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Europa 2003
AF-009
November 25 to December 21, 2003

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Latest News from Europa Island : 08-oct-2006

EUROPA 2003 : WHY and HOW ?

A number of very rare DXCC entities owned by France exist across the world. Most of them are uninhabited. Among them are the Scattered French Islands in the Indian ocean. They include Tromelin, the Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova and - in particular - Europa Island (AF-009).
Administratively, the Scattered French Islands are neither a DOM-TOM or a Collectivit territoriale. They have been under the authority of the Minister for the DOM-TOM since the 1st April 1960, and are governed by the Prefect of La Reunion. The islands are not part of the European Union territory. A permanent French military presence from the armed forces in the Southern Indian Ocean is there to preserve the sovereignty of France. The isolation of Europa is such that planning such an amateur radio operation without the support of the army is virtually impossible, and its strategic location plus its status of natural reserve make it a nearly impossible DXCC entity to activate.

In 2000, I started working on the project with Rafik F5CQ, Gerard F2VX and the support of Clipperton DX club. Convincing the military authorities of the interest of an amateur radio operation was a hard task. Fortunately, we obtained the support of General Daniel Brule who was at the time Chief of France's Northwest region. Convinced of the impact of this operation in the media, he put his weight behind the project in spite of a heavy workload. Assigned to Paris in 2002, he has continued to help us and to invest time and effort in the EUROPA project.

With international tension growing after September 2001, the project suddenly collapsed when we were refused the authorisation to operate from Europa. But we remembered the old saying "if you are asked to leave through the door, get back in through the window" so we changed tack and rebuilt our dossier in early 2003 to present it to the highest army authorities in August. From that moment on, things went very quickly and we obtained the authorisation so eagerly awaited. However, there was the proviso that the operation could be cancelled should the international situation change. So we all crossed fingers, and waited to set foot on Europa...

Didier F5OGL

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IOTA : AF-009

Lat : 22 20' South
Long : 040 20' East

Locator : LG7EQ

Europa Island :

Europa Island is the largest of the Scattered French Islands of the Indian Ocean, with a land area of 30 km. It is a desert island situated in the Mozambique Channel, about 250 km West by North West of Toliara (Madagascar), half way between the East Coast of Africa and the West Coast of Madagascar.

Its shape is roughly circular, 7 km in the north-south direction, 6 km in the east-west direction. A shallow lagoon covers a fifth of the island on the North West corner (around 900 ha including some 700 ha of mangroves).

Flora includes mangroves near the lagoon, euphorbia on most of the island, filaos and coconut trees that have been planted by the French Meteorological Service.

Fauna is quite varied. There is a large colony of birds (frigates, gannets, terns) and large herds of wild goats. The island is also a migration site for pink flamingos. At certain periods during the year, there is an invasion of mosquitoes that make it impossible to venture outside after sun set. At a certain time of the year, sea turtles come here to lay their eggs.
Europa Island was already known at the time of the Compagnie des Indes and of the first French settlers in Madagascar. It is said to have been a haven for pirates fleeing the French Royal Navy. Two families from La Reunion lived there between 1905 and 1910, attempting to trade sisal and turtle scales. The main resource is sea products. Farming is very difficult because of the large number of rodents on the island.

Since 1949, a weather station is in operation. It is of high importance as it allows predicting cyclones in the Mozambique Channel, and to make sea and air navigation safer between South Africa and Madagascar.
Europa island has been established as a natural reserve (EEZ: 127 300 km).

(minister for the french overseas Website)

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 The team :

F5CW Dany - other call signs : TK6CZB, C31TY / C3AAK, J28EI, J2MI, J28EI/S, FT5ZB/FTZB, CN5N, FK8VHY, FK8KAB/P, TXC, TM5Y, TM2S, EY8/F5CW, TO8CW, FG/F5CW - CDXC Member N0536

F5JKK Eric - other call signs : TT8JE, J28BR, FKAQ, FOAQ, TA5ZA, XU5DX, TL8MB (2e OP 6m), 5T5JC, 5T6E, FE1JKK/FY, TL8EJ - CDXC Member N0563

F5NHJ Jean-Louis - other call sign : 6W1/F5NHJ, 6W1AE, J28NH, J28CDX, J28AG, FK/F5NHJ, 3A/F5NHJ - CDXC member N0976 F5IRO Freddy - other call signs : FR/F5IRO, TM6RT - opr F5KIN - CDXC member N1160

F5PTM Pascal - other call sign : TT8ZZ, 2nd opr TL8CK, opr J28AG, opr F6KIM, opr TMHQ - CDXC member N1161

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Stations :

station 1 :

- Yaesu FT-1000MP
- Ampl ACOM 1000
- Beam 3el 3 bandes
- V80E / V40 / dipole
- 2 Pennant
- band filters
- Laptop

station 2 :

- Yaesu FT-920
- GP3W / GP / Dipole
- band filters
- Laptop

station 3 - Digimode :

- ICOM IC-706 / Yaesu FT-847
- GP / Dipole
- band filters
- Laptop

station 6 m :

- Yaesu FT-100D
- Beam 406DXSR
- GP V50
- Laptop / Beacon

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Frequencies :

Band CW : SSB : Digimode :
160 m : JA/Asia : TX 1822,5 QSX 1812/1815
EU : TX 1826,5 QSX 1835/1840
NA/SA : TX 1826,5 QSX 1832/1835
TX 1841  QSX UP 5 -
80 m : 3503 - 3530 3795 - 3775 -
40 m : 7002 - 7022 7057 - 7047 -
30 m : 10115 - 10105 - -
20 m : 14014 - 14040 14274 - 14192 14085 - 14071
17 m : 18078 - 18073 18148 - 18138 -
15 m : 21021 - 21040 21271 - 21191 21085 - 21071
12 m : 24900 - 24894 24974 - 24954 -
10 m : 28040 - 28028 28460 - 28428 28085 - 28121
6 m :
DX
EU
50096 Beacon/RX
50101
50200
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50123
50205
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WSJT - JT6M or JT44
50245

Nota : For Six meter, to trigger propagation, when conditions sounds good, call in our direction as often as possible on a different frequency than our beacon. For instance; call for 2 minutes every 15 minutes (e.i; 10h15, 10h30, 10h45 etc...)

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Propagation predictions : FR / E

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Country area   Dir 160m 80m 40m 30m 20m 17m 15m 12m 10m 6m
F SP 145 2200-0230 1830-0130 1730-0300 1630-0300 1415-2200 0630-1730 0700-1700 0730-1600 0800-1600 Magic
FO SP 193 nothing nothing nothing nothing 1430-1700 1200-2000 1500-1900 nothing nothing Magic
FO LP 13 nothing nothing nothing 1530 0300-0400 3-5/16-17 4-6/16-18 5-8/16-18 06-09/1700 Magic
FK SP 233 1735-1800 1630 1630-1800 1430-1930 1400-2000 10-14/19-20 1030-1300 0700-1300 nothing Magic
FG carabes SP 108 0200-0225 0000-0200 2200-0200 2100-0400 2000-0400 1600-2300 1000-1700 1200-1600 1500-1600 Magic
W2 NYC SP 92 0200-0225 2230 2100-0200 2000-0000 1800-2100 1800-2000 1700-1900 1400-1600 1530 Magic
W5 Tx SP 85 0200-0225 nothing 0000-0300 2200-0000 2100-2300 1700-2100 1600-2000 1600-2000 nothing Magic
W5 Tx LP 265 0200-0225 nothing nothing nothing 1400-1400 1500-1600 1500-1700 1630-1800 nothing Magic
W6 Calif SP 54 0200-0225 nothing 0100-0230 2330-0200 2100-0000 1600-2300 1700-2000 1800-2000 1900 Magic
W6 Calif LP 234 0200-0225 nothing nothing 1430-1600 1500-1600 1600-1730 1700 1700 nothing Magic
W Neb SP 76 0200-0225 0100-0200 2300-0200 2200-0000 2000-2200 1500-2000 1500-2000 nothing nothing Magic
W Neb LP 256 0200-0225 nothing nothing 1430 1430 1500-1700 1600-1700 nothing nothing Magic
I Italy SP 152 2200-0230 1700-0230 1630-0300 1500-0130 1500-2200 0600-1700 0700-1730 0830-1530 0930-1500 Magic
GM / UK SP 139 2300-0130 SR/SS 1700-0200 1615-0230 1630-1800 0800-1600 0800-1500 0800-1300 1100-1200 Magic
DL SP 150 2200-0230 1900-0200 1700-0230 1530-0215 1600-2200 0600-1600 0700-1700 0700-1500 0800-1500 Magic
HA SP 160 2230-0100 1830-0200 1700-0230 1530-0130 1500-2200 0600-1600 0600-1600 0700-1500 0800-1500 Magic
UA2 SP 162 0200-0225 1800-0200 1630-0230 1530-0200 1530-1800 6-8/10-16 0600-1600 0900-1400 0900-1400 Magic
ZS SP 72 1600-0300 1630-0300 FULL time FULL time 0600-1700 0800-1800 nothing nothing nothing Magic
VP8 SP 110 0200-0225 0030-0200 2230-0300 2030-0400 1830-2130 1400-2000 nothing nothing nothing Magic
CX SP 112 0200-0225 2330-0200 2200-0300 2100-0300 1930-2200 7-8/13-22 1100-1600 nothing nothing Magic
OA SP 118 0200-0225 0130-0200 2330-0300 2230-0300 3-5/21-23 1900-2300 1100-1600 1600 1600 Magic
JA SP 255 1500-2200 1730-2150 1530-2200 1500-1900 1300-1600 0200-0600 0400-1100 0700-0900 0600-0900 Magic
BY SP 240 BY SR 1630-2200 1500-2300 1600-2000 1400-1830 0400-1100 0430-1200 0800-1000 0700-1000 Magic
S2 SP 230 S2 SR 1630 1500-0000 1500-2200 1300-2100 0400-2000 0400-1700 0800-1400 0700-1400 Magic
VK2 SP 240 VK2 SR 1700-1900 1600-2000 1500-2000 1200-1400 1100-1400 0500-0800 nothing nothing Magic
VK6 SP 258 VK6 SR 1615 1500-2200 1500-2200 1300-1600 1100-1600 0600-1100 nothing nothing Magic
ZL SP 223 1610-1700 1615 1530-1800 1530-1800 2000-2100 1000-1200 0400-0600 nothing nothing Magic
EY SP 209 0150-0220 1730 1515-0130 1515-2200 14-19/2-5 0330-1400 0430-1300 0730-1230 0930-1200 Magic
UA9 SP 209 0155-0225 1630-2200 1500-0100 1800-2200 4-5/13-14 0400-1100 0600-1100 0800-1000 0700-1000 Magic


Predictions centered on 30 nov 2003 - Solar index 100 / K3 for average power and medium antennes. Knowing that big-guns may try when they get significant signal from us. We will take care to "open windows" to difficult paths contries and we should appreciate that everyone follows our notification to improve everybody's chance to work us. All time GMT, mostly rounded to half hour. 160 m predictions are mostly from Grey line opportunity (Blue) for East/West skip. The grey slots give the best opportunity for North/South propagation. We ask to all stations to follow this slots to give a chance to farest countries, when open. HDG is the heading direction for beam antennas in YOUR country to reach Europa. SP is Short path and LP is long path circuit prediction. Colors are green for good probability - more than 50% with good signal. Yellow is for medium probability with low level signal and orange is difficult. Changes of solar and geomagnetic figures may modify conditions. For 6 m band, monitor the beacon while we will listen in pause slots.

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Didier Senmartin - F5OGL
PO Box 7
F-53320 LOIRON
FRANCE

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America West Coast:

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America East Coast :

Floyd N5FG

Japan - Asia : VK - ZL :

Lee ZL2AL

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Donations : Please contribute to the EUROPA-2003 project. Send your generous contribution at :

Didier Senmartin -
F5OGL
PO Box 7
F-53320 LOIRON
FRANCE
or :
Bank Name : Crdit Agricole : N IBAN :
FR76 1790 6001 1274 2030 0200 124

BIC is : AGRIFRPP879

Donateurs :

HE9DWW (SWL) - K5CWR - W7HUY - F6KOP - F5PED - DJ8NK - F1AGS - W3JJ - PA3ARM - EH7KW - GJHC - IT9EJW - F3SG - W6WI/N6ED - FR1GZ - FR5ZU - F8AQK - F8OP - F6HRP - N7MQ - K8OOK - W8WFN - F5CWU / F4EGS - F8LDX - F6IRO - F5FYO - KC9CNJ - W9RN - IJX - IWTD - W9RN - F5MSR - F5FYO - 5B4FL - F6CVR - K6HNZ - F6JOB/F8CIQ - HB9DDO - F6FFR - WHH - F3AT - W1NH

Merci pour votre soutien actif au projet.

LINKS :

Europa Island photos by FR5ZU Jacques
Eparses Island by FR5ZU Jacques
Minister for the french overseas Website
Eparses Island by Gilles Boue
Europa Island report of Philippe Mespoulh
ARRA - Reunion Island Amateur Association

 

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