CY9C St Paul Island [October 17, 2016, Update]

17 Ocotber 2016

Randy  N0TG informs DxCoffee Readers:

“QSL cards have been sent to the printer.  We estimate to start sending cards in next 3 – 4 weeks.
LoTW has been uploaded.  Unfortunately, and mysteriously some data did not upload to LoTW.  We will investigate that and see if anything can be done after we get finished with the distribution of QSL cards direct and buro.”



15 August 2016

Randy  N0TG informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Be advised that we will operating from two sites over a mile distance from each other.   Most of the time we will have two stations operating on the same band (one from each site).   Usually this will be different modes;  however, there are times when possibly we will have two stations on the same band AND same mode with appropriate frequency separation.   Thus, not a “pirate”…it is really CY9C.
The team arrives on Tuesday/Wednesday in Dingwall, NS – the take-off location.”



14 August 2016

Randy  N0TG informs DxCoffee Readers:

“All three U.S. vehicles will be on the road Sunday morning (14th) fully loaded with all the dxpedition gear on the journey to our take-off point at Dingwall, Nova Scotia.  Tuesday, Phil, VA3QR will be headed for Dingwall also with a utility trailor full.  Arrival is expected on Tuesday, 16 August for all the equipment and supplies.
Thanks to all who have expressed interest and  for the those who have donated to the dxpedition.  Dxpedition contacts Logged will be posted LIVE on the website for those who desire to check if they are in the log. Also QSL information has been posted on  the website.   

We are ON THE WAY!!”


August 4, 2016

“The CY9C dxpedition team is very busy with last minute details and packing. All equipment will begin the journey to our take off point in Nova Scotia 13/14 August.  We plan to be partially on the air on 19 August and fully operational 20 Aug.   The home page of our website has a link for those who desire to check the log.  Log data will be posted LIVE.  We will be using ClubLog and OQRS.  Direct QSL via WA4DAN.

Activating 60m for the first time from St. Paul is exciting for the team. And, while conditions will be a challenge for 160m, the team is energized to give it a serious effort.  Also, be assured we will pay attention to the long and/or difficult propagation paths on all bands when conditions are workable.  We look forward to working not only the more common bands CW/SSB/RTTY, but also 6m, 2m EME and Satellite.

We appreciate the donations and support by many.  Even now in these last days, support is most helpful and appreciated.  Our sincere thanks to all interested and following this dxpedition.  We look forward to working you.  Thank you.  WEB:


19 June 2016

Randy  N0TG informs DxCoffee Readers:

“The countdown is on;  just 60 days ‘til activation.  Procurement of final materials and supplies is in process and being shipped to team member K8LEE – Wayne.   Wayne and Jay-K4ZLE will rent a cargo van for transport of most of the gear to our staging area in Canada departing their homes  around 12 August.  Phil, VA3QR will be driving to the staging area with the generators and several other items.  And, lastly Murray, WA4DAN will also drive to Dingwall, Canada with several yagi’s.   Other team members will be flying.  The team is excited and looking forward to a very inclusive operation, i.e, satellite, 2 meter EME, RTTY, CW, SSB.  We also have plans to include working Tech and General Class.   We appreciate the visits to our website and those who have taken the “NEED SURVEY”.   We are gearing up to assure we meet the band and mode  needs expressed, as well as, concentrating on successful contacts on the long and difficult propagation paths to various locations in Oceania, Japan, India, Asiatic Russia, western USA and VE, etc.   Our thanks for the financial support;  that helps greatly on the upfront cost of the dxpedition.   Website: “



26 May 2016

Joe W8GEX informs DxCoffee Readers:

St. Paul Island DXpedition
A New Country for 60 Meters
CY9C August 19 to 29
by Joe Pater – W8GEX

This DXpedition is led by Randy N0TG and Murray WA4DAN. These fellows have led several high profile trips over the years.  The 11 man team will operate from two island locations for 10 days. The team is very skilled and experienced operators.

It is not the best time of the year for 60 meters, but that is the only time the team was granted permission to activate this NEW COUNTRY on our band.  Being in the middle of the summer and higher noise level, it may be harder for some stations to get into the log. Remember CY9C wants you in the log as bad as you do. I would expect Europe and the East coast of North America to have a greater chance to work them.

Will AA4NC, is the main 60m op and he is very proficient in CW and SSB. He is using an inverted vee that was made by the late Gary K4AVC and last used on K1N Navassa.  He will be operating from the Northeast point location (see photo on the website);  a wonderful clear view in all directions.

As with all DXpeditions, a need for up-front money is greatly needed and appreciated. Please go to their website at:

Any donation, no matter how large or small, will be very much appreciated.  Pre-Dxpedition donors who make contact will receive a QSL automatically;  no need to request a card.  They do this as a small way to express their appreciation for your support.  Also  your callsign will be listed on the Sponsor’s list on the web.

With regard to the 60m operation, I will be in constant communication with the team and AA4NC  prior and during the operation to assist in coordination and support for activating this new 60m country. We thank the team for including 60m in this Dxpedition.  Let’s encourage and support this operation the best we can.

Regards, Joe – W8GEX


23 May 2016

Randy  N0TG informs DxCoffee Readers:

Lee, WW2DX, who recently joined the DXpedition team will be responsible for setting up the equipment, as well as, the primary operator for Satellite operations.

St. Paul Island is located in grid square FN97 in the Cabot Strait between Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and Cape Ray, Newfoundland.  It counts as a country for the AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award, AMSAT OSCAR Sexagesimal Award, and AMSAT OSCAR Century Award. Most of Europe and North America should be easily workable from this location. St. Paul Island has not been activated on satellite since July 1998.  Further information about the DXpedition and how individuals can assist are posted on the CY9C Dxpedition website <>


Photo by Vision Air Services, Halifax, NS


11 May 2016

Randy  N0TG informs DxCoffee Readers:

CY9C – St. Paul Island – August
Additional operators have been added to the Dxpedition team and assigned to the Northeast Point site.  This brings the total number of operators to 11.  Joining the team are the following:
WW2DX, Lee who will include 2 Meter EME, Satellite, and 6 meters to the dxpedition operation.    RTTY from this site will be provided by N2IEN, Pat and W2RE, Ray will be adding to the SSB operation   This completes the staffing for 11 operators total.  Northeast Site with 5 operators assigned and Atlantic Cove 6 operators.  
All pre-dxpedition donors that work us will receive a QSL automatically without any request required.   Just a small way for us to say “thank you”.    PayPal or Credit Card process is available via   We will be using ClubLog and logs   will be uploaded in real time  and available for viewing.


17 April 2016

Randy  N0TG informs DxCoffee Readers:

CY9C – St. Paul Island – 19 – 29 August

As was reported previously, we will have two separate sites…separated approximately 1.5 miles. 

Site 1 will be the Atlantic Cove site with 6 operators.  We will try to keep 4 – 5 radios running and more if 12/10m opens. Our plan is to have a RTTY station active at all times.  From this site 160 will be given lots of attention with the Battle Creek Special antenna.

Site 2 – the Northeast Point separate island will be enhanced to include 4 -5 operators active at all times, thus the dxpedition in total can potentially have  8 -10 radios working most of the time.  We are seriously considering 6m EME and Satellite, however, we need to work out the planning details.  And, as always, budget matters are a significant consideration as we expand operations.  We appreciate the support by many to date.   The desire is to make this a very complete operation that will offer fun and meeting needs for all interests.



10 February 2016

Randy  N0TG informs DxCoffee Readers:

CY9C – St. Paul Island Dxpedition – 19-29 August
“Now that the permit and required insurance has been received, one of our team members will be traveling to Halifax to meet with the helicopter provider.  That meeting will occur  sometime in the next couple months to coordinate the preparation requirements and planning for transport of personnel and equipment.  Have you viewed the AERIAL Fly-over of St. Paul?   At the very beginning of the video is where we plan to setup operations–the Northeast point of St.Paul. View it here- “

Randy N0TG


15 Janaury 2016

Randy  N0TG informs DxCoffee Readers:

“The official documentation granting permission for St. Paul operations has been issued. As always for dxpeditions, many details and documentation involved;  the Canadian officials were kindly, professional and a pleasure to work with.  We have begun gathering the many items required for the dxpedition operation. Firm arrangements for transport have been secured.  Website: “




10 november 2015

Randy  N0TG informs DxCoffee Readers:

“As 2016 quickly approaches, focus on dxpedition planning details intensifies.  All is going very well as we continue to develop the operating plan, site plan, and plans for getting equipment and personnel onto the island.   We thank the many that have responded to the “NEED” SURVEY on the website.   A serious effort is being planned to address those specific needs

The other matter is financial planning. In the relatively near future we’ll need to secure the transportation to the island. Those that have donated are listed on the Sponsor’s list on the website .  The team is fully committed and investing significantly; your financial support will help and be appreciated more than words can express.  No amount is too small;   All persons who donate will receive a QSL automatically without having to request one.
The single most expensive item is the cost for the transportation to access the island. Donations can be made at:   If desired, more details / info on this matter, contact: N0TG – email address per





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