Amateur Radio licensing CQ zone: 29, ITU zone: 54, IOTA: OC-002, Prefix block: VK9. The Spectrum Management Agency of the Radio Communications of Australia, accepts CEPT licensing agreements as follows:

Class A is Australian unrestricted and class B is Australian restricted. Licenses can be obtained by providing the following information:

  • Photocopy of the current license
  • Photocopy (if not applying in person) of current passport authenticated by some local authority such as embassy, consulate, police, etc.
  • Completed application form ( can be faxed to you)

Amateur radio operation from Christmas Island The lodge, is located on a hill on the northern side of the island and gives a free view in northern direction. This could be a good location and accommodation is just good for this kind of activities. Unfortunately, the management of the Christmas Island Resort does not allow you to place antennas around the hotel or on top of the lodge, making amateur radio operation quite difficult from the lodge and impossible from the hotel.
VQ3: Location should be good, considering free radiation towards the north. Location has not been check for facilities and placing antennas.
If arrangements can be made with local residents it could be a good solution. Settlement has the best location at nearly sea level and with good radiation angle in all directions, except southern. If accommodation is available from The Golden Bosum Tavern (but is just a suggestion) at Settlement, you would have a good place. P.O.Box 317, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean and phone: 67-64-8290.
There are a number of construction companies around and if you can get the addresses (via CI Visitors Information Center) you could arrange to have some masts and other hardware waiting for you at arrival.

Travel and luggage

For this one-man operation I had to carry all the necessary equipment myself and therefore only a limited amount of equipment could be carried. The radio was a FT-990AT fitting in a special constructed heavy duty suitcase. Because it was unknown under what circumstances I had to put up antennas, I packed a modified Butternut vertical and a home made G5RV dipole and the radials, coax, rope and other hardware that may be necessary in case ......., in a samsonite. The Compaq 410C laptop and the photo camera's were hand carried in a backpack.

Here is what I took with me. One blue samsonite with coax, wire antenna, coils of the Butternut, tools, etc. and some cloth in the space left. In the black case I packed the FT-990 with Bencher paddle, and interface cable. The long carton box contains the tubes for the Butternut vertical. The red/grey backpack contains the laptop PC, photo camera and paperwork. Under normal circumstances, the FT-990 (over 25 KG) had to be hand carried as well, but with some discussions I managed to check it in as normal luggage on the flights to and from Christmas without paying for excess luggage.

After arrival at the lodge, I had to swap rooms in order to get one at the backyard for feeding my coax through the window. The building itself has enough facilities for antennas but the management had unexpectedly decided that antennas could not be located on the roof.
Because of this, I had to place the Butternut in the backyard between the building and some trees. This was not a favorable situation but there was no other alternative. After collecting some old 6m long water pipes, I was able to raise the G5RV as well but actually at a too low elevation.

I operated CW only and during the weekend, I participated in the CQ WPX contest. For logging the CT program was used. The total score for the contest was only 717 QSO's and 254 multipliers, resulting in a score of 590,550 points for the single operator low power section. Before and after the contest, another 411 QSO's were made.
The room was very convenient because of the presence of an air conditioner and a reasonable operating table.

Butternut HF6V antenna

The Butternut HF6V is used for this trip is a modified type as I don't like to construction of the original version. The modification is mainly in the fixation of the capacitors in the middle of the coils and the connection strips that overrun the cols. In fact, I also made the coils myself. The two pictures below show some details.

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