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VK9WA Willis is: The Story

ARTICLE By N7QT and N7SMI
Imagine the feeling of having worked for 10 months planning a DXpedition, with charter boat arranged, and half the expedition team formed, only to see it cancelled two weeks prior to announcing it to the world? This is the start of the VK9WA story! We were days away from announcing a DXpedition to a top 25 location, but were beaten to the press by another team. Needless to say, we were very disappointed after having worked so hard putting the plans in place.

We gave Bernie (W3UR) a call, asking for his advice on how best to proceed given what had just unfolded. Bernie’s words were, in effect, “The world is a big place, with so many other locations needing to be activated! Here are a few places that come to mind…”.

Armed with Bernie’s words of wisdom and encouragement, team leaders Rob (N7QT) and Jared (N7SMI) quickly refocused on Willis Island. It was #32 on the Club Log most wanted entities list at the time and had not had a significant activation since 2008. Once we were confident that landing rights and call sign could be obtained, we anCattura1nounced to the world that we would be activating VK9/W and formed the rest of the team – Sandro (VE7NY), Adam (K7EDX), Hawk (SM5AQD), Gus (SM3SGP), Allan (VE7SZ), and Hal (W8HC).

Expedition goals

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K5P: The photo

The flag of the Mediterraneo Dx Club waving in Palmyra Atoll.

The Mediterraneo DX Club is sponsor of K5P. Free internal QSL service available for all MDXC Members.

More information on the Official site.

 

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QSL card preview – 3W3MD

This is the beautiful QSL of 3W3MD ,DXpedition from Vietnam. The QSL is printed by our friend and member IT9EJW #018 and designed by IZ2KTF #349 . This QSL card is composed of 4 parts, and we show you hereinbelow. The official site click here , QSL card via IK2VUC. We are also pleased to see that the logo of the V84SMD has been created by our member and graphic designer of MDXC IZ8WLZ #234.

Remember that this DX-pedition was organized by Mediterraneo Dx Club.

 

 

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Juan de Nova 2016: FT4JA – UPDATE

The Mediterraneo DX Club is  sponsor of Juan de Nova 2016 dx-pedition.

Free internal QSL service available for all MDXC Members is good standing with the share in 2016.

 

Other info on official site 

 

UPDATE – We are extremely glad to receive donations for our project. Everyone is now well informed that Top 10 DXCC countries are not easy to activate, sometime because of difficult access, their political situation or extremely high budget needed to organize an expedition.

Juan de Nova has been for a long time in the list of these islands activated regularly by scientists, mostly members of the french meteorological agency and sometime by militaries. The last important activity was in 2001. Nearly 14 years of silence for an island located in the indian ocean, not very far from other very common DXCC entities. It is true, this small island is about 100km from the western coast of Madagascar ! So, why is it so complicated and expensive to go there ?

Well, first of all, it is a question of obtaining a permit. Like other island, JDN is administered by a separate administation in charge of these lands. Most of them are natural reserves to keep these places as wild as possible. These territories are often regarded as reference (level 0) in term of human impact.. Millions of birds can lay in peace, just like the turtles. It would be a nonsense to authorize expeditions each year or a regular human presence.

After our 2014 operation from Tromelin, the TAAF administration decided to accept our permit request, probably because of the mutual confidence and the very positive relationship established.

From one place to another, the constraints are differents and we had to reconsider a certain number of aspects of the operation. Air transport used in 2014 was not possible, in particular because of the volume/weight of freight to be transported. The assistance received (transport of the crates prior to the operation) for Tromelin was not possible this year. Consequently, we had to book a maritime solution by requesting a ship authorized to station in the lagoon and to transport us. It represents, with the various taxes approximately 70% of the budget. Read more »


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Palmyra 2016: K5P

The Mediterraneo DX Club is  sponsor of K5P.

Free internal QSL service available for all MDXC Members is good standing with the share in 2016.

 

More information on the [ official site ]

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Update: 24-Jan @ 0330z…..Tonight at 0600z we’ll be on 14155 SSB listening down at 14145 for EU…..we plan on taking down our antennas and stations starting Tuesday, Jan. 26…..we will be on the air for part of the day but must have everything packed up by nightfall…..we will continue our efforts to get every DXer in every part of the world in the log…..if you need us for an ATNO, you must be on the radio on the right band…..the Clublog Geographic propagation information is quite helpful……we hope propagation is good for the remaining days…..team is tired but happy to operate!…..keep checking back for remaining updates…..

Update: 21-Jan @ 2300z……...The aging Battle Creek Special has had several problems.  Last night, we finally discovered an open connection in the sloping inverted L off the top of the antenna and replaced it with new copper wire.  Tonight we’ll be on TopBand starting at 0500 UTC and every night until next Tuesday……keep checking back for further updates…..

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VP8STI & VP8SGI – South Sandwich and South Georgia

The Mediterraneo DX Club is  sponsor of VP8STI – South Sandwich & VP8SGI – South Georgia.

Free internal QSL service available for all MDXC Members is good standing with the share in 2016

UPDATE

NEWS UPDATE @ 21:20Z – Nigel Jolly, Braveheart owner, declared an emergency and ordered the VP8STI team to cease all operations and return to the ship. A large ice flow that had broken away due to last night’s storm starts to block the entrance to the Bay where they were camped. There was strong potential for the ice flow to prevent Braveheart reaching them.

The Team is now safely aboard the Braveheart and they are moving away from Southern Thule Is. All equipment and personal gear is still on the island. They hope to return to camp site during next good weather window. Once they retrieve their equipment they will make a determination as to whether they can proceed to South Georgia to do VP8SGI as planned – VP8STI QRT !

 

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