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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Page last updated on: Monday, August 25, 2014

Sable Island DXpedition

Here is the latest updates on the CY0C DXpedition scheduled for September 8th:
August 16th - "The CY0C DXpedition team has been informed by Parks Canada and Maritime Air Charter that flights to Sable Island have not been possible the last few weeks due to the beach conditions on the island.
The weather on Sable has been extremely dry and the sand "runway" on the island is too soft and loose to attempt landings. Even when landings were possible, the aircraft had to be lightly loaded.
Parks Canada, Maritime Air and the CY0C team will continue to assess the weather and landing conditions on the island leading up to September 8th.
Meanwhile, preparations continue on schedule. N0TG and WA4DAN have shipped gear and antennas to fellow team member VE1RGB in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The CY0C team will issue frequent updates leading up to September 8th."

August 23rd - "One-Day DXpedition to Sable Island, CY0C, scheduled for
Monday, September 8, 2014 -- A team consisting of VE1RGB, WA4DAN, and N0TG, each of whom have previously operated from Sable Island, plan to depart from Halifax, Nova Scotia, weather permitting, around 1115Z on Monday, September 8. Departure from Sable Island is planned for 2245Z, which should allow for approximately 8 hours of operating time. The special call sign, CY0C, has been issued for this operation.
At the moment, the policy of Parks Canada is that '... visits to Sable Island shall be restricted to daylight hours only...'
One of the objectives of the CY0C DXpedition is to assess the feasibility and practicality for future one-day amateur radio DXpeditions to Sable Island..
For this operation, N0TG will primarily operate CW on 17 and 30 meters
while WA4DAN will operate SSB on 20 meters. VE1RGB will take the lead
in assessing the operations and determine technical methods and opera-
tional techniques to improve efficiencies.
A detailed 'feasibility assessment' with recommendations that, hopefully, could encourage future groups to consider one-day DXpeditions, will be shared with the DX community.
Any last minute changes in schedule, due to weather conditions, beach conditions, etc. will be posted to the team website at, as well as to the various DX bulletins."

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