will have similar capabilities.
Both 2M arrays will have AZ/EL rotors. All four VHF stations will be EME capable.
Our aim is to provide a new country or band/mode country to as many radio amateurs around the world as we possibly can.
This trip we will make a serious effort towards a Trans-Atlantic 2M conventional CW QSO. We will run high power with a large array. The intent is to use an attended beacon running continuously to Europe on 2M during peak Es hours.
This promises to be by far the longest and largest ham radio expedition to St. Paul Island ever. We plan to rotate operators in weekly shifts for four weeks starting the second week in June.
The requirements to receive permission to visit St. Paul have changed a great deal in recent years. It is believed that these changes are due to concerns for public safety. We are working our way through this process and are receiving excellent cooperation.
Transporting and unloading tons of equipment and supplies onto this island is a daunting and complicated process to say the least. It is surrounded by high jagged rock cliffs and strong ocean currents. The odds are good that we will experience more than one North Atlantic storm during our stay. It is cold there in June.
The scope of our proposed expedition in 2005 will require assistance from DX organizations, radio clubs and vendors as well as individuals who are interested in supporting an expedition of this size. Sponsors will be recognized on a special page listing their name and donation and on the back of our colorful fold-out QSL cards. Equipment loaned to the expedition must be for the entire 4 week period.
We are still looking for experienced operators who are physically able to carry their weight. There are no accommodations on the island. We will be living and operating in tents. We are hoping to have 5 or 6 operators on the island at all times.
We will maintain communications with our boat captain, Robert McLellan on marine frequencies. In an emergency he can be there on short notice (weather permitting). He will deliver operators and supplies as necessary. His boat handling skills and knowledge of the waters around St. Paul are legendary.
* This expedition is dedicated to the memory of Robbie McLellan, who along with his brother Doug volunteered his kind assistance and good cheer on our previous visits to St Paul.
QSL CY9SS by:
1. LOTW: Log will be uploaded to LOTW.
2. eQSL: Log will be uploaded to eQSL.
3. Direct to:
Robby Robertson VY2SS
RR#3, Oleary, PEI,
Canada C0B 1V0