Update 20th of January 2020
The preparations are part of the fun too! An amazing load of work is done by all team members. Antennas, hardware, software, the camp set up, medical well-being, transportation, satellite connections, inter-camp communication, operating schedules, vaccinations to name just a few.
Yesterday, we had a video conference call between all international team members to discuss the final loose ends. All lights are green.
The European members will depart from Amsterdam and Frankfurt on Saturday 7 March. Flying through Singapore, New Zealand and Samoa to their neighbouring islands – American Samoa. Our American members will depart the same weekend to meet up in Pago Pago.
The vessel Manu’Atele will bring us to Swains atoll. This will be a 24 hour journey. Landing on the island will be done by smaller boats at high tide to minimize reef issues. A serious challenge. Think of all the radio equipment, antenna materials, tents, generators, fuel and food for two weeks. The ship will leave after landing. Hopefully picking the team up again after 14 days.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 – From 10-25 March 2020 an international team of 10 operators will be active from Swains Island as W8S. QRV on all HF bands in CW, SSB, FT8 and RTTY with 4 stations from 2 separated camps. More info will follow the coming weeks. Website