All contacts for FO/K3EL were uploaded to LOTW some time ago, and cards were also sent via the bureau (uploaded to Printed cards arrived a few days ago, and so responses to direct requests are now in the mail.


FO/K3EL QSL card

The picture on the card was taken at the Arahurahu Marae, a restored temple on the west coast of Tahiti. There are two replica “tiki”; the originals were once on Raivavae, but now reside at the Musee Gaugin, Papeari, Tahiti (note, at time of writing, the museum is closed for renovations – should be open again later in 2014).

There is a footpath which heads into the forest at the rear of the maintained area at  Arahurahu Marae. It roughly follows a river for a couple of km into the mountainous interior of the island. What appears to be ancient agricultural terracing is very visible at the beginning of the trail. The path is fairly clear, although it switches across the stream from time to time, and occasionally fallen trees block the route, requiring a detour. After an hour or so of walking, you come upon another marae, high in the valley.

Ancient marae, above Arahrahu

Ruins of an ancient marae above Arahrahu

The walls are overgrown by the forest and covered in moss, but you can still make out the form of the site, locations of different buildings and entrances.

TX5RV QSL preview

Here’s a preview of the TX5RV QSL card, which is currently being printed. For all QSL requests, and any queries regarding QSLs, missing QSOs, etc, please contact our QSL manager, Tim, M0URX.

QSL-TX5RV-2 compressed


After a little over six days operating and nearly 12k QSOs, TX5RV went QRT on 6th November.

TX5RV antenna

TX5RV antenna at low tide

We’ve just got back home and straight back to work. I’ll be working my way through a pile of emails including log correction requests over the next few days.


One of the operating positions at TX5RV.

Thanks to all for QSOs!


Operating from Tahiti

We arrived in Tahiti a few days ago. Met up with Michel, FO5QB, who very kindly gave us a tour of the island, including a visit to the shack of William, FO5JV. The picture below is of Don, VE7DS, Michel, FO5QB, and myself, K3EL at our Tahiti QTH.



We’ve been doing a little operating from here. All QSOs with FO/K3EL are from Tahiti (OC-046) and QSL via K3EL. For our operation from the Austral Islands, TX5RV, all QSLs are being handled by M0URX.

Below, radio al fresco in Tahiti, early-morning opening to EU.


Should be operational from Raivavae tomorrow.


TX5RV – One week to departure

The last few weeks of fall weather have been beautiful here in NJ, with many warm sunny days, but the nights are cooling down and the trees are changing color and losing their leaves. Great to be outside playing with antennas, which I’ve been doing a lot of recently, optimizing the antenna setup for TX5RV. Time for playing with antennas is over, now, though. With less than a week to departure everything is packed up and nearly ready to go to French Polynesia. The radios, amp, tuner, bandpass filters, antenna parts, etc, etc are all packed into two Pelican-style cases.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEach weighs in at just below 50 lbs. Have to do an unpack/repack later in the week, just to make sure nothing is missing.

While Don, VE7DS, and I are preparing for our visit to Raivavae, TX5D have just finished their DXpedition with over 18k QSOs in their two weeks on the island. Hopefully there are a few stations left for us who still need FO/A… judging from the emails we’ve received, it sounds like there are some. The requests have fallen into three categories:

– Work lots of EU

– Work lots of SSB

– Get on 80 and 160.

We have a pretty good idea when the bands should be open to EU (see the propagation page which is recently updated). We will work some SSB and maybe RTTY, but as previously announced, this operation will be primarily CW-focused. Originally we had not planned to operate 160 at all, but after several requests last week, I wound a base loading coil for the 80 m ant and tried it out on 160, and it seemed to work ok. So, if there’s not too much local noise, I may spend some time on 160 as well as 80 (the TX5D crew from the same location had real problems with local noise on the low bands for most of the duration of their stay, so no guarantees we’ll be on 160 or 80).

We will try to upload to ClubLog occasionally – please check there before making an “insurance” contact.

Finally, a reminder that Tim, M0URX, will be handling QSLs for TX5RV. You can request direct or bureau cards via his OQRS system. LOTW will uploaded quickly upon our return.