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The equipment I am intending to take is:

  • FT 991 HF/VHF rig

  • IC 7300 HF/VHF rig


  • A small, lightweight linear (Juma PA1000 has arrived - only 5.5 kg)

  • Power supplies, PC for logging, data modes and email (hopefully there will be cellular and possibly wifi internet connectivity )


  • Antennas - to be decided, but probably a mixture including verticals, wire antennas and lightweight poles to get the wires into the air. I am planning to take a 40 foot Spiderpole and I may have the use of a similar 60 foot pole that has been left on ZD7 by Nigel G3TXF


Operation

This will depend on demand for ZD7 and band conditions

Bands - 10 to 80 metres (80 metres depending on conditions)
Modes - SSB, some data (RTTY and PSK31) and just maybe a little CW

I'm going to ZD7 primarily to play radio but I also intend to do some sightseeing so it won't be a 24/7 operation ...
Keep an eye on this website and the cluster for day-to-day information

There should be an on-line log and I will aim to upload data to it daily
If I am very lucky I may be able to get internet over a cellular connection, which will make life easier - otherwise I will have to go to Jamestown daily to find a public internet connection

Location

I am planning on staying in the north of the Island, on the plateau above Jamestown
There is some self-catering accomodation in this region, which is convenient as it allows me to setup my station and antennas without causing problems to other people at a hotel, and I am not tied to fixed meal-times (the downside of this is that I will have to cook for myself!)
If you want to see the approximate location have a look at 'Periwinkle' on the location page











 
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