Press Release #3
May 26, 2019

South Orkney Islands DX-pedition (AN-008)

Project plans continue to be developed. The radio and antenna strategies are complete and work is underway building detailed project plans and sourcing equipment.

Callsign
We will use the call sign: VP8/VP8DXU

Corporate Sponsors
A key component of any serious DX-pedition is the radio equipment. We are pleased to announce that Elecraft is again partnering with us as a major equipment sponsor. Elecraft will provide fully featured K3s transceivers, KPA-500 amplifiers and P3 Panadapters. Elecraft has been a trusted supplier of all Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) projects, we appreciate their continued support and sponsorship.

Our other corporate sponsors include: DX Engineering, Arlan Communications (RadioSport) and Rig Expert.

Tent Weekend
Scheduled for the 2nd weekend of July in Placerville, California is our tent assembly project. We will unpack, inspect, make any necessary repairs and repack the 3 tents we acquired for this project. To minimize island setup time, we will construct and “kit” the tent bases / flooring in California. The tents and flooring will then be disassembled and repacked for sea shipment.

Fundraising
We received significant financial support from the Northern California DX Foundation, the German DX Foundation and the Far East DX-Ploiters. As of this writing a total of 29 clubs/foundations have committed to support the project and 178 individuals have shown their support. This is a good start, but we still have a long way to go in order to meet the goal of the team members funding 50% 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.

Confirmations:
As with previous PDXG DX-peditions we are again offering a tiered structure for early LoTW upload (from the island) and free QSL cards at the $50 or greater level. Both offers have proven to be very popular with the DX community. Details are available at the website or by contacting us at: info@sorkney.com

Ham Radio Events
With Visalia and Dayton behind us, one or more of our team members will be attending: Dallas Ham-Com, Ham Radio Friedrichshafen (Germany), the ARRL Arizona State Convention (Prescott, AZ) and the Pacific Northwest DX Convention. Please look for us and say hello.

We enjoyed meeting many DXers at Visalia and Dayton. The winner of the Icom 7300 (Visalia raffle) was Rick Kile WA7BNG.

73,
Team VP8/VP8DXU

Website: https://sorkney.com/

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