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VK9MA Mellish Reef flag Mellish Reef

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While this is a small, budget-conscious DXpedition, activating Mellish Reef will require significant expense for a charter boat and equipment. We kindly invite you to donate to the cause and support us. Any amount will help. Those who donate $10 or more will be provided priority QSL status. All sponsors and supporters will be listed on the Sponsors page.

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VK9MA - Mellish Reef 2017
Center: 17°23'45"S 155°52'30"E
Courtesy of Tom (NS6T)

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A 9 operator team, led by Rob, N7QT will be active from Mellish Reef as VK9MA, QRV from November 3rd, 2017 through November 16th, 2017.  Mellish Reef, IOTA (OC-072) is currently #28 most wanted on Clublog.  The team will be QRV from Heralds-Beacon Islet, the only permanent land in the reef on all bands, CW, RTTY, and SSB.

Website: https://vk9ma.com/

N7QT Team Leader , SM5AQD Co-Team Leader , DL3DXX , LB8DC , N9ADG , SM1ALH , SM5GLC, W5XU, WJ2O

Americas Pilot – – K4PI
Europe Pilot –  –  ON9CFG
Africa Pilot –  – V51B

Off-Island Support:VK4APN , K7ADD


5 x Elecraft K3S Transceivers

4 x Expert SPE-1.3K FA, 1x OM Power 2500

TX Antennae:
17m/20m  – 2 element custom Vertical Dipole Array
10m-20m – 2 element SteppIR yagi(s) @ 10m AGL
30m – DX Engineering 4 square
40m – DX Engineering 4 square
10-40 – SteppIR CrankIR full height adjustable ¼ wave vertical
80m – DX Engineering 4 square
160m – full height ¼ wave vertical (kite), 90'ft Titanex vertical

RX Antennae:
80m – custom DHDL ~ RDF 9.8
160m –  DX Engineering 4 square vertical array ~RDF 13


VK9MA QSL information - https://vk9ma.com/qsl/

QSL manager is Rob -N7QT.

Club Log OQRS direct or bureau is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. QSL cards are beautiful full-color photographic quality. 

This is a very expensive expedition and all contributions are gratefully accepted by the team.

QSL priority will be:

  1. $10 USD donation
    • Get your QSOs uploaded to LOTW  and eQSL upon our return.
    • Receive your QSL card when they have been printed, on a priority basis.
  2. $5 USD Club Log OQRS direct
    • QSL cards mailed monthly.
  3. Direct QSL card with SASE for USA.  International SAE + $5 USD. Mail to N7QT.
    • QSL cards mailed monthly.
  4. Bureau cards via ClubLog OQRS.
    • QSL cards mailed yearly.
  5. Burea cards via N7QT
    • ​​This method is DISCOURAGED. We DO NOT want your QSL card.  ** DO NOT SEND CARDS TO THE VK BUREAU!** Any cards to the VK bureau will not reach us, and can not be replied to! Please use Club Log OQRS. 
    • QSL cards mailed yearly.
  6.  All QSOs will be uploaded to LOTW and EQSL after 6 months.

21422 NE 79th Street
Redmond, WA 98053

If you have log or QSL questions, please be sure to include your complete QSO details.



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