Update September 18, 2023: I arrived well and the expected windy weather of the Chathams welcomed me. We managed to erect a hexbeam and a DX Commander vertical (40-10m version). We had to compromise with the height for the hexbeam as safety/handling of the installation in the wind did not allow us to go higher with a tube mast. The wind bends the DX commander and we will need to add additional guy wires as the elements flipping around impacts the SWR. As a result our signal looks distorted at times.
The next job is the 80m vertical and we may have to reduce the height of it as well. It must be safe for one person to manage the antennas. We will try to get up an 11m vertical part plus top load. It must happen soon as the forecast promises gale force winds and lots of rain for the end of this and next week.
Update August 23, 2023: DX-World publishes that return trips at the end of October and November are also planned by Holger.
Note: The QTH is off grid and powered by a solar system with batteries therefore it’s very limited for high power possibilities.
Update August 18, 2023: Dates set to September 15-28, 2023
Holger, ZL3IO will be QRV on 160-10m (CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8) as ZL7IO from Chatham Islands in September.
QSL via DK7AO and LOTW.