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58 comments

Mario Di Biase
2016-04-09 06:59:36
I hope in a QSO digital mode,new one for me!
Hans/SM6CVX
2016-04-09 09:43:37
Hi. How about 6 meter??? It is perfect time for Es/Tep from Europe to that area.
And if you are high up, it will be super. If you decide to do 6 meter, please send me a short e-mail.OK?? Have
fun and enjoy your trip.Hans SM6CVX

Jonathan W6GX
2016-04-10 03:47:05
Good to hear about your plan Bill. Recently Oliver W6NV made over 11,000 contacts as ZD7W. There was high demand for CW and the low bands as the on-island hams there are mostly SSB operators and work on the higher bands. With that said Oliver didn't do any digital modes. I think the digital demand is quite high as the on-islanders are not digital operators. It would be a thrill to work you on digital. Have a safe trip and see you in the pileups.
Virginio IZ5EKV
2016-04-10 07:14:11
Hi,
hope for RTTY Qso,ZD7 is the last confirm for my 335 DXCC on digital!
2016-04-10 12:02:46
Best wishes for your DX trip to St Helena.

I hope the airport is finished in time. I wondered where you are flying from.

It's a place I have always wanted to visit.

Who know now there are commercial flights I might get there one day.

Regards
Mike
G6DFD
Bill G0VDE
2016-04-10 17:27:35
Bill G0VDE / ZD7VDE replying to several of the comments ...
'Hi and thanks for your comments. I will see what demand is like but it is useful to know low bands and digimodes are needed more than SSB. I will see what I can do for 80m and I am intending to operate 40m anyway. 6m is a possibility as well - both the rigs I plan to take cover that band. Please keep commenting and I will try to keep you posted during the next few weeks. All the best, Bill'
Mike G6DFD
2016-04-19 17:45:31
Sounds like the trip of a life time Bill. Wondered if your flying Comair from Luton ?
I've always wanted to visit St Helena and now they have an airport I'm sure more people will visit.
Keep us all up to date with your progress and best of luck.
Regards
Mike
G6DFD
Robert Urban W9EWZ
2016-04-28 14:30:37
Bill,
There would be a great deal of interest in possible operation from ZD7 on 160 meters.
Best of luck on your trip.
73,
Bob W9EWZ
Crowbar Smith
2016-08-21 13:09:06
I can see no mention of when you will be going to St.Helena. Dates please!
Carl, N4AA
2016-10-09 17:59:53
Can you give me the dates for your trip to St. Helena??

Thanks.
Andy- M0hlt
2016-10-13 18:32:17
Hi, I envy your trip, as I have worked with many of the " saints" down in VP8 land.
Please say hi to Bruce when your there (ZD7VC)

73, Andy,M0hlt
2016-10-14 11:49:08
Please make contact while you are here as ZD7VDE
http://sainthelenaisland.info/contact.htm - Maybe you will have content to add to http://sainthelenaisland.info/hamradio.htm ?
Bill Rothwell
2016-10-14 15:59:28
Bill G0VDE / ZD7VDE replying to several of the comments ...

Carl - N4AA
Andy - M0HLT
John Turner
Crowbar Smith

Hi all, as you may have seen (and I have replied to you also) the Airport is still delayed and there are no commercial flights to ZD7.
I hope the airport will be opened in the next few months or maybe a year but please keep an eye on my website for more info.

All the best and sorry for the continuing delay, Bill G0VDE.
ZD7WRG/jc
2016-10-18 10:12:16
Hi Bill. Good to see you are coming to the Island. shame about the airport. I am also going back to the Island at the end of the year. If you need a hand just shout i guess u have been in contact with others on Island. I have not been on air for a while out there but looking forward to going back. This week there is a plane going to to do some testing. with some luck this might bring some news for the Island Check out http://www.sthelenalocal.com let me know if we can assist once you have plans for the visit. we also beginning to publish listings for rental accommodation here http://www.propertyfinder.sh I would also make sure that you find a location that isn't so build up if you are planning to run high power etc. get in touch if you need anything. JC
Bill Rothwell
2016-10-24 15:00:57
Bill Rothwell G0VDE replying to ZD7WRG ...

Hi there ... please see October's blog post about some good news at the airport - the RJ100 landing!
Fingers crossed!
Gilbert Legg
2017-08-31 10:33:14
Hi, look forward to meeting you. My qth is just across the road from Perriwinkle. I mainly work CW. Best regards. Gilbert/ZD7BG
Bill G0VDE
2017-08-31 11:14:32
Hi Gilbert, great to hear from you and glad you have found my website. You may have seen it's unlikely I will be staying at Periwinkle - maybe I will be at Drake's / The Studio Flat.
I wish SHG would hurry up and put the tickets on sale ... we have had the prices announced and I'm waiting nervously to buy my travel!
I look forward to meeting you soon!
Andy Goens MD
2017-09-15 00:36:07
Greetings Bill, hope you won´t eat at the same place where Napoleon used to hang. I wonder if you have any plan to operate at least a little bit on the tragic band? (A.K.A. "Sick Meters" ) Cheerios
Andy YS1AG ex G5AYU
john nn0jtv
2017-09-15 11:25:27
gd luck om hope this operation will be lotw

cheers john mm0jtv 73s
Mike
2017-09-19 08:20:23
Your plans sound very good. Well thought out. I'll be looking for you. I made some contacts with a ham on St. Helena two or three years ago, one of the locals, but really look forward to hearing your signals! Hope you do well.

73 Mike DU3/W6QT
2017-09-21 16:38:00
Hello Bill,

I hope all will be well and this time, flights will not be cancelled...
A question: is 60 metres a option to include? Many 60 m operators would surely appreciate a new one on this band!
Even with a modest setup like a dipole, much should be possible. Last year, ZD8W had good signals, I do not expect ZD7 to be much different.

GL with your operation, look forward to hearing your signals!
Henk PA2S
William Castellani
2017-09-24 10:13:58
Hi my name is William and i live in Italy.
I’m is the collector of sands in the World.
I have 3000 sands the World !
Please you help me?
I’m recerched sands of particular !
You send me the little of sand the beach of ST. Helena island?


I send you money or spedition.
Thank you very much.
My address is:
CASTELLANI WILLIAM
VIA GRUPPINI N 29
CAP 43058 SORBOLO PARMA
ITALY
Best regards
Bill Turini
2017-09-25 23:12:08
Looking forward to your trip.

I worked ZD7AF way back in '88, but he didn't QSL so I need to work you :-)

I worked on Ascension Island for a year and was thrilled when I finally worked it, twice.

I'll be looking for you on the bands.

73s

Bill
KA4GAV
Ron
2017-09-26 15:04:54
Hope to work you on 160!
Dragan 9A6W
2017-09-26 21:30:51
Please, would you be so kind and consider 60 m operation. GL 73
Johan
2017-09-27 16:49:19
Good luck and I would like to QSO you on few bands and Modes.
When in Cape Ton let me know.
O and you safe with Airlink, my son used to be Captain with them.
73
ZS1A
Johan
Nic van Duffelen
2017-10-06 16:23:05
I have been watching the development of the Airport and the company I work for supplied the ICOM HF and VHF radio equipment via Thales to the Airport.

Hope to work you during your stay on fone. 73 de ZR6AEZ
2017-10-11 20:29:14
Great you are going to St. Helena, I will be in the pile-ups, mainly for the Digital modes.
ZD7 is a most-wanted in the Digi Modes, not much activity so far, so please make us happy, Hi! :)
Enjoy and have fun.

73 Jose CT1EEB
Frank PA7F
2017-10-12 11:06:18
Do you have plans for 60m?
Tibor Marcello Blum
2017-10-14 12:45:15
I am following on your flight to zd7 via fr24.
I hope to catch you on the air.
Have a nice trip.
73 de IK2SAI
Andrew
2017-10-14 18:32:08
Hi Bill, glad you arrived safely, 15 Ms has been good into the UK in recent weeks, I've worked Peter a few times, ZD7FT.
I think you may be surprised what you can hear / work from there, being near the Equator.
I will be in ZD8 before the end of the year, for up to 2 years.
So I intend to be QRV, subject to every thing.
enjoy, 73
Andy
kb8qap
2017-10-15 02:36:52
Just worked Bill ZD7BR tonight on 20M SSB! Fine operator too. Be patient. He will work you. Keep eye on DX cluster for latest spots :-) Thanks for the nice QSO BIll. Best Wishes from West Mi. & Enjoy your stay on St. Helena. Cheers 73! Jeff
Brian Jones
2017-10-15 05:52:45
Hi Mario
Good work opening up digital comms from the Island that is part of my family history.
I hope to visit there someday too.
73
Brian ZS6BV
kent schuster
2017-10-15 22:01:12
glad to make contact with you Bill on 17m. Nice signal into California. St. Helena Is. hard to get. Thank you very much, enjoy the trip. Kent KK6TBN 73
Bob Hatter
2017-10-16 00:34:05
Bill: What an exciting adventure, to fly the 1st commercial flight to a just opened- new airport!!
Great to work you today 10/15 on 17M. I'm sure you will have tons of callers. The DX clusters are reporting your activity. I've always dreamed of a visit to ZD7, but truly not keen on ship travel. Best wishes for a lovely stay. Hope you have some time for
sightseeing and visits, and, some pints with the "locals" Cheers from sunny South Florida!
73 Bob W7MAE (ex G5APS, G5DFT, and GU/W7MAE )
DEAN S ADLER
2017-10-16 08:37:51
I am looking forward to working you on both 30 and 80 m CW. Do have a memorable experience, and 73! Dean, K1JIU
Bill - ZD7BR
2017-10-16 11:43:05
Bill - ZD7BR - replying to guestbook comments... (in reverse order...)

I'm unlikely to do much if any CW - sorry!
I'll look out for UK/Eu on 15 m
I have put up a vertical on a spiderpole for 60m but it's blown down overnight - I will attach the pole to a handy tree later ...
I'm considering putting up an inverted L for top band ...
Re the comment 'could I get some sand (!!)' - yes, I will try to visit 'Sandy Bay' later ...

Finally, thanks to everyone for the nice comments and I hope to hear you in the pileups later!
73, Bill ZD7BR
Dan (N3EEI)
2017-10-16 21:09:32
Nice signal in Pennsylvania in York County today Bill!! A true S9+!! 73, enjoy your time there!!
Rich W3ACO
2017-10-17 00:10:15
GE Bill, Nice signals from St. Helena. You must have a great location as you are louder than some of the locals Hopefully more hams will visit .

73 Rich
2017-10-18 09:44:38
Thank you for the FT8 QSO on 20m Bill. I hope you make many contacts and enjoy your stay! Nice website by the way!
73 de ZS6ZA Etienne
Ham, DB6LL
2017-10-18 10:55:20
Tnx fr ur qso in FT8 on 17m. It is not easy to get to St. Helena with low power.
Eric - ZS6ZP
2017-10-18 13:25:21
Thanks for the contact on FT8 - Maybe a CW contact? - Enjoy your stay.
Terry
2017-10-18 16:43:33
Many thanks for the FT8 'new one' and hope to catch you on CW. Safe flight home and enjoy being the DX! Look forward to the QSL and LoTW confirmation. 73 de Terry, M0CLH
Dee
2017-10-18 20:18:36
Great signal into NC. Wish I could figure out your FT8 sequencing. You seem to be
selecting stations at random. (Maybe I need to look more random :-)

73, Dee, KU4GC
wa2ndv
2017-10-18 20:45:46
WOW. I have been following the airport issues. Very windy I understand ! Also seen a video of a plane landing...maybe it was yours!
Great to work you on FT8 and maybe Ill get there some day myself. Looks fascinating.
73 and safe travels.

Frank
WA2NDV
Joe Weir
2017-10-18 23:48:08
Thanks for RTTY QSO, Bill. 599 in Jacksonville, Fl.
Running 25 watts and G5RV up 25 feet.
ICOM 7600 with built-in decoder for RTTY.
Good DX and 73
KB4FOS
Robert Gulley
2017-10-19 00:33:12
Great work, and congrats! We have worked on 17 and 15 FT8, and you are my first ever St. Helena contact! Keep up the good work and continued safe travels!
Cheers, Robert Ak3Q
Bill - ZD7BR
2017-10-19 13:49:57
Hello again from ZD7 ... thanks for all the nice comments!
The band condx seem to be slow in the mornings, but get quite good from later in the afternoon until it's almost like a switch is thrown and everything fades at around 22.30 or so.
I've been using FT8 in the morning as people don't hear any other mode, but I'll try to do a decent run of RTTY later today (Thursday).
All the best and hear you later.
73, Bill ZD7BR.
Wendell Abernathy
2017-10-19 15:24:21
Thanks Bill for making the trip! I very much appreciate the QSO. Enjoy "playing radio" but do get in some sightseeing. As much as we sometimes would like for it to be, life isn't radio only :).
73
Wendell - N4VLK
Mario Di Biase
2017-10-19 16:22:08
TNX for new one on digital mode (301 RTTY)
Dan
2017-10-19 17:14:52
Bill, thanks for RTTY QSO on 15 meters - you're doing a solid job working through the pileup. Have fun!

Dan - KB0EO
Minnesota
USA
robert beaudoin
2017-10-19 17:42:22
Nice surprise to find ZD7BG was St. Helena Is! GL and have fun ... ..- BoB
F6CSR
2017-10-19 21:12:37
Thanks Bill, very happy to contact for the first time the famous Napoléon Bonaparte Island......!!!!! ;-))
Never easy for me (25w & ant LW) ..... Great pleasure..... FT8 is a splendid mode.... many stations calling you every morning from Europe....
Many thanks for this expedition. ..my best 73 from North Brittany in France, good luck, take care....
Alain --F6CSR--
John Staats
2017-10-19 23:03:12
I hope you arte having a wonderful time on St Helena. I would love to visit for the history and geology of the island.

I have 99 confirmed contacts on 75 meters. I have 499 qsl's ready for 5BDXCC.All other bands are complete. Only need one more conformation to be complete. I hope to hear one of these nights on 75 for an ATNO.
Good dx my friend. KB8RJ
iz6gvc Camillo
2017-10-20 09:42:06
Hi, I'm glad for the QSO on 17m FT8, good operator!
I hope to make other QSO with you on other bands.

73s, Camillo iz6gvc
Pierre Smit
2017-10-20 12:35:25
Hi, I would like to find out how it went, far away involved there (airport) but not me directly, however I will be leaving for SANAE IV in less than a month. Will try from there with my ICOM 7100. Pierre ZS6PS / ZS7P
Gert - PA2LO
2017-10-22 16:47:57
Have a save trip home Bill. Thanks for the QSO's in phone and RTTY and also for the quick upload of them in LoTW.
73, PA2LO
Mats
2017-10-22 19:26:17
Thanks a lot for the FT8 contact and for LOTW confirmation! I have worked maybe 20 contacts with different hams on St Helena since 2009 when I got my Russian call, but you are the first one to confirm it on LOTW, so ATNO for me! 73
 
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