[UPDATE] This is really a crazy story: Within a few hours of the first QSO with ZD9KN, some operators have been found talking about a “strange” bearing for ZD9 (some stations in northern EU had a QSO beaming to Italy and some well-equipped stations in the I0 call area told me that it was difficult to receive a strong signal from ZD9, quite uncommon for such stations). AA7BQ told us of a strange occurrence on qrz.com ( read here ).
Col, MM0NDX, who tried to get pictures and a copy of the licence, ended up with an old picture (2009).
Finally, Johan ZS1A confirmed that the ZD9KN has never been issued. So, this activity is surely that of a PIRATE.
Be advised: ZD9KN is a PIRATE STATION, save your time and your money guys!
ZD9KN is on the air again from Gough Island, IOTA AF-030 Paul, the new operator of this station, has accepted the position of radio and electronics technician at the Gough Island Research Base. He will be there until September 30, 2012. He’s using an FT-2000, multiband vertical and Inverted V (today, 19 Aug, 2012 Paul mentioned that he’s putting up antennas for the low bands). ZD9KN will be active on SSB only – 160 through 10 meters. The log will be uploaded to Clublog and HRD, but cannot be uploaded on a regular basis due to an unreliable internet connection. QSL manager is IZ0UIM. All logs will be uploaded on LoTW during the year following the end of the DXpedition.
photo credits: familyholiday.net