This page designed and maintained by N1DG ( ) redesigned by PA0ABM News Bulletin, 13 october 1998 CAMPBELL ISLAND PRESS RELEASE 14 OCTOBER 1998 The upcoming DXpedition to Campbell Island ZL9CI is in the last stages of planning with less than three months to go. The team of 11 highly experienced ops will sail from Wellington, New Zealand to Campbell Island 52 degrees South on January 1, 1999. The voyage in the 125' "Braveheart" (ex Japanese research vessel) will take approximately 6 days. It is expected the six stations will be on the air around January 10, depending on the weather at the time of setup. The last QSO will take place around the 24th of January. Our team objective is to push Campbell Island ZL9 down the list of the "100 most wanted countries" as we did with the Kermadecs ZL8RI in 1996. The team will operate 160m to 6m, SSB, CW, RTTY and if time and conditions permit a few experiments with SSTV will be made. Getting the logs off the island for internet availability will be a problem. Weather will be a problem. Enthusiasm within the team is extremely high. Information from the team will be available on the internet via the five pilots. More information to follow over the next few months. Visit the ZL9CI internet site at Http:// set up by Don N1DG, one of our pilots. The site is still under construction, but you will learn about Campbell Island, it's wonderful environs, the team and our plans. Donations may be sent to: Ken Holdom ZL2HU - DXpedition Leader 31 St. Johns Terrace. POB 56099 Tawa, Wellington New Zealand Lee ZL2AL -Logistics Planning and Team member ZL9CI Campbell Island DXpedition, Jan 99 News Bulletin, 5 November 1998 The New Zealand team met with the New Zealand Department of Conservation officials on October 31 in Wellington and to finalize details for the DXpedition. The meeting was cordial and defined what is permissible on Campbell Island in terms of protection for the wildlife flora and fauna. The Conservation Department was extremely helpful and has allowed us to add an additional team member to the group. We welcome Murray, ZL1CN who is a very capable operator and New Zealander with contest experience as a member of the ZM2K Kiwi Contest team. The equipment inventory will include the following….. Four FT1000MPs, one FT1000, three FT900s, one FT990, two FT920 and an FT655 for 6 metres. Amplifiers include three Command Technologies Commander HF2500s and one HF1200, one Yaesu VLX, one Yaesu FL7000, Yaesu FL2100B, SB220, Dentron Clipperton, and a 6 metre amplifier. Antennas include 2 x 10M monos, 2 x 15M monos, 2 x 20M monos, 2 x WARC dual banders, 2 x tribanders, 30M Gladiator vertical, 40M Four square, 80M four square, 160M vertical and Create 40M vertical plus wire loops and a 6M yagi. Nine laptops operating with CT, plus Four 5 KW diesel generators and one 2 KW gas powered generator will be used for power. Satellite, SSTV and RTTY equipment and multi-mode controllers will also be taken. The "Braveheart" is being refitted for the journey prior to departure from Wellington on January 1. With only 55 days to go the team is in great spirits and can’t wait to go! Donations are still required to finance this major effort. Our heartfelt thanks to all the clubs and major organizations that have contributed to this DXpedition. The ZL9CI Website is up and running at You can monitor the daily temperature and weather there. More to come Lee ZL2AL - Logistics Planning News Bulletin, 3 December 1998 It is now only 4 weeks to go and the excitement is running high. ZL9CI promises to be a "Classic" DXpedition with operations on all bands and modes. The DPpedition Operations Manual is finished and most details have been finalized, including the individual operators shifts during the first few days. Some equipment has arrived in New Zealand for packing and checking. More gear will arrive over the next few weeks. We regretfully announce that Ron Wills ZL2TT is unable to make the trip with the team due to health reasons. Ron will continue to help the team from New Zealand. In addition, Mike Mraz N6MZ has been forced to leave the team due to unfortunate timings of business pressures. We shall miss them both and look forward to working them from ZL9CI. Two new team members will join us for the trip South. Trey Garlough N5KO is a very experienced DXpedtioner and operator and will be a great asset in the pileups. Wilbert Knol ZL2BSJ has considerable in depth DX, Contesting and PACSAT experience and we look forward to utilizing his special skills at ZL9CI. Both new ops are excellent CW men! Preparations and packing gear are progressing nicely and the lineup of gear is substantial. Hundreds of individual amateurs, DX organizations and commercial companies have contributed generously to make ZL9CI happen. We cannot say thank you enough to these people and companies. There still remains a little more money to raise and I am sure further donations will be forthcoming. The overwhelming support we have received is mind boggling and the team will work hard at Zl9CI to make sure this debt is repaid with thousands of contacts. The team is now Ken ZL2HU, Lee ZL2AL, Murray, ZL1CN, Wilbert ZL2BSJ, Jason ZL2URN, Brian VE3XA, Declan EI6FR, Andrew GI0NWG, Al K3VN, Trey N5KO, James 9V1YC and Jun JH4RHF The Pilots are Don N1DG, Ron AA7DX, Joe JJ3PRT and , Rob GI0KOW NZ Technical support Chris ZL2DX, Bob ZL1RS and Ron ZL2TT More updates soon! See Lee Jennings ZL2AL Logistics and planning News Bulletin, 13 December 1998 Some concern recently has been expressed by the amateur community about our permit restrictions on Campbell Island. The New Zealand Department of conservation has granted a permit to the Kermadec DX Association which restricts us to "daytime" visits only, of around 18 hours. After two years of negotiations, which are still continuing, the NZ DoC will not move from their position. Even as late as 31 October 1998, during our last meeting with the DoC we were still trying to get 24 hours and flexibility with the OFF/ON time on the island. There is a provision in the permit that allows us to remain on the island if the weather is deemed too rough, for safety reasons, to return to the ship. The decision to go or stay will be made on a daily basis by the DoC officer with the team. Their NZ Department of Conservation's contention is that overnight "tourism" will impact on the island's environment. The permit does allow operation for about 2 hours after sunset and before sunrise during the best low-band propagation enhancement periods. The LF propagation window enables low band contacts to all parts of the globe that have a common "darkness" window during January. The twilight hours at Campbell Island's very low southern latitude are very long and should allow (the potential for) 70 hours operation on the low bands during the DXpediton. On a day to day basis, ZL9CI will have at least six stations on the air from 1600 UTC until 10.30 UTC. There may be some minor variances to these times but they will be documented on a daily basis in writing. The bottom line is that the Kermadec DX Association had two choices. 1. To abandon plans for ZL9CI in the foreseeable future OR 2. To proceed with our plans to activate Campbell Island and live with the restrictions which will affect some of time we are able to devote to the lower bands. In the interests of Amateur radio there was one only clear choice. We had to do it! We are caught between a rock and a hard place! As New Zealanders we understand the DoC's protective attitude. We ask the Amateur community to accept the NZ DoC's position as we have. At the present time we have a cordial, but "business like" relationship with the DoC and we do not want to put that relationship at risk. As fanatical DXers, the team can only lament the loss of a few opportunities, but we think that by staying longer (2 weeks and 3 weekends) we will more than satisfy the need for a QSO with Campbell Island. Amateurs will be able to work us on all bands, and all modes, and indeed during the prime times on the lower frequencies. Perhaps this will set the record straight on our DoC permit. Ken Holdom ZL2HU, DXpedition Leader Lee Jennings ZL2AL, Logistics and planning More updates soon! Pilot Bulletin, 1 January 1999 At 00:20 UTC 01 Jan. 1999 the Braveheart sailed with the ZL9CI team aboard from Wellington for the 7 day journey to Campbell Island. Assuming one day for setup look for them around the 9th. I will keep you posted on the web site and here with new postings. One bit of news from the team: Ron, ZL2TT was scheduled to do the SSTV for us. As he is not making the trip and as we do not have the expertise to run SSTV, it will no longer be a featured mode on the expedition, sorry. All other plans stay intact including plans to upload logs daily to the web. Plan on a 24 hour delay to get the logs over PACSAT after operations commence. All logs will have a 24-36 hour delay in transmission. Please please not ask WHEN THE LOGS ARE GOING TO BE RECEIVED 5 seconds after the first qsos. If it is not posted on the web site THEN WE DO NOT HAVE THEM. I will not have other info. I will not answer those emails...there is enough to do in pilot duties without answering the obvious...when the logs arrive they will on the site. The team looks forward to providing a new one to the deserving...Happy New Year...DX IS! Don, N1DG News Bulletin, 4 January 1999 After a slightly rough but very fast trip of 90 hours sailing, the team has arrived at Campbell Island and is anchored in Perseverence Harbour for the night. Sea lions frolicked in the harbour and Royal Albatross wheeled around the Braveheart as we made our way up the harbour. The temperature is around 6 degrees C and the wind steady around 20 knots with drizzle and mist obscuring the peaks around the ZL9CI site. Tomorrow morning at 3 AM will see the team unloading the 5 tonnes of equipment and begin to assemble the antenna system. We are are all in good health and can't wait to put ZL9CI on the air in a few days. Lee ZL2AL - Planning and Logistics for the ZL9CI DXpedition News Bulletin, 5 January 1999 The ZL9CI team arrived on Campbell Island at 4 AM in the morning and set a new world record for antenna installations. In 14 hours the team erected on 8.5 M rotatable poles - 1 Force 12 20M mono, 2 Nagara 12/17 M WARC banders, 1 15 M Cushcraft 5 el Mono, 1 10 M Cushcraft mono and 1 30 M Gladiator vertical. In addition, masts are in place for three more yagis to be installed tomorrow All the radio equipment and generators are ashore and in place. It is possible that ZL9CI may commence operations within the next 36 hours if computer setup and station setup goes well. Our permit restrictions still are in place and we will not be operational from 1100 UTC to 16.30 UTC. The weather has been kind and the only trouble we have experienced is challenges from the many sea lions which frequent our ZL9CI site. At one point today, we had two big yagis on the ground ready to put up when two sea lions, each weighing about 800 kg chased several team members and proceed through the yagis, elements and coaxial cable causing much laughter and chaos. The male bull seals are quite territorial and agressive. Team members spent the rest of the afternoon looking over their shoulders and walking in pairs. More to follow in next Press release. Lee ZL2AL - Logistics and Planning for the ZL9CI DXpedition News Bulletin, 6 January 1999 (ZL9CI ready to GO) The ZL9CI team has completed the installation of all antennas and equipment. Operations are expected to commence on or about 2300 UTC January 6 1999. The team at ZL9CI wishes to the world Amateur radio community for your overwhelming support and good wishes for our operation. We look forward to working you in the pileups. Ken Holdom ZL2HU - DXpedition organizer Lee Jennings ZL2AL - Logistics and Planning


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