The Plan

From September 23 until October 6, 2020 an international team of 10 operators will be active from Swains Island as W8S.
QRV on all HF bands in CW, SSB, FT8 and RTTY with 4 stations from 2 separated camps.


We will run 4 stations simultaneously, 24 hours a day.

The main modes will be CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. On some bands we will be active in 2 modes at the same time.


Radio Amplifier
Elecraft K3 Expert 1.3K-FA
Elecraft K3 Expert 1.3K-FA
Elecraft K3S Expert 1.5K-FA
Elecraft K3 Expert 1.3K-FA

All stations running approx. 1 KWatt.


Band Antenna camp 1 Antenna camp 2
160 meter Top Loaded Vertical  
80 meter   vertical
40 meter Phased verticals Phased verticals
30 meter Phased verticals VDA
20 meter VDA Hex-beam
17 meter VDA VDA
10, 12 and 15 meter Combined vertical Hex-beam
RX K9AY or Beverages K9AY or Beverages

The design for the two camps (Red Camp and Blue Camp) with each 2 radio stations is ready. The 4 stations are identical (K3 and Expert) but we will make two stations dedicated for 160 and 80 meters where we can use diversity reception. We have next to the regular BPF’s also a complete set of 4O3A XL high power BPF for 160, 80, 40,20,15 and 10m. Each camp has a coax patch panel to switch antennas.

The two camps will be linked via a WiFi network in order to have all logging laptops connected.

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