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“Amateur Radio Roundtable” Connects Live with Heard Island DXpedition
The VK0EK DXpedition began operation on 40 meters on March 23 and was expected to soon start on 30 meters.

W5KUB’s “Amateur Radio Roundtable” webcast scored a live, audio-only interview on March 22 with the leader of the Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition, Bob Schmieder, KK6EK — marking possibly the first such event in ham radio news media history. The VK0EK DXpedition team is setting up and is expected to be on the air soon. When “Amateur Radio Roundtable” host Tim Medlin, W5KUB, spoke with Schmieder, he and the other 13 DXpedition operators had just arrived on Heard Island on the R/V Braveheart and were preparing to start moving equipment and personnel ashore. Earlier a scouting party determined where the DXpedition would set up its camp, gear, and antennas. The VK0EK team will be housed in inflatable air beam structures. Schmieder talked with Medlin for about 15 minutes over an Iridium phone, explaining that he could not do a video interview this time, because he was still onboard the Braveheart, and the necessary Inmarsat phone must be in a stable situation in order to be pointed at the satellite.


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