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Announce Kerguelen Island FT4XU

FT4XU Kerguelen Islands News 25 September 2015
My work will bring me to south hemisphere for a scientific mission at Ratmanoff, 30km northeast of Port-aux-Français, Kerguelen archipelago .

My scientist job is to maintain measuring instruments whose electronics works in very rough conditions and to prepare equiment requirement for future missions.
In the same time, I will also studies king penguins with colleagues and help them in their work.

I will leave France at mid-November to Réunion Island, and there get on board of "Marion Dufresne", the supply ship of the french austral territories. It will take approximately 10-15 day to reach the Kerguelen archipelago with a stopover at Crozet archipelago. After few days at Port-Aux-Français station, I'll have to probably walk 30km to the shelter at Cap Ratmanoff, carrying my stuff on the back with heavy rain and strong wind. That is why I will try to travel as light as possible.

About my hamradio activities: They will be secondary to scientific work.
To give a little idea of this activity, I will be isolated for weeks with only daily local marine-VHF non-ham radio-communications with the Port-Aux-Français base.
FT4XU is primary to give somes news to hamradio friends around the world, like ham-spirit. :) It's not intended for contest-QSO style.
At the shelter, I will live with other persons in a confined space and my colleagues will have probably no knowledge about this hobby. They will maybe have to endure the traffic audio noise and this noise will be a potentially disturbance for them after a long and harsh working day.
I hope to have the opportunity to present to my colleagues the best of hamradio as a pleasant communication, with friendly but disciplined OM.
Although my English is not particularly good, but I had nice memories of some great long QSO with Australia, New Zealand and Crozet Island when I was in Antarctica as FT5YI in 2008. I want to replicate this scheme, but my working conditions will be even more difficult.

My working conditions will be : FT857, 50W and a dipole antenna which can only be installed at human height, battery powered. There will be no PC for logging, only paper log. Logs won't be sent while activity because of no internet connection.Our camp will have no electricity, so i will have to work with batteries. They will be charged with solar energy when not needed by the scientific work.

QSLing: I will give my log to Jean-Luc / F1ULQ who will handle cards AFTER I come back, don't ask for correction before. QSL card will be designed with travel photos and printed AFTER also. As I'm not member of national bureau, only direct exchange will be possible.
Sked: It will not be possible to organize skeds: My only way to contact the world is my hamradio equipment. No internet or no phone connection.
Band operations: don't ask for specific bands, there will be no low bands or magic band activity. I can not carry a lot of material. For weight and volume reasons, I have to take only the minimum and necessary equipment.

Thank you for your understanding

Activities will end, maybe, middle of january 2016.

Hope that chance will allow us to cross our antennas in good conditions.
73 F4EGX Nicolas