TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island DXpedition. Some fascinating facts.
First and foremost don’t try to compare TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island with K1N.
Let’s just be thankful the team was able to pull off the DXpedition.
|Dom, 3Z9DX, operating from Cocos Island.|
As was the case with Navassa, access to Cocos Island is restricted. The small Pacific Ocean island located off the coast of Costa Rica is designated as a national park and does not permit inhabitants other than Costa Rican park rangers. Due to new regulations, the DXpedition will not use the TI9A call sign but TI9/3Z9DX instead.
The Cocos Island team, which includes operators from Costa Rica, Poland and Russia, got off to a late and shaky start, but things have picked up. A storm on February 19 damaged some antennas, since repaired, and HF conditions have not been the best, but the team has uploaded an initial batch of nearly 6,000 contacts to ClubLog.
Expedition leader Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, has asked for patience on the part of DXers hoping to put TI9 into the log, given the size of their “super low-budget” operation and the fact that two members are DXpedition neophytes.
I was able to work them on 17 CW today with only 100 watts from Arizona and a G5RV Jr barely off the ground at 18 ft. I had been trying all week. Pileups have been ENORMOUS. I think the entire U.S. eastern seaboard had a snow day today.
Operation from TI9/3Z9DX will be on CW, SSB, and digital modes on all or most HF bands. The team will be on the island until February 23.
The island manager has assigned the team to a location that may work to the advantage of North American operators. The group has posted some photos on Facebook. Logs are being uploaded to ClubLog. — Thanks to The Daily DX.