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Word of the Day: Tokelau Islands DXpedition

The ZK3A Tokelau Islands 2019 DXpedition’s 19-member team used a range of DX Engineering equipment while operating from this dependent territory of New Zealand in the southern Pacific Ocean in October.

Experienced DXpeditioners from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Greece, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and the United States battled extremely hot and humid conditions, gale force winds and storms to log more than 50,000 QSOs during the DXpedition, operating multiple stations and working on all HF bands, plus 6m and 6m EME, on CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8. Their time on the island was cut short due to an illness of an island resident who needed medical transport, prompting the arrival of the team’s boat a couple of days early.

The team operated from all three of Tokelau Islands’ tropical atolls— Fakaofo, Nukunonu and Atafu—which comprise four square miles of land.

As of October, Tokelau Islands was the 42nd Most Wanted DXCC Entity in North America, according to Club Log.

DX Engineering equipment making the trip to Tokelau Islands (IOTA: OC-048) included:

DXE-3Q75-80-4P—DX Engineering Four-Square Array Three-Quarter Wave Tuned Cables

DXE-FS-001—DX Engineering Foot Switches

DXE-RPA-2—DX Engineering RPA-2 Modular Receive Preamplifier

The ZK3A DXpedition also used a Hi-Z Antennas Four Element Array System and Hi-Z Antennas 75 ohm Receive Preamplifier, exclusively available through DX Engineering.

For updated information about the aftermath of the DXpedition, visit the ZK3A website.


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