Update June 30: Because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, we regret that the W7GJ 6m EME DXpedition to FO/A and FO/M and the KB7Q 2m EME DXpedition to FO/M must be delayed until 2021.
Lodging reservations already have been changed, and we are in the process of revising the licensing and equipment importation authorizations.
The APPROXIMATE dates for the new DXpeditions are:
FO/A (6m only) - October 15-24, 2021
FO/M (TX7MB on 2m and 6m) - October 26-November 4, 2021
Exact dates and operating schedules will be posted on my website after September 2020, when airline reservation dates for 2021 become available:
We are looking forward to contacting you and hope that this unfortunate delay provides you with any extra time you may need to improve your station to get ready for the FO DXpedition!
GL and VY 73, Lance
In order to provide plenty of advance warning, I wanted to update you on the progress regarding planning for the Marquesas EME activation next November. Lodging is secured in Hiva Oa, FO licenses are now in hand and I will be purchasing airline tickets next week. KB7Q will be joining me to simultaneously operate 2m EME while I am operating 6m EME. We will be QRV during the best days of the month for EME. Our team callsign for Marquesas operation is TX7MB.
All the details of the 6m EME operation from TX7MB, including the planned 6m EME operating schedule, are here
For details on the 2m operation, please see KB7Q's site here
I am still investigating the possibility of a solo activation of the Austral Islands on 6m EME at the end of October before flying up to Hiva Oa. My callsign for any Austral Island operation will be FO/W7GJ. I would not be in the Austral Islands during the best days of the month for 6m EME, but the Degradation during the last 12 days of October is still quite reasonable. Given the fact that cndx then are very similar to the days when most of my contacts were made from S79GJ a few months ago, I am optimistic that I could be quite successful with a number of stations still needing FO/A. If I can put something together for an operation in the Austral Islands, I will send out another update and create another website for that.
GL and VY 73, Lance