30 Nov - 9 Dec 2022
April 26th, 2022
We are pleased to announce that Gary, N9AOL, has joined our pilot team. Welcome Gary! Gary was a TO9W member in 2019.
April 25th, 2022 News Release
We are pleased to announce details for the next TO9W activity from the beautiful island of Saint Martin. Activity will take place November 30 to December 9th, 2022. The 2022 team will include K9NU, N9EP, FS4WBS, W9AP and K9EL. Our goal is to make as many QSOs as possible on all bands and modes, with special emphasis on CW. We normally give priority to the 160, 80, 40 bands in that order, but with the increased sunspot activity, we will establish band priorities based on conditions at that time. The first two to three days are dedicated to the installation of antennas. We will operate during breaks and in the evenings the first few days. Antenna installation has priority. We will likely do more FT8 the first few days. We plan real-time uploads using the Club Log Live Stream software for Expeditions assuming a steady Internet connection. John, W9ILY, is our QSL Manager and will upload our logs to LOTW daily. We will be well supported by the excellent pilot team of K9NB, W9MK, AA9A and W9ILY. All requests for information, schedules, QSO verification and general comments should be addressed to TO9W2022@gmail.com. We will once again offer certificates for the most band-modes worked in various categories. Updates and photos will be published on our TO9W Facebook page. For more details about TO9W, please go to our website: http://www.k9el.com/TO9W/TO9W.htm.
TO9W 2022 operators include:
TO9W 2022 pilots:
All pilots have previously operated from Saint Martin, so they know the operating conditions. We also want to acknowledge the wonderful support for TO9W from our friend Guy, VE2BWL.
Equipment will consist of three Elecraft K3 transceivers, two Elecraft KPA500 amplifiers and one Expert 1.3K amplifier. Accessory gear includes MicroHam interfaces plus laptop computers.
160: 60 foot top loaded Vertical
80: Full Size Dipole
40: Quarter wave vertical
30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10: Dipoles
6: 3 element Yagi
Low Band Receive: BOG
The team's primary focus will be on 160, 80 and 40 meters during hours of darkness and CW on all bands. We will also operate 30 through 6 depending on openings. We will operate CW, SSB, FT8, FT4 with limited RTTY. FT8 operation will be Fox/Hound mode on DXpedition frequencies if there are many callers. We will also do some activity on 60 meters as time permits. When the normal FT8 frequencies are busy, we will operate Fox/Hound mode on: 1836, 3567, 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 KHz. If those frequencies are busy, we will announce our operating frequency.
The TO9W team is pleased to announce that certificates will be awarded for several categories of the most band-modes worked during the 2022 operation according to the Leaderboard Club Log expedition chart for TO9W. All prior TO9W QSOs will be removed from Club Log during the operation and then merged back with the 2022 QSOs at the end of the operation. The number of band-mode QSOs will be taken directly from the Leaderboard Club Log expedition chart for TO9W. QSL cards are not required. In the case of ties, the station with the earliest date of the last QSO will be the winner. Certificates will be in PDF format and will be emailed to the winners within 3 months after the operation if an email address is available on QRZ.COM. If an email address is not available, the certificates will be available for download on the TO9W website. All certificate winners will be posted on the TO9W website.
Certificates will be awarded for the most band-mode QSOs as follows:
Top five Worldwide
Top three Asia
Top three Africa
Top three Europe
Top three North America
Top three Oceania
Top three South America
Top three Northern Illinois DX Association (TO9W sponsor)
Top three Metro DX Club (TO9W sponsor)
If you do not find your call in the log, please email TO9W2022@gmail.com
W9ILY will handle all QSL requests. All QSOs will be posted on LOTW. QSL cards will be available. We prefer the use of Club Log OQRS for both direct and bureau cards. Cards may also be requested direct to W9ILY - Unfortunately IRCs cannot be accepted. Requests via the bureau are OK.
Financial donations are not required nor solicited. However, we will gladly accept any voluntary donations.
During the operation please send all reports, schedule requests, log checks and comments to TO9W2022@gmail.com. You may contact our pilot stations directly: Nick, K9NB - email@example.com; John, W9ILY - firstname.lastname@example.org; Mike, W9MK - email@example.com.