CE0Z – Juan Fernandez Island
XR0ZRC from Robinson Crusoe Island, IOTA SA-005, is coming up March
11-27. Operating will be R7AL, RA1ZZ, RK8A, RL5F, RW9JZ and CE1TBN.
The station will be a pair of IC-7300 rigs, a KX3 and a K3 to four RF
amplifiers. For antennas, they will have a spiderbeam, VDAs,
groundplane on 40-10, two-element groundplane array for 40, Titanex
vertical for 160, 80 and 40, G5RV for 80, 40 and 30, and a beverage
receiving antenna for 160 and 80. The planned bands and modes are
160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10M CW, SSB and FT8. QSLing is
via the bureau or direct to R7AL, plus Club Log and LoTW.
The Juan Fernandez expedition ramps up March 6 with a team meeting in
Moscow, then departure for Santiago, Chile the next day, March 7.
Once there, they make their way to Valparaiso and make sure all their
gear and baggage is intact, which takes them to March 8. The boat
trip to the island is March 9 with then a plane hop. By the 10th they
plan to be on the island setting up the stations. Some of the team
members begin their journey home on the 16th, as the rest continue
until takedown on the 27th and departure on the 28th.