OC-265 Cato Reef 23 15'S 155 32' E
Coral Sea Islands Territory South
2100 qso's 90 countries 6 continents

The VK4WWI/P operation involved a lot of planning and preparation. After working on this for about 4 months we were ready to sail from Hervey Bay ( north of Brisbane ) on the MV Odyssey.
MV Oddyssey in Hervey Bay Marina

MV Odyssey

10 days of supplies for 6 men

10 days of supplies for 6 men

approaching Cato Reef after sailing for 50 hours against the 5 knot current

approaching Cato Reef after sailing for 50 hours against the 5 knot current and being very seasick all the time

approaching Cato Reef

approaching Cato Reef

the solar powered weather station on Cato Island

the solar powered weather station on Cato Island, Cato Island is a small island in the middle of the lagoon of Cato Reef

the GPS reading on Oddyssey

the GPS reading on Odyssey anchored outside the lagoon, the safe entries into the lagoon indicated on the map did not exists and most parts were not surveyed yet so we had to enter the lagoon in a small boat

the operation site on the beach, I operated during the evening and night when propagation was good

the operation site on the beach, I operated during the evening and night when propagation was good with a Kenwood TS-50 and an Outbacker Tri-split

the Outbacker Tri-split on the beach a few meters from the sea turned out to be an excellend antenna and worked better then a dipole on 8 meter fishing rods

the Outbacker Tri-split on the beach a few meters from the sea turned out to be an excellend antenna and worked better then a dipole on 8 meter fishing rods

one of the thousands of birds living on Cato Reef

one of the thousands of birds living on Cato Reef

the only vegetation on Cato Island

the only vegetation on Cato Island

wreck of a fishing ship stranded on the reef

wreck of a fishing ship stranded on the reef


Cato Reef's lagoon

the reef inside the lagoon

the reef inside the lagoon

the reef inside the lagoon

the reef inside the lagoon

the reef inside the lagoon

the reef inside the lagoon

the reef inside the lagoon

the reef inside the lagoon

the reef inside the lagoon

the reef inside the lagoon