CEØA – La Perouse Bay, Easter Island

Dates: 3 to 10 September 1995

Callsign: XRØY

/CEØA – La Perouse Bay, Easter Island
CEØA – La Perouse Bay, Easter Island 2018-10-22T07:39:55+00:00

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.

XRØY, CEØA, La Perouse Bay, XRØZ, Easter Island, KK6EK, SA-001, NP4IW Salas y Gomez, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, qsl card, 160 dipole, all-band vertical, Ham shack, radio dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, low bands, WARC, power supply, screw driver antenna, R5 Cushcraft vertical
The front of the airport on Easter Island.

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.
Hanga Roa, O'Tai Hotel, XRØY, CEØA, La Perouse Bay, XRØZ, Easter Island, KK6EK, SA-001, NP4IW Salas y Gomez, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, qsl card, 160 dipole, all-band vertical, Ham shack, radio dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, low bands, WARC, power supply, screw driver antenna, R5 Cushcraft vertical


Getting There


 XRØY - Easter Island DXp with KK6EK, SA-001, NP4IW

Our plane. The adventure started here at Santiago Airport in Chile.

 XRØY - Easter Island DXp with KK6EK, SA-001, NP4IW
 XRØY - Easter Island DXp with KK6EK, AA6TT, at SA-001, NP4IW

Boarding. Bill, AA6TT

Ok, we’re here. Now what?

 XRØY - Easter Island DXp with KK6EK, AA6TT, at SA-001, NP4IW
 XRØY - Easter Island DXp with KK6EK, AA6TT, at SA-001, NP4IW

Dave, Wj2O


The O’Tai Hotel


O Tai Hotel Entrance

O Tai Hotel Entrance at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, AA6TT, at SA-001, NP4IW
 XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, AA6TT, at SA-001, NP4IW

♫ Morning has broken … ♫

Breakfast. John, WØUN, conversing with Enno, PAØERA.

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA at SA-001,

Setting up Camp


XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA at SA-001,

The first morning. Loading up the van getting ready to head out to the other corner of the island

Instructions: “Ok crew. unpack these crates and spread out.”

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA at SA-001,
 XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, and AH9B at SA-001,

Scoping out the area . “I think the 40 meter beam will go well over there.” Joe, N1OCS, and Craig, AH9B.

Vincent, GØLMX. The beam is almost together. Time to read the manual.

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, GØLMX and AH9B at SA-001,
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, GØLMX , AA6TTand AH9B at SA-001,

Plenty of work to do. “Yes, that’s right Bill. antennas work better when they’re in the air.” Expedition leader Bob, KK6EK, on the right giving instructions to Bill, AA6TT, while John, WØUN, looks on the the background.

Antennas up. After 3 days of assembly all the aluminum is in the air.

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, GØLMX , AA6TTand AH9B at SA-001,

Operating


XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, XE1CI and AH9B at SA-001,

SSB Tent. Albert, HB9BCK, and Nellie, XE1CI, inside the SSB tent. RTTY and SSTV was also transmitted from this location. You can see Luis’, XE1L, digital camera in the foreground.

Nellie, XE1CI
Our only YL ham operator

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, XE1CI and AH9B at SA-001,
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, XE1CI and AH9B at SA-001,

Albert, HB9BCK.
Working the pile-ups.

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, XE1CI and AH9B at SA-001,
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, XE1CI and AH9B at SA-001,
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, XE1CI and AH9B at SA-001,
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, XE1XA, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001,

Max, XE1XA

Enno, PAØERA. A great CW operator and our EME specialist.

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, XE1XA, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001,
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, XE1XA, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001,

Bill, AA6TT.


The People


Al Boosman. One of the non-ham divers.

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, XE1XA, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001,
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, XE1XA, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001,

YLs brightened the camp. Gail Kruse, on the left, did a great job managing tghe dining tent. Barbara, on the right, was another member of the diving team.

John, W3UM. Who is married to Barbara

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001,
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001,

Barbara Hilbish married to John, W3UM

Nellie, XE1CI

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001,
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Bob, W4UEE. This is the typical reaction to hams reading my book.

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

WØUN, W4UEE, & AA6TT

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Vincent, GØLMX

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

The Camp


XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Fill `er up please!

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Ham Water Closet

The “Living”

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

“Le Cuisine”

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
Cw and SSb tent at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

CW and SSB tents

Satellite antenna set-up

Satellite antennas at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Satellite where are you?

Satellite antena set-up at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
Portable power generator at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Why always me!

Gas generator refuling at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
Tent at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Easter igloo

Computer setup

computer setup atXRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Moai Tour


Moai with Dave at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

If hadn´t held that Moai, it would have crushed us all! …You´re welcome!

XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
CE0A_Moai
Moai at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Some Moai still preserve they eye colors

Moai eye at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
Moai rwo at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Don´t mind the focus, its my artistic taste…

Nobody noticed the difference!

Moai row at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
Moai line at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

This one´s in focus but its really not that artistic!

Excuse me sir, you are breathing on my head!

Moai profile at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
3 moai at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

I´ll carry my camera and pretend I´m taking photos and see if they don´t tell me to refuel the generators again!

Fotograpger at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
Sea front at the back at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Most Moai material is thought of coming from this quarry.

Quarry at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
Photo shoots at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

4 guys interested and this one guy thinking on his pet cat!

Seen one seen them all!

moai at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
lae at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Easter lake

Wild brown geese with long feet

horses at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Back in Town


Church at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

This church is back in the main town of Hanga Roa.

Easter shopping mall

Shopping mall at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
buying trinkets at What to buy? Inside there is quite an assortment to choose from.

What to buy?
Inside there is quite an assortment to choose from.


QSLing Chores


Piles of qsls

Qsls for XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
qsl for XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.

Qsl printing for the deserving…

XRØY QSL Card Front

XRØY QSL card front

XRØY QSL Card Back

XRØY QSL card back.

Licensing: 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.

Republica de Chile, Subsecretaria de telecomunicaciones, minieteriode telecomunicaciones, Chile, Hanga Roa, O'Tai Hotel, XRØY, CEØA, Santiago La Perouse Bay, XRØZ, Easter Island, KK6EK, SA-001, NP4IW, moai, Salas y Gomez, CQ World-Wide Phone Contest, qsl card, 160 dipole, all-band vertical, Ham shack, radio, DX, VHF, dxpedition, qsl card, antenna tower, CW, SSB, Ham radio, dxp, JT65, FT8, RTTY, 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters, tri-bander, yagi, low bands, WARC, power supply, screw driver antenna, R5 Cushcraft vertical, EME, satellite

Trip Statistics Report

Equipment:Radio equipment at XRØY - Easter Island a WJ2O participant DXp with KK6EK, NP4IW, AA6TT, WØUN, PAØERA, N1OCS, W4UEE, XE1XA, W3UHM, GØLMX , AA6TT, XE1CI, HB9BCK, and AH9B at SA-001.
We had an extensive list of equipment. Here are some of the main pieces.
Kenwood Transceivers TS-950, TS-940, TS-850, TS-690
Yaesu FT-890
ETO Alpha 91B amplifiers
Force-12 beams for most every band
Cushcraft beams for most every band
Battle Creek Special (160/80/40 m vertical)
Various laptop computers

Customs: 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.

Lan Chile took uto to easter is. We visited Rano Raraku, Ranu Kao, and Hanga Roa.