[GOLIST] NEWS RELEASE
- *Hi folks,
I just received this news release:
November 17, 2005
ATTEMPT TO ACTIVATE MARKET REEF ON LOW BANDS
The Finnish quartet of OH0RJ, OH2BH, OH2BO and OH2PM will attempt a boat
landing onto this barren rock from November 22-24, 2005 in their effort to
put OJ0B and OJ0J on the low bands, both CW and SSB, for one week, including
the CQ World Wide DX contest. If landing is not successful by Thursday, the
24th, the operation will not take place this season.
The last winter season low-band activity from Market Reef was in 1988. One
of the team members in that year, John, W2GD was injured and had to be
airlifted out of the rock by rescue helicopter. With tightened aviation
regulations, it is now impossible to carry petrol or any sizable objects,
such as antenna masts, alongside the helicopter body; hence small boat
landing remains the only potential choice. The ground temperature is below
freezing and the sea is ice-cold and about to freeze, with high winds at
this time of the year. As of November 17, first snow of about 4 inches
fell on the Aland Archipelago.
You can monitor the Market Reef weather at:
With no jetty or other potential landing point, the group is forced to use a
zodiac and land at whatever corner of the reef they find calmer, and send
their boat back to Aland Islands immediately after a successful landing.
They will be taken back by helicopter, weather permitting, after the
contest, November 28. The high cost of the overall transport is partly
offset by the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF).
Please note that at the very best, the challenge will also be at your end of
the circuit. Market Reef along with Finland is located at 60 degrees North
inside the aurora oval. According to the statistics, the area is usually
suffering the aurora for an average of 100 days a year. This time the
geomagnetic conditions are expected to be favorable for LF since the
operation is scheduled to take place between the impacts of recurrent
coronal holes 194 and 195 (STAR tags).
Operating frequencies are harmonized with the R1MVW group and are as
CW: 1812.5 and 1834.5, 3512 and 3544, 7012 and 7034, 10112, 14034,
18082, 21034, 24894 and 28034 kHz
SSB: 1855, 3798, 7080, 14190, 18140, 21290, 24940, 28490 kHz
QSL routing: OJ0B via OH2BH and OJ0J via OH0RJ
Aland Islands, November 18-21, 2005
Martti, OH2BH and Ville, OH2MM will be active this coming weekend from OH0
making preparations for the Market Reef outing and the CQWW CW contest.
Ville will activate OH0MM in the CQWW all-band category. QSL OH0B via OH2BH
and OH0MM via OH2MM.
posted by JOHN - K1XN
MSN Messenger: js4774@...*
- The following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
*9U0A - Burundi*
73 es DX!
Bill Moore NC1L
posted by JOHN - K1XN