Staying on Easter Island
This was my second DXpedition that was with a group besides KH1. All others have been solo. There were several participants for this one.
The trip was organized by Bob, KK6EK and Carlos, NP4IW. A second team headed by Carlos operated from Salas y Gomez using the callsign XRØZ during the Easter Island operation.
Besides ham radio, our expedition also comprised of a team of divers who were not hams.
The first night on the island our flight arrived late so we stayed in Hanga Roa (the main town) at a place known as the O’Tai Hotel. The next morning we set up a rather large camp in the Northwestern section of the island. This was a coastal location known as La Perouse Bay.
The O’Tai Hotel
Setting up Camp
Back in Town
XRØY QSL Card
Easter Island is controlled by Chile. To obtain a license to operate here, you can follow the same procedures I detailed in the section on CE.
There was no problem with customs. The only airline that flies to Easter Island is Lan Chile. They are very specific about how much weight you take with you. You are allowed two bags but only about 60 pounds total. My gear was well over 150 lbs. With the help of Bill, AA6TT and John, WØUN we successfully “argued” with the attendant until they got tired of us and let my cases go for no additional charge. Returning, however, I wasn’t anywhere near as successful and was charged $57,420 Chilean Pesos which is about $150.00 USD.