News from the VK9MT team
Mellish Reef Location
Mellish Reef is an uninhabited coral atoll in the Coral Sea located approximately 1,150 kilometers north-northeast of Brisbane, Australia. The above-water area of the reef is called “Herald’s Beacon” which is about 1.5 meters above sea level at high tide. Herald’s Beacon is a small cay measuring 600 meters by 120 meters.
Our QSL manager Tim Beaumont M0URX and his team have completed the design of the VK9MT Mellish Reef QSL card. The card goes to the printer the week of May 11, 2014. We expect to have all the cards in the mail during June.
There will be 2 styles of cards:
VK9MT Mellish Reef was activated on 30 March at 04:34z with ZL4PW first in the log and went QRT on 4 April at 1353z with JL1MTY closing the log. Our decision to leave the island didn’t come easily; safety was always the first priority. Just as the last QSO was made it became clear we could not remain on the island another day. It was 01:00 (local) when the rain began. The wind was blowing at about 35 - 40 knots; we had water infiltrating the operating tents and the antennas were taking a severe beating. Over the 6 days we were on the island the weather grew progressively worse each day.