General information


Callsigns: T30L (DXCC: Western Kiribati, IOTA: OC-017), 6.Sep.2019-15.Sep.2019
C21WW (DXCC: Nauru, IOTA: OC-031), 16.Sep.2019-25.Sep.2019

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News and status

September 15 - Update

T30L is over.

Guys seem to have started activity from C21WW, but no news received from them yet.


September 14 - Update

Few photos of our yesterday's visit to the local school can be found on this page.

The newest of our SPE power amplifiers failed on Friday 13th. So we are left with 2 PAs.

This morning we took down low band vertical. Spiderbeam, EFHW and 7 Mc vertical are left.
During this last day in Kiribati we will continue to be on the air and pack the bags, followed by the closing dinner with traditional local specialities prepared by chef Ataieta.


September 13 - Update

(more photos added)

Today it's Friday 13th.

Yesterday mains power was ok - generator was not needed.

The first part of our DX-pedition is approaching its end. We conclude that we are very far away from Europe and only the ones with good antennas have managed to get into our log.

Today we dismantled one of two Spiderbeams.
During lunch time we will visit local school and will hand over school goods for pupils as part of Hams with Hearts program.

Tomorrow (Saturday) before breakfast we will dismantle low band vertical. During Saturday all other antennas will be taken down, except EFHW-8010 which will be left for the last night. One station will be on the air tomorrow.
In the evening closing dinner will happen, which will mark an end of our T30L Dx-pedition.

Sunday 11:50 local time (September 14, 23:50 GMT) we are flying to Nauru.

See you from C21WW


September 12 - Hams With Hearts

Tomorrow the team will visit local school in Tarawa and like in previous DX-peditions in cooperation with INDEXA Hams with Hearts will donate first aid goods.

We invite everyone to participate in this charity. You can read how on this page


September 10 - update

More photos added.

When you call us in FT8 DXPedition mode, you must initially transmit above 1000 Hz, otherwise we can not reply. Only when we reply to you with report, you need to switch TX frequency to the frequency where we replied below 1000 Hz and transmit report back.
Please study carefully FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide. This guide is available in multiple other languages on WSJT home page https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html

Yesterday finished antenna set-up. So we have 2 spiderbeams, low-band vertical with RA6LBS matchbox, separate vertical for 40m and EFHW Z37M dipole.

Yesterday whole day mains power was missing, we were using generator power. We are using 2 stations due to lack of propagation.

During the night the water level raised up to the low band vertical matchbox and caused it to fail. Today we raised the matchbox 0.5m higher.

Each day we need to fix low band radials tangled by tide waters.

Quite a challenge during antenna building was to fix the guy-wire anchors in the beach sand. Sticks we had brought were too short, so instead we used locally found wooden sticks about 1 m long, put some rocks on them for extra stability.

Later this week we will visit local school as part of Hams With Hearts progam.

We hope that propagation will improve and allow more contacts with Europe to be made.


September 9 - morning update

Short text in email from Yuris/YL2GM along with logs (uploaded):
"We have issues with Internet and mains power. Otherwise it' s OK. 73 to all"


September 8 - update

No news received from the team since September 7, 7:00 GMT. Probably issues with Internet on the island


September 7 - update on antennas

Low band vertical (160-30m) is up


September 6 - update on antennas

During the daylight of the 1st day Spiderbeam and wire antenna EFHW-801 have been installed. So their setup for low bands is very limited at the moment. Tomorrow more antennas will be installed.
Local time zone in T30L is GMT+12.


September 6 - T30L QRV

First QSOs are in the log


Some more photos in Photo section


September 4 - The journey has started

The team left Riga according to schedule.
They should arrive to Western Kiribati around 18:30 GMT, September 5.


September 2 - Callsign change to C21WW

Unfortunately initially announced callsign C21W can not be used. C21WW callsign will be used instead.

The journey starts September 4th local morning from Riga, Latvia.


August 1st - Initial news

Yuris/YL2GM, Kaspars/YL1ZF, Kristers/YL3JA and Jack/YL2KA plan to be on the air from Western Kiribati as T30L and from Nauru as C21W C21WW in September 2019.

Activity from Western Kiribati (T30L) is planned from September 6 to September 15, followed by Nauru (C21W C21WW) activation from September 16 to September 25.

Yuris has organized four successful DX-Peditions in the past years: EP2A, S21ZEE/S21ZED, 3C0L/3C1L, 3C3W/3C0W.

This Dx-Pedition is in memory of our friend Andy (K7GEX)

Animation showing the distance to be travelled and maps (click to view enlarged):


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