February 23rd - March 8th
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After my DXpedition in Tonga (A35FN) and in Western Samoa (5W0FN) in february 1998 where I had a lot of fun, I'm already preparing the next trip. It'll be Wallis and Futuna (FW) next february 1999. Again I'll be QRV especially for Europe, mostly in CW. This time I want also give a try to RTTY and be QRV on 160 m.
A very nice home page in french and english about Wallis and Futuna can be found at http://wallis-islands.com
I've prepared the flight plan using http://www.thetrip.com.
Wallis and Futuna are a group of islands in the south Pacific. The location
of the main island (Uvea) is about:
|Location||Wallis and Futuna, Wallis Islands, Uvea Island, IOTA: OC-054|
|Date||February 23rd - March 8th 1999|
|Modes||Mostly CW. Some SSB and RTTY|
|Bands||1.8 - 28 MHz|
Transceiver: Icom IC-706 with Astron switching power supply SS-25.
Amplifier: FinnFet FF-1001 (broken after 300 QSOs!).
Antennas: GP Cushcraft AP8A for 80-10m, dipoles, wire.
1 Laptop Pentium 233/MMX with logging program TR-Log.
Searching the logs is available (final logs). A very interesting feature is that you can check the status of your QSL. Every outgoing QSL will be marked in the log!
During the DXpedition I'll try to update the logs every 3-4 days. The RTTY logs won't be available because the qso's will be written on paper. I cannot use my log program and the RTTY program together under DOS!
The complete logs (CW, SSB and RTTY) will be available here after my return.
You can request a bureau QSL via E-mail.
QSL cards are available via the bureau or direct with a SAE (Self addressed envelopes) and the necessary return postage. I will print a beautiful color QSL. I would be very thankful to receive a small donation with your card to help me with the DXpedition costs.
SAE with insufficient return postage will be answered via the bureau.
What I need for a letter up to 20 gramms from Switzerland is:
2 US$ or 2 IRC for any envelopes.
1 US$ or 1 IRC for any envelopes.
Note that I prefer to receive US$ instead of IRCs!
My address (new since Oct. 1st 2003):
Imp. des Préalpes 15
E-mail: hb9hfn (@) baechler.cx
Don't be shocked if the departure date is after the arrival date. The dateline
crossing the middle of the Pacific is the reason!
|Flight Number||Flight Segment||Departure Date (local time)||Arrival Date (local time)||Stops|
|Air France AF 2143||Geneva (GVA) - Paris (CDG)||Sunday 21 Feb 1999, 1630||21 Feb, 1735|
|Air France AF 70||Paris (CDG) - Papeete (PPT)||21 Feb, 1940||22 Feb, 0600||Stop in Los Angeles|
|Air CalÚdonie Int. SB 511||Papeete (PPT) - Wallis (WLS)||22 Feb, 0720||Tuesday 23 Feb, 0925|
|Air CalÚdonie Int. SB 510||Wallis (WLS) - Papeete (PPT)||Tuesday 9 Mar, 0010||8 Mar, 0605|
|Air France AF 71||Papeete (PPT) - Paris (CDG)||8 Mar, 0950||9 Mar, 1710||Stop in Los Angeles|
|Air France AF 2542||Paris (CDG) - Geneva (GVA)||9 Mar, 1805||Tuesday 9 Mar, 1910|
A few approximate distances:
Geneva - Paris: 400 km
Paris - Los Angeles: 9'077 km
Los Angeles - Papeete: 6'632 km
Papeete - Wallis: 2'894 km
Total: 19'003 km (one way)