South Orkney Islands DXpedition
VP8/VP8DXU
(AN-008)

Project planning continues on schedule.

Corporate Sponsors:
A key component of any serious DX-pedition is the equipment. Joining our corporate sponsor team are:

WiMo:
We are pleased to announce that WiMo Antennen und Elektronik Gmb, Herxheim, Germany will sponsor the HF Yagi antennas by providing a complement of antennas from their EAntenna product line.

Spiderbeam:
Returning as a sponsor is Spiderbeam GmbH, Spremberg, Germany. As with our previous DX-pedition projects, Spiderbeam will provide their line of high-quality fiberglass and aluminum telescoping masts. We are happy to again welcome Spiderbeam to another PDXG project.

Tent Weekend:
Scheduled for July 12 – 15, 2019 in Placerville, California is our tent assembly project. Over 2,300 pounds (1,050kg) of WeatherPort extreme weather tents and supporting equipment was shipped to California from Illinois and Georgia. We appreciate the assistance from: Don N1DG, Craig K9CT, Bob K4UEE and Rick N4HU in making these tents available to our project, and Mark KJ6EUO for his assistance in receiving and storing the shipment in California.

We will unpack, inspect, make any necessary repairs and repack the tents. To minimize island setup time, we will construct and “kit” the tent bases / flooring in California.

Band / Mode Addition:
We added 80m SSB to the operating plan.

Fundraising:
Our fundraising campaign continues. The next payment to Braveheart is due in July and our shipping budget of $25,000(USD) is tracking close to plan. As of this writing, 30 clubs / Foundations and 236 individuals have shown their support to the project.

We have a long way to go in order to reach the goal of 50% team member funding of the estimated project cost of $325,000(USD). If you need South Orkney for an ATNO, or plan to work us, we would appreciate your help, expenses must be paid before we sail.

Many of the current individual donors have supported our previous DX-peditions whether they needed the entity or not. We appreciate the confidence they’ve shown in our team, and invite others to sign on.

Ham Radio Events:
We enjoyed meeting many DXers at Ham Com Dallas, Friedrichshafen, Germany and the Arizona ARRL State Convention, Prescott. Please look for us at the Pacific Northwest DX Convention, Everett, Washington in August.

73, Team VP8/VP8DXU // Website: https://sorkney.com/

2 COMMENTS

  1. A VP8 callsign can be used from any of the VP8 entities, including South Orkney. I therefore fail to see the need, or logic, in using a complex callsign such VP8/VP8DXU. It is not exactly the snappiest of callsigns on CW and, if they intend using FT8, they will have trouble working other complex calls.

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