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Nauru, C21HA, 2012

The target of the HA South Pacific Tour is changed to C2, Nauru

Nauru, 10 01 2012We had two focuses on our announced January/February 2012 South Pacific DX Tour: T2 and T30 with possible operation from T33. We are regret to advice that we had to cancel the operation from T2 and T30. That was the bad news.

The good one is that our new target is C2, Nauru.

The reasons of these very last minute changes, which are out of our control, are as follows:

  1. We had to cancel the T30 as the flights from Fiji to Tarawa are suspended since 12 September 2011, due to the air traffic dispute between Kiribati and Fiji. There is high risk to extend the flight disruption for even longer period. After the consultation with the airlines and our consulate in Canberra, we were advised that "there is high risk of not to get to Tarawa or can not leave Tarawa for a long, undefined period of time. This situation does not affect the flights to Tuvalu and Nauru."
    We were waiting until the very last minute hoping that the air traffic dispute between Fiji-Tarawa-Fiji will be solved,  but the flights has not been restarted, yet.

  2. Tuvalu government declared a nation-wide state of emergency on 28 September 2011 due to critical shortage of drinking water. The state of emergency was declared after existing desalination plants broke, exacerbating an already dire situation. The water crisis is still serious on two of the worse affected islands, the capital island of Funafuti and Nukulaelae. The airlines till do not accept excess baggage at all, including hand luggages, because of the loads of drinking water containers by Red Cross. We could check in less than the third of our technical stuff, resulting significant and unreasonable limitation of the station set up. Due to this restriction we decided to cancel the T2HA Tuvalu operation, as well.

  3. Due to the above detailed situation, we decided to change the target our DX pedition to C2, Nauru. Operation is planned between 10 January and 6 February 2012 as C21HA with two stations on all HF bands.

It was the first time that we asked support and received contribution from DX Foundations, DX Organizations and individuals. We appreciate these supports very much. However we will contact all organizations and individuals who supported us, and will pay the donations back if these changes would make them disappointed, despite Nauru is much better ranked on the most wanted DXCC list.

 

Comments  

# SM5AQDHawk 2012-01-10 13:10
Fine - good Luck. Please try morning time around 8,30 -9,30Z for QSO´s on 12 and 10M.

If SO Eu goes well NO Eu +Zulu time
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# VK2XQJack 2012-01-10 19:08
Please consider 50MHz operations from the Pacific as Dec-Apr is prime 6m time, C21 is much in demand on 50MHz. Last major C21 operation on 50MHz was 2000 when I was C21JH...Jacj VK2XQ (C21JH, T30JH, T33JH, 3D2JH, V63JH, T20JH etc)
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# G3RTEJim 2012-01-11 11:22
Shame about the problems. But C21 much needed. Don't forget 40m CW our morning about 0800z. Much needed in W Europe.

Good luck
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# K4CIABill 2012-01-12 11:26
Don't forget TopBand...many on east coast USA need C2 there.

Good luck and be safe!

73
Bill
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# K4MWBBill 2012-01-12 11:54
Good to hear you on the air. Please do get on 160m if you can.

73 and good DXing!

Bill K4MWB
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# W9YEGavin 2012-01-12 22:05
What a pleasant surprise to work you on 24 Mhz today. FB CW op at the key. Enjoy your trip es 73/DX de W9YE
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# DJ5MNBernhard 2012-01-14 18:10
WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE! I did not need 3D2 & T2 &T30 & T33, BUT I needed C21.....now i worked you on 15m CW....TNX for a new one.....good change of DXpedition target ...at least from my point of view....now I hope for your low band operation!!

GOOD LUCK and enjoy the time

Bernhard DJ5MN
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# W6XIJERRY 2012-01-18 13:27
TRY TOPBAND AT 11:30 TO 14:30 UTC FOR NA. SIGNALS SHOULD BE BETTER THAN YOUR SUNSET. 73'S
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# G3RTEJim 2012-01-18 13:44
Guys,

Thanks for the 40m CW qso 17/01/2012. Been looking for C21 on 40m for about 40 years!

73 Jim
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# k6fafHans 2012-01-23 02:14
Tnx for making a decision, putting c2 on air...t2 already done. Tnx contact on 15 ssb, possibly more
Good job, appreciated.
k6faf
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# AI0ORob 2012-01-23 12:49
Great job guys! Very good signals. Please try 80/160 around 12:00Z for central NA. Heard you yesterday on 80M 1 1/2 hours after our SR, but rather late to make a QSO. Keep it up!
73,
Rob AI0O
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# MW0JZEAnthony 2012-01-28 07:46
Well done lads, good ears, one call and I was in! Safe trip home and enjoy your cuppa from me :-)

73's Ant MW0JZE
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# K0FTCJohn 2012-02-03 11:47
Great sig into CO this morning - TU for new entity for me, and send you warm wishes, despite our blizzard here this morning - HI. Listening to you for a while - great job, nicely done!
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# N8DEDon 2012-02-06 21:07
Please do NOT return my donation as your C21HA operation is FIRST CLASS!
Yes, there is some disappointment to not hearing T2HA or T30HA, but, sometimes things are unexpected.

Hope you can still make T33HA. Need that on PHONE for all-time DXCC.

Age here is 75 and will not have many more years to wait! 73
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