The TO9W Team is returning to Saint Martin and plan to be on the air December 1st thru the 10th.

During the final team meeting last minute antenna accessories were packed away in the cases. Final software testing of laptops will be done this week. The TO9W Facebook page has been created and will be used for photos and real time updates during the operation.

The team’s primary focus will be on 40, 80 and 160 meters during hours of darkness but will also operate 30 through 6 depending on openings. Planned modes include CW, SSB, FT8 and some limited RTTY. FT8 operation will be Fox/Hound mode on DXpedition frequencies if there are many callers. There may be some activity on 60 meters as time permits.

TO9W will be an entry in the ARRL 160 Meter contest, 3-5 December.

W9ILY will handle QSL requests. All QSOs will be posted on LOTW. QSL cards will be available. Club Log OQRS for both direct and bureau cards is preferred. Cards may be requested direct to W9ILY. IRCs can’t be accepted but requests via the bureau are OK.

“Saint Martin is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises two separate countries, divided between its northern French side, called Saint-Martin, and its southern Dutch side, Sint Maarten. The island is home to busy resort beaches and secluded coves. It’s also known for fusion cuisine, vibrant nightlife and duty-free shops selling jewelry and liquor” - Google