Thanks very much for the replies. I have been donating up front to all ATNO's since I hit 325 (when I finally learned how expensive the DX-peditions were, and especially after seeing Don, N1DG's FB presentation on cost and budget). Many at the $100 level, some $50.
On top of a donation up front and donating my time as a pilot (4 pilot "stints" in 2013), I have been adding $20, $10, $5 or have just taken LOTW credit. The gauge is set by what I need the most - and ATNO's are highest on my list, 160M next on my list (for 9BDXCC), and DXCC Challenge slots are lowest on my list. I don't chase any other awards.
I started thinking that some of these "South Ocean" entities will become so expensive that they would be near impossible to do - but in doing some research, I'm seeing that the word "impossible" is replaced by "difficult".
Again - thanks very much for your input - (you might know that I am working on the Heard Island DX-pedition as a planner).
With the bottom info you can get a pretty good idea what will be needed if you get a current expense list. Their budget in 1997 was $320k and oil was $20 a barrel.
Current Expenses - group/private donations ($100K?) - individual donations $60K (FT5ZM is at approx. $60k) - paid QSL = Houston we have a problem...
- 100K - 60K = $300k / 40,000 paid QSLs (get 85,000 total QSOs?) = $7.50 per QSO. 30,000 paid = $10 per. $5 for 1 $10 for 2+.... average = $6.50?
$6.50 x 30,000 QSLs = $195,000 (minus card and postage) = $150,000 $300k - $150k = $150k / 10 members = $15K per. $10 average per QSO (net $8.50) = $4500 per dx member (but that 30,000 might drop to 22,000..
VK0IR - 14 days. Jan 1997
80,673 with dupes - 27,502 uniques - 6 Stations
Their budget.. look at how much was vessel and how much came from members.. (that's nice and I don't want to see Ham get all commercial but people can pay $5 for a QSL card delivered or work on other DX)http://www.cordell.org/HI/scoping/HI97_Finances.html
The rest of the stuff like team etc.http://www.cordell.org/HI/