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Trans-Pacific S2S QSO Party 18th April 2020 2100-2300Z

I will be on a summit if it is allowed.
We have been asked (but not yet ordered) not to leave our “region” which really restricts my choice of summit. But if it is possible to participate, I will.
73, Malcolm VE2DDZ

During our FD I was activating a summit on Saturday last (21 March) and at 0504 I worked KE4TWI on 20m cw, nice signal heard, 589, gave location as TN. Quite unexpected. So there may be contacts to be made, albeit chaser contacts rather than s2s, later than the 2100-2300 UTC timeframe.

I always love making those unexpected dx contacts. I just had an ordinary chat about radio, antenna, power, etc, offered the sota summit code if he wanted it, then excused myself to look for FD contacts. Got to keep the “social” in the “distancing” aka dxing. Anyway, even without sunspots to speak of, contacts like that keep happening. his power was 500w and I don’t recall the antenna details. Still he copied my 10w very well.

73 Andrew VK1DA/VK2UH

I made another trans-pacific QSO today on 20:31 UTC from W6/NS-181 with John, ZL1BYZ on 18 MHz. So, we can start party a little earlier - maybe at 20:30 UTC?

Unlike Europe, the guidance currently being issued in the US actually encourages outdoor exercise while maintaining 6ft (2m) of separation between people, even if there are shelter-in-place restrictions in effect. I don’t believe there’s any conflicting guidance in Asia and Oceania. Unless this changes, we’ll plan on going ahead with the Trans-Pacific S2S QSO Party on April 18.

You have a bigger wilderness that the UK. Here are pictures of hill walkers yesterday exercising social distancing.

(picture copyright© dailypost.co.uk)

(picture copyright© dailypost.co.uk)

You couldn’t make it up.

The US has plenty of stupid people, too, but we might have a few more summits. Activators can always turn around and go home if the place is too crowded. Especially in the western US, we have a lot of government-owned land that is not parks—US Forest Service. Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, etc. Those places are less crowded.

Marin County (California) had so many people breaking the rules on Saturday that they closed all parks to motorized vehicles on Sunday.


ZL goes into total lock down at 1100z Wednesday 25 March (16 hours from now) for four weeks. Although we are allowed out to exercise we have been advised to avoid the back country and all Dept of Conservation huts and the great walks are closed. I don’t think anyone wants to be that guy who requires rescue!

Therefore at this stage it is unlikely you’ll see anyone from ZL for the QSO party.

73 and be safe
Mark ZL3AB

I am interested and will try to participate this QSO Party.

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Date & Time in my diary. I’ll be in VK2 not far from Syndey.


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We still on for this event?

Perhaps folks should express their interest by posting an alert for their proposed activation on April 18. With two local peaks closed because of covid-19 (they are popular destinations), I am working on finding a suitable local summit. I encourage everyone to go ahead if their local situation allows.

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Under the current restrictions in VK/Australia it woud be hard to undertake an activation. I’ll happily chase though.

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Presently here in West Texas, we are under an unnecessary travel ban. In addition, the one and only local summit I feel comfortable activating is totally closed, gates locked. I could easily bypass the gates and hike it. But somehow, that is not in the spirit of SOTA. I will continue to play from home as I feel the need. Good luck to any that do participate.

Vy73 – Mike – KD5KC – El Paso, TX.

Please let us know if the newly declared state of emergency in Japan will affect SOTA activations.

Yes,it was declared state of emergency in some cities and prefectures like Tokyo, Osaka, Kanagawa, Hyogo, Saitama, Chiba and Fukuoka. But this wouldn`t affect SOTA activations because it is not a ¨Lockdown¨ We must avoid closed spaces like pubs, malls, public transportation, etc. But it is recommended to go to open spaces of course respecting social space.