Monday, July 24, 2006
Twelve members of the Borneo Amateur Radio Club travelled to Pulau Sebatik (Sebatik Island) on Friday (14th July 2006) for a four day Amateur Radio DXpedition (from the 14th to 17th July 2006). The DXpedition was mounted following The Radio Society of Great Britain's (RSGB) – Island on the Air (RGSB -IOTA) Committee’s recent announcement that Sebatik Island, which has a split Sovereignty (9M6 Malaysia, YB7 Indonesia) would count as a new IOTA group (OC-295). By this addition, Sebatik has been classed separately from Sabah’s other offshore islands, and uniquely , it now shares sovereignty with Indonesia.
Amateur Radio Stations are licensed to use short-wave frequencies that can travel all around the world, as well as VHF band, which allows Sabah’s radio enthusiasts to talk to each other via the club’s repeater station atop Mount Kinabalu. Amateur Radio is a technical hobby governed by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) , an agency of the United Nations which function as an intergovernmental organization established to standardize and regulate international radio and telecommunications through which public and private organizations develop telecommunications.
The Sebatik Island DXpedition used the call sign 9M4SEB, a special call sign which was issued by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission especially for the DXpedition. “We certainly hope to make several thousand contacts with amateur Radio Stations in Asia, Europe and America, and really put Sebatik and Sabah on the Map” said 9M6DXX (ex G4JVG) Steve Telenius Lowe, 51 who until August 2005, was the Editor for the RGSB Magazine in UK . The other Briton in the group is 9M6XRO (ex G3OOK) John Plenderleith, 62 while the rest were from Kota Kinabalu and Tawau.
BARC President and expedition leader 9M6TW James Gaditis thanked the Sabah Tourism Board, The Radio Expedition Foundation, ( IREF Inc. -USA) and other contributors and club members for the financial support given for the DXpedition. He said that the DXpedition members would also be conducting community projects, and radio workshop for the Sebatik Islanders.
9M4SEB was active from approximately 1100 UTC on the 14th July until 0300UTC on 17 July 2006. Activities recorded were on thr 10 – 80 meters Band, CW and
SSB using up to three stations simultaneously. IOTA and DXCC hunters from all over the globe were pointing their beam antennas towards Sebatik!
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