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John N7CQQ and Ron N6XT are on an exploratory trip to American Samoa, Western Samoa and possibly Tokelau ZK3. They depart the west coast USA on Thursday, August 30 for Pago Pago, American Samoa via Honolulu, Hawaii. John and Ron will be in American Samoa to see off the Swains expedition group from American Samoa.
During the 30 day trip to the Samoa area John and Ron hope to get permission to visit Tokelau for two weeks. Their equipment will be shipped to Samoa via US Postal Service to Pago Pago, American Samoa. They will take a flight from American Samoa to Apia, Western Samoa. They hope to find the Tokelau Visitors center open on Saturday where they hope to get permission to visit Tokelau. They will return to American Samoa to get their gear, see the Swains guys off and take a ferry either to Tokelau or back to Western Samoa.
If all else fails, they will set up shop in Western Samoa to operate and continue to try to get permission to visit Tokelau. Western Samoa has a few islands that they might visit during there stay. John hopes to get his old 5WØQQ call and Ron will get his special 5W call sign.
They also might operate from American Samoa during late September while we await our flight home.
John and Ron will both be using ICOM IC-7000 transceivers with SteppIR BIG Vertical antennas. They will construct wire antennas for 80 and possibly 160 meters. They might have access to an amplifier on Western Samoa, as John N7CQQ is taking two 3-500z tubes to Atsuo Sakuma 5W1SA the only Ham at Western Samoa.
Support for this mini-expedition was received from SteppIR Antennas, ICOM America, The DX Store, and Radio World of Boulder City, Nevada. QSL to Ron and John via their QRZ.com home call addresses.