VK0EK, Heard Island DXpedition | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Page last updated on: Thursday, October 2, 2014 Share on wordpressShare on twitterShare on hootsuiteShare on emailMore Sharing Services2VK0EK, Heard Island DXpedition”During the past several months, we have made considerable progress and some significant changes in the plan for the Heard Island Expedition.The most important change is the switch to the vessel Akademik Shokalskiy, operated by Heritage Expeditions. This switch brings numerous advantages, including:• Departure from Fremantle, Australia, significantly more convenient tothe numerous Australian team members.• The vessel will stay with us for the duration at Heard Island, nominally21 days. We are discussing the possiblity that the vessel will make aside-trip to Kerguelen during the stay on Heard Island, perhaps enablingadditional activities form that location.• Due to the higher vessel speed 14 kt, 16kt max and the lower distance 2209 nm of the Skokalskiy, the total trip duration is reduced to 35 days, rather than 45 days previously planned.• Calculations by N6BV, K6TU and KY6R indicate that radio propagation is optimum in November, significantly better than the previously plan forJanuary.• Carrying out the expedition in 2015 enables us to apply for a majorgrant up to $100k from the Explorers Club, available only for 2015.During this period we have also increased the team roster, which currently has 28 members, more than the minimum of 25 needed for the vessel charter. The roster will be updated on this website in the relatively near future.The budget for the entire expedition is $800k. Considering expectedsupport, especially from the amateur radio community, we expect to be able to cap the participant expense at $18k. In addition, the team will beworking on corporate in-kind donations that can reduce this to $15k.In summary, we believe we now have all the core elements in place for the expedition, and have moved from the planning phase into the preparation phase. We will welcome your contributions of any kind, and still have spaces for a few more participants.We sincerely thank the sponsors and donors to this point, and futuresupport in advance.”For information, please contact the Expedition Leader at:schmieder[at]cordell.orgTo see the complete press by Rich, KY6R, go to: http://vk0ek.org/author/ky6rOPDX

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According to the DXpedition team, “all the core elements of the expedition are in place.”  Team members have transitioned from the planning phase to the preparation phase.  If things work out, a possible side trip to isolated Kerguelen Island can be arranged.  For complete details, visit http://vk0ek.org/author/ky6rOPDX.  This should be a great operation with the possibility of getting two remote locations in your log book (Heard Island and Kerguelen Island).

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Aloha es 73 de Rus (KH6JRM).

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