VK9MT IS QRT - April 5th
Due to the ever worsening weather associated with an impending tropical storm (Cyclone Ita - Category 5), the team decided in the interest of safety to end the operation early. The last night on the island was extremely difficult. With continued heavy rain and wind, radio operations were nearly impossible. We have set sail for the Australian coast and seek a course to keep ahead of the storm that caused us to leave the reef.
While the team is disappointed, we realize that you are even more disappointed.
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the clubs, foundations, individual donors and our corporate sponsors. And a special thanks to Steve Kafka and the Evohe crew for their endless runs to the island, help with every logistical task during the trip, and the strong backs of his young crew doing the heavy lifting.
April 8th UPDATE from Gene, K5GS, team member of VK9MT:
The VK9MT team arrived back at Mackay at about 03:00 (local).. April 8th. We are now at the Mackay Marina and will begin the unloading process…
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