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VP8/SG & VP8/SS Press Release

Nigel Peacock (G4KIU) on December 21, 2001
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VP8/SG and VP8/SS Press Release by James Brooks, 9V1YC -----------------------------------------------------

December 3, 2001

VP8/sg South Georgia and VP8/ss South Sandwich will be activated on the HF bands in January and February of 2002. Operators are EI6FR, EI5IQ, HB9ASZ, PA3FQA, K0IR, W3WL, K4UEE, VE3EJ, N5KO, K5TR, W7EW and 9V1YC.

Exact dates, callsigns and QSL managers are not being made public until we are on the air. (Please note that the dates in an unofficial press release from 425 DX News were NOT correct. They are from an older plan.)

The New Zealand registered vessel "Braveheart" of ZL9CI fame will be supporting this team of 12 for the entire 30 day trip.

This DXpedition is the result of over two years of planning, coordination, and detailed permit applications by 9V1YC, EI6FR and N5KO.

A few important points:

1. This DXpedition is funded entirely by the 12 team members and a grant by the Northern California DX Foundation. There are no club, individual, equipment or QSL sponsors.

2. There will be no websites, no online-logs, no pilots, and no promises of any bands or modes. Given the dangerous nature of our destination we will simply focus on giving out a new overall DXCC entity.

3. Due to heavy environmental and safety restrictions on our permit we are taking ultra-light generators, simple antennas and low power. Despite a lengthy and difficult application process we are extremely grateful to the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands for their support and cooperation in this endeavour. Please understand that personal safety and a clean environmental approach is as important to us as it is to them.

4. Even though we are with an experienced Antarctic-rated support vessel and crew, there is always the chance we may not even make it to one of our destinations (Thule Island, South Sandwich) due to the extreme nature of Southern Ocean. We are prepared for this, and we hope the DX community will be too.

5. Contrary to the 425 press release, this DXpedition is NOT about QSO totals. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Unlike previous DXpeditions you may have worked, this time we are taking far less hardware and presenting the DX community with much more of a challenge. We feel that DXers need to get back to basics and work harder, so this time the burden of working the DXpedition is being shifted back home. (The hunt will be part of the fun, so if you need either of these two countries as an all time new one we suggest you beef up your stations and train your ears.)

6. We may be restricted to 6db less of signal, but we are taking 30db more of operator. You will probably notice many familiar callsigns on the roster.

See you on the bands.

James Brooks, 9V1YC"

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by ZL2AL on December 27, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
Point 6 says it all! Well done James and team. 6db difference won't make a lot of difference to most operators. We will all have the same ears and no one will have any advantage. It's just that we will have to listen a little harder!

Good luck


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