|Dennis F5VHY (G3MXJ) and Nigel G3TXF made 9,500 CW QSOs operating for four days as YJ0MXJ and YJ0TXF from the Aore Island Resort off Espiritu Santo [OC-035] in Vanuatu in late March 2009.
QSLs : YJ0MXJ via F5VHY, YJ0TXF via G3TXF
A short operation took place as FK/G3MXJ and FK/G3TXF from New Caledonia (FK) on the way out to Vanuatu. An even shorter operation as VK9N/G3MXJ and VK9N/G3TXF from Norfolk Island took place on the way back. In total 15,027 CW QSOs were made.
|Dennis F5VHY (G3MXJ) and Rod YJ8RN at Port Vila airport. Rod kindly met us at the airport even though we arrived late and he brought with him our new Vanuatu licences : YJ0MXJ and YJ0TXF. Because of travel delays the overall operating time in Vanuatu was reduced to just over four days, resulting in 9,500 CW QSOs.|
|Dennis F5VHY (G3MXJ) arrives in Luganville following the short flight to Espiritu Santo island from the capital Port Villa on Efate island.||Chinese made Harbin Y12 aircraft - YJ-AV4. Several of these are used on inter-island routes by Air Vanuatu.|
|Although earthquakes and tremors are relatively common in Vanuatu there were none that we noticed during our short stay.||Waiting for the ferry boat to collect us in Luganville to take us across the 3km or so of waterway to the resort on Aore Island.|
|The resort on Aore Island has a small ferry to transport guests and staff to and from Luganville across the narrow waterway.||Dennis F5VHY (G3MXJ) operating and running pile ups as YJ0MXJ from one of the dozen or so bungalows at the Aore Island resort.|
|The 80-40-20-15-10m vertical was mounted on the verandah and the radials were run out in different directions. The sea-water was near.||The two WARC verticals were mounted on the beach. This photo shows the 30m quarterwave. A 17/12m trap vertical was also used.|
|Nigel G3TXF operating a K3 as YJ0TXF on the WARC bands from the Aore Island resort near Luganville, the second town of Vanuatu.||Baggage space is in short supply on the Harbin Y12. Our 2m ski-bag with the antennas had to be jammed in by the Emergency Exit!|
|River scene taken on the final approach into Port Vila airport following the flight back from Luganville after the YJ0 operation.||Arriving back in Port Vila after the visit to Luganville and the Aore Island resort. The next stop is Brisbane, followed by Norfolk Island.|
|The route taken by G3MXJ and G3TXF:
1. London to Sydney
2. Sydney to Nouméa (FK)
3. Nouméa to Port Vila
4. Port Vila to Luganville (Aore Island) (YJ)
5. Luganville to Port Vila
6. Port Vila to Brisbane
7. Brisbane to Norfolk Island (VK9N)
8. Norfolk Island to Sydney
9. Sydney to London.