March 9, 2021

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Via the ARRL: Fall DXpedition to Willis Island Set, Outing to Mellish Reef Postponed

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The Daily DX reports that a team from the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia (HARAOA) is planning a November 3 – 13 DXpedition to Willis Island, which ranks #38 on Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted List. The group has put off plans to include a stint from Mellish Reef, last activated in 2017. “With time away from jobs a consideration for the ops, Mellish is being put off to 2022,” said team leader John Chalkiarakis, VK3YP.

The seven operators for this fall’s DXpedition will be from Australia and New Zealand. They’re in the process of obtaining a permit from Parks Australia, which is “required to ‘camp’ at these Australian Coral Sea marine parks.”

Chalkiarakis says the call sign VK9HR is expected to be renewed in August, but he’s trying to get VK9W. “VK9IR will be an additional call sign to be allocated,” he said. The most important document is the landing permit, also from Parks Australia. No permit is required to visit these coral sea islands for non-commercial purposes, but a permit application is needed to set up a campsite and to stay overnight on the island.

Read more – via American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources http://www.arrl.org/news/view/fall-dxpedition-to-willis-island-set-outing-to-mellish-reef-postponed

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