Keep up-to-date with our progress, including updates from the islands.
Learn a bit about the Cook Islands, the North Cooks, and Manihiki Atoll.
Description of what we’re taking with us and what we’re using on the air.
Schedule and band plan details. Where we’ll be and when.
Predicted propagation from your QTH. Figure out when you’ll hear us!
This DXPedition commemorates the launch of the Amateur Foundation, a non-profit supporting charitable works of amateurs on DXPeditions. The Amateur Foundation aims to increase the accessibility to information and funds for amateurs doing good things while travelling abroad.
This DXPedition has been made possible by generous donations and use of some amazing equipment from our sponsors.
This DXPedition to Manahiki Atoll in E5/N, North Cook Islands, will focus on Europe and those who need it for an ATNO ("All Time New One"). With the North Cooks at #65 worldwide and #25 for Europe, there's a fair amount of demand. We ask for cooperation in ensuring that we work as many EU ops and "new ones" as possible. Once QRV, the plans page will have updated information on which band-modes we're working when.
Amateur Radio DXPedition
E5/N Manihiki Atoll, North Cook Islands, IOTA OC-014
Bengt-Erik, K7ADD and a team of support staff
Jan 11-Feb 6, 2017
K7ADD – Bengt-Erik
Bengt-Erik (Ben on HF) works at Microsoft in affordable access and last mile connectivity.
N5EIL – Neil Smith
Neil works as an independent security researcher in the industrial control space.
W7ZCU – Josh Dangerfield
Josh works in the IT field and is busy improving his HF station and playing music his spare time.
With E51AMF and E51ADD QRT for a few days, a quick update on operations, QSL’ing and next step are in order. As E51AMF, I completed 7363 QSOs with 4224 unique stations over the course of approximately 25 days. Additionally, I logged just over 1000 QSOs from E51ADD on Rarotonga. I’m pleased with my effort and[…]
Yesterday marked the half-way point for E51AMF, Manihiki Atoll, E5/N. This is a solo operation and the first DXPedition by me, K7ADD, a relatively new ham. I appreciate all the attention that the trip has brought to The Amateur Foundation and we’re grateful for the donations that we’ve received. As a reminder, all donations and[…]
I’ve extended my trip to include several weeks on Rarotonga (OC-013). I will be active from Rarotonga (OC-13) in the South Cook Islands – E5/S as E51ADD. Active from Jan 5th-9th 2017 and again from Feb 8th-18th. As with the North Cooks, will also focus on EU, ATNO, and rates. — Be sure to check[…]
I’ve set up the basic Club Log page and the Club Log donation page. I’ve left the leaderboard feature enabled, please read our Plans page for our operating guidelines. I’m happy to make the QSO, but will be working off our list of priorities with Europe and ATNO coming first. I’ll leave the leaderboard enabled as[…]
N5EIL has had an employment change that will prevent his travel to Manihiki. Neil will remain instrumental in furthering the goals of the Amateur Foundation and will continue to support the DXPedition with technical expertise. Stay tuned for more operator news soon…
Thanks to the Western Washington DX Club for their generous sponsorship. Their monetary support will help to defray some of the QSL costs. If you’re in the Western Washington area, be sure to check out the club. The club meets monthly in North Seattle with several informal weekly lunches all over the area.
DX Engineering has graciously agreed to sponsor our expedition with some incredible equipment to augment our transmit antennas with world class receive capability. We’ll share more both on the equipment page and some photos and video of the gear in use, once QRV. DX Engineering is a great company, staffed with hams with a long[…]
With the help of Andy, E51AND, we’ve officially been granted a license to operate in the Cook Islands by Bluesky and the Ministry of Telecom in Rarotonga. We’re lining up travel, lodging, equipment, and logistics… now the real work starts! Thanks Andy!
We have secured sponsorship for a second SPE Expert 1.3K-FA, thanks to Expert Linears America LLC. It‘s a small and powerful (near legal limit) linears that covers all amateurs bands from 1.8 to 54 MHz including WARC bands and, where permitted, is able to work on 5 MHz (60 m.) and 70 MHz (4 m.). It’s[…]