VP8STI & VP8SGI South Sandwich Isl. & South Georgia Isl. [Update, February 24]

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VP8STI & VP8SGI South Sandwich Isl. & South Georgia Isl.

February 24, 2016

David R. Collingham-K3LP and Paul S. Ewing-N6PSE informs DxCoffee readers:

“Dear DX Community: 

We are happy to inform you that all of the VP8STI/VP8SGI team members are now home and enjoying their families after 46 days away. 

We are reading and responding to the many email messages received while we were away. We did not have any internet access during our voyage or while on the islands other than brief BGAN time to upload logs. Within a few days we will have answered all messages and inquiries. 

We are happy to read that we have largely satisfied the need for contacts and that our results are appreciated. This was a very expensive and difficult trip. Most of us would do it again! 

We are grateful for your financial and emotional support. Today, we have decided to make a change to our previously announced QSL/LoTW policy. 

Although our previous policy was to give LoTW only to those who requested a QSL card and then do a full LoTW upload in September, we have just now decided to do a full upload to LoTW as our way of saying “thank you” for everyone’s generous support! 

We have just completed uploading the entire VP8STI and VP8SGI logs to Log Book of the World. Soon, we will upload VP8IDX and VP8DRC logs to LoTW as well. 

We hope that this gesture will negate the need to send us bureau cards which we feel will someday be replaced by Log Book of the World. It is our hope to encourage and promote this development. 

Soon, you will be able to read accounts of our journey and we will produce a nice video which we will share with you at no cost. We hope to see you soon as we begin to give our presentations and tell our stories. 

In the coming months, we hope to tell you about our plans for another very rare activation. Until then, best wishes! 

Sincerely,” 

David R. Collingham-K3LP 

Paul S. Ewing-N6PSE

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February 9, 2016

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“After the storm comes the calm and VP8SGI was able to went back to
Husvik Bay and collect all their gear during past Sunday afternoon.
        Full  VP8SGI log was uploaded and OQRS is running. For VP8SGI
log inquiries please contact KU9C at   vp8sgi_logresearch@yahoo.com 
        Braveheart is sailing at full steam heading Falklands Is, where VP8 team
will arrive around next weekend. Delorme tracker is working so you can follow
        More news about VP8IDX operation from Falkland Is, will come later.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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February 7, 2016, 1330UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Past night they have a big storm and VP8SGI members went back to Braveheart for security reasons.
 Everybodyis OK and now, they are waiting a weather change to dismount and pack everything.

 Last log file will be uploaded from Stanley, Falkland Is.”

 VP8SGI now is QRT.

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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February 7, 2016, 0844UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“VP8SGI Team back on braveheart. Big storm right now. Everyone is OK.More News later”

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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February 6, 2016

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

 Today I was in contact with N6PSE from early morning. We exchanged a lot of
messages while they are in the middle of a big storm with high winds and snow.
It seems that South Georgia weather does not want to give them a rest. 
   ATNO plans are going to change due propagation is shifting day to day.
Tomorrow, February 7th, they will be asking for ATNO contacts time to time
on any band so please, follow operator instructions and respect to those
for whom VP8SGI is still an All Time New One.
   We did not speak about 6 meters but plans for this bands are still the same,
if there is an available radio during his afternoon-evening, Paul will call me via
Iridium Satellite few minutes before to start to call on 50.110Khz so check DX Cluster
spots.
    I asked them for an earlier 160 meters activity looking to Western Europe
and also to take profit of Grey Line with East Coast and it seems they are going
to be on the Top Band earlier than previous days.
 
     In my last press release, I stated that this project exceeds $215.000. Well,
VP8 project budget is $425.000, team members contributed with $210.000.
     They are very grateful to all sponsors and individual donors who will helps them
to cover remaining $215.000.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot
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February 5, 2016, 1615 UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Today is day 8 at VP8SGI. We are pushing forward to our goal of 80.000
contacts from South Georgia Islands.   The ten and twelve meter bands are very good today.
Our biggest challenges are the high winds which are destroying our antennas
and tent and the many out of turn callers that continually call while we are trying to work others.
We are particularly frustrated by those EU callers that continue to call as we are trying to work to Asia/Japan.
Please let´s all show our best Ham Spirit over the next three days so that everyone has a chance to work VP8SGI.
On Sunday, we will be seeking ATNO contacts on 17 meters SSB. We will QRT on Monday morning.
Best wishes from the Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team.”
Paul N6PSE
 
At this point, I want to remember to everybody that VP8 team members left their homes
past January 7th, and they expect to be back at home around February 22th. More than 45 days
out of home, working and risking their lives in one of the hardest places of the World, trying to give
us three new DXCC countries, two of them in the highest part on the most wanted list, in a project
that exceeds 215.000$. So please, lets help them to reach their aim following operator instructions
and respecting other callers.
 
Paul will try to do first six meters QSO during their afternoon and evening time. Take a look
to my spots on DX Cluster, he will call me by Sat phone few minutes before start to call on 50.110 Khz.
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot
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February 4, 2016, 1530 UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Right now, VP8SGI team is working on tents and antennas repairs. Due to the strong winds, they have lost two masts. Tri-bander antennas are on the ground and Six meters antenna mast will be used to rise one of the tri-bander.

After antenna works, they will be again on the air pushing hard to get everyone in the log. N6PSE will try on six meters SSB today if he finally is able to find a pipe where to install 6 meters antenna.

New pictures will be posted later today in our website:
http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8/photos.php”

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

4 February 2016, 1020UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Yesterday they had high winds and some antennas and tents were
damaged. Today they will go QRT for 4 or 5 hours starting around
1PM local time (1500 UTC), while they are repairing antennas and tents. 
More news ahead.”

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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3 February 2016

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Today is day six on South Georgia Is. VP8SGI will do QRT at sunrise

on February 8th.      
      They are experiencing a G1 geomagnetic storm. This is greatly impacting the
higher bands. However, VP8SGI team will continue to push forward.
      The weather continues to be cold and windy. It is snowing and their noise level
is higher than usual.
      Tonight they will continue their major effort on the low bands including 160 meters.
      They are planning to be QRV on 17 meters SSB during next Sunday for those
that need an ATNO contact with VP8SGI.
       Due the difficult is being for VK and ZL stations to work South Georgia on RTTY
on 15 and 30 meters, tomorrow from 09:30 to 12:30z they will be on 14.080 RTTY
listening up only for VK/ZL and Oceania stations.   
       Today they will try again on six meters. Yesterday, EA3GP was able to listen VP8SGI
signal on 50.110 SSB. Probably today they will try on 50.110 CW aronud 16:00 to 18:00z and
once again around 20:00 to 22:00z. Due they have not a beacon system, I will try to post on
DX Cluster each time they will be calling CQ.
 
          They are working very hard to work everyone and they hope to see you in the log.
Best wishes from the Intrepid DX Group VP8SGI team.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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1 February 2016

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“They had a windy day, 60 knot, and some antennas fallen down but they were able to fix damaged antennas.

VP8SGI manager, KU9C, will not be able to change log at this time. If your QSO is not in our log, work them again. In case you
have not been able to repeat missing QSO, feel free to contact KU9C at vp8sgi_logresearch@yahoo.com for log inquiries after VP8SGI QRT.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot
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31 January 2016

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Today, VP8SGI team were running 6 stations at the same time today.
Paul, N6PSE describes South Georgia Is. as an amazing, very beautiful,
windy and cold place. They are surrounded by Penguins and youg Seal pups.
Check our website for additional photos.
First Top Band QSO were not easy due CQWW Contest past night. Tonight
they will be once again on 160 meters. Their pashed verticals seems to
work very well. Special effort will be done on Low Bands.
20SSB laptop was running out of time yesterday. Problem was located and
they were working on this issue today.
 
N2OO, VP8STI manager, informs that any log inquires should be send
to vp8sti_logresearch@yahoo.com . Non-log issues can continue to go to
his regular email address.
 
Today is day 3 as VP8SGI and they will depart from South Georgia
on February 8th 
 
The Intrepid DX Group VP8 team send you their best wishes from
Husvik Bay- South Georgia Islands.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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30 January 2016

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“VP8SGI is running with five stations at the same time. Good reports are coming from EU and NA
after first operation day. They are going to keep the five stations on the air as much as possible.
Biggest problem for them today are the out of turn calls coming specially from EU and NA, so please,
lets help them to run the pile-up.  
  Tonight they will be QRV on 160 meters outside CQWW Contest.
  Later today we expect to have first log upload and first pictures from Husvik bay.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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29 January 2016, 1800UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Important message from N2OO, VP8STI/VP8SGI QSL manager:

 
The full VP8STI log has been uploaded to Club Log. OQRS has been turned on. If anyone
has a log inquiry, N2OO asks that you hold off until this Monday, February 1 since he will be
participating in the CQWW 160 CW Contest from W2GD this weekend and he would
appreciate it we could keep his email clear until Monday PLEASE.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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29 January 2016, 1200UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“VP8SGI arrived few hours ago to South Georgia Is.
They have very good weather and they started to work
on antennas and shack set up.

They expect to be on the air in two or three hours.”

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot
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28 January 2016, 1130UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

  “VP8SGI team expects to arrive early tomorrow to Husvik Bay, South Georgia Is.
If everything goes well, they will be on the air tomorrow afternoon, South Georgia time.
     
      David K3LP, co leader of the VP8STI/VP8SGI DXpedition, called yesterday via
satphone to Bill Hein,AA7XT. Bill tells me that “David sounded tired but in good spirits”.
David reported that they received two to three feet of snow to go along with the 70 mph winds.      

      VP8STI final log will be uploaded from South Georgia. Our manager N2OO, will turn on
OQRS once we get those last log files and we make sure that the full log is complete. QSL updates
will be posted on the VP8STI QRZ page.”    

      EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

 

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January 27, 2016, 2200UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

 

“After  24 hours with almost any information from VP8STI, today messages
from Paul, N6PSE started to flow. They are in good shape but tired and excited
while they are approaching to South Georgia Is.

Final VP8STI log will be uploaded from South Georgia.”

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

PS: These guys are my heros. They are writing a glorious page in the Ham radio history.

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January 27, 2016

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Finally yesterday the team was able to collect all gear from Thule Is. All team members are OK and they are on the way to South Georgia where they will arrive after three days’ sailing. They will try to be on the air for eight days as VP8SGI. Personally, I want to thank all those who sent support messages to us, expressing their concerns about the VP8STI team situation.

Delorme tracker is working, you can see Braveheart progress at:
http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8/location.php”

25 January 2016, 2120UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

Today at 21:20 UTC, Nigel Jolly, Braveheart owner, declared an emergency
and ordered to VP8STI team to cease all operations and return to the ship. A large
ice flow that had broken away due last nights storm starts to block the entrance
to the Bay where they were camped. There was strong potential for the ice flow to prevent
Braveheart to get them.
Team is now safely aboard the Braveheart and they are moving away from Southern
Thule Is. All the 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 could make a determination as to whether they can proceed to South Georgia to do VP8SGI
as planned.
VP8STI QRT !

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25 January 2016, 1930UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“VP8STI plans to be tonight on 160 CW and 40SSB”

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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25 January 2016, 1500UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Everybody is OK after worst part of the storm has passed.
They made antenna repairs and they will be on the air with four stations until tomorrow morning.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

 

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25 January 2016, 0720UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee Readers:

“Past night two tents and most of the Yagis were destroyed by high winds. Both of their main tents collapsed partially and the team worked very hard through the night to save them. The Braveheart recorded winds of 70 mph (112 Kph). They are running only on 40 meters due antenna damage. Once they can assess damage they can determine whether they  can proceed to South Georgia or not. Right now they are doing last QSO as VP8STI – they have asked  the Braveheart to extract them when possible. They regret that they have fallen short of their plans , however the team and crew safety is most important.” 
     
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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24 January 2016, 2130UTC

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee readers:

“Dear DX Community:

Since early this morning, we have been experiencing blizzard like conditions with strong winds and heavy snow fall. Some of our antennas have become damaged by the high winds and the snow fall is making access to them very difficult.  It is also increasingly difficult to re-fuel our generators.

Our biggest concern is our four tents, one of which has already been damaged by the high winds. We are in VHF communications with the Braveheart and we are discussing contingency plans to abort or shorten the DXpedition if safety requires.

The Braveheart is unable to maintain their anchor position and is moving out to sea. We are currently active on three stations however we are becoming increasingly less confident that we can maintain this activity. Please know that we are doing our best under extreme circumstances to make contacts with the global DX Community. This DXpedition has thoroughly tested each member physically, mentally and spiritually. We pray for a safe return.

We hope that we can continue however we feel the need to inform you that our activity may abruptly come to an end in the name of safety of our team and the crew of the Braveheart.

Best wishes from the Intrepid-DX Group VP8STI Team.”

Thank you,

Paul N6PSE
Co-Leader, VP8STI

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23 January 2016, 0830UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

They are having significant BGAN issues but they will try to upload logs daily.

On 26th, VP8STI team will start to dismount high bands antennas and they
will be on the air on low bands until January 27th morning. Departure to South Georgia will be on the afternoon of the 27th on the way to the #8 most Wanted DXCC. They expect to arrive to Husvik Bay on the 30th afternoon so most probably they will start operation from South Georgia on the 31th.
 EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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22 January 2016, 1230UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

“VP8STI will be QRV on 50110 CW 18:00 to 20:00 UTC.”

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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21 January 2016, 1930UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

Today they had a severe black out on the high HF bands due a solar storm.
During the afternoon team was able to finish 6 meters antenna setup and first CQ was done.
Finally there will not be 60 meters operation in adherence with IARU region band plan.
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot
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20 January 2016, 1630UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

“VP8STI wil be on the air today using the frecuencies listed below:

USB TX: 5403.5 RX: 5.371.5
CW TX: 5405     RX: 5373
Operation schedule was not confirmed but they will try during Thule Is. darkness hours.”

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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20 January 2016, 1430UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

“Finally 160 antenna system is ready so tonigth they will be QRV on Top Band.
Tonight plan also include to be QRV on 80 meters for JA.”
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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19 January 2016, 2100UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

“We received first logs from VP8STI few minutes ago and it are already online.
We are going to try to upload log once per day from now.”
 
  EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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19 January 2016, 1900UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

“At the time I am sending this update, team is working on 80 meters antenna setup. 
A new storm is coming so lets hope they will be able to finish the work on time to be
on the air tonight on this band.
40 meters four square is working, they had big signals last night.

They expect to raise 160 meters phased verticals tomorrow.”

 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot
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18 January 2016, 1600UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

Just I received this email from Paul N6PSE: 

Greetings from the VP8STI Southern Thule Island.

We are now QRV with three stations and we expect more stations to be QRV shortly.

Our landing yesterday was very difficult. The initial team on the island had to wear wetsuits and go onto the rocks to establish safety ropes for team and equipment. One team member and one generator went into the ocean. The team member is recovering. The generator is not. The seas are very rough which makes bringing supplies to the island very dangerous. We are experiencing high winds and some snow.

We are currently working through several critical issues:

1) Voltage sags on our three generators are causing our K3’s to experience problems.

2) We are missing parts to some critical antennas.

3) We are down one 6KW generator until the Braveheart can bring a backup generator.

We are still actively raising antennas and we hope to be QRV on 30, 40 and possibly 80 meters tonight.

We plan to upload logs to Clublog each day starting tomorrow.

Please know that we are doing our best under very difficult conditions and we hope to see you in our logs.

Best wishes from VP8STI.

Paul N6PSE
Co-Leader, VP8STI

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17 January 2016, 1530UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

Just I received a message from N6PSE, they had landed and they are starting camp setup. They have high winds and snow is falling. They expect to be on the air late today.

  EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot
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17 January 2016, 0100UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

“I received a message from Paul just one hour ago, they are driving in circles  waiting daylight to shore.
Early morning the will start camp set up.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot
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16 January 2016, 1830UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

“Early tomorrow, VP8STI team will arrive to South Sandwich Is. They will set up camp as soon as possible and they expect to be on the air late tomorrow afternoon.

Everything is going well and team members are excited.”

EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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16 January 2016, 1230 Local

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14 January 2016, 2030 UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

 “Braveheart left King Edward Point in South Georgia Is. few hours ago. Weather has changed
and today they have high winds and snow.
They expect to arrive to South Sandwich next Sunday.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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13 January 2016, 2030 UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

“Braveheart is approaching South Georgia. They will anchor tonight at King Edward point.
If weather permits, departure to South Sandwich will be tomorrow after safety and biodiversity
briefing. They expect to arrive to Thule island next Sunday.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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12 January 2016, 2245 UTC

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

Today´s weather was good and things are going as planned. They are seeing
big icebergs along the boat.        
  
   Team will arrive after tomorrow to King Edward Point in South Georgia Is.
where they will have a required safety and biodiversity briefing with Government
officials. After briefing they will get a weather report and then they proceed to
South Sandwich Is.
   
   Delorme tracker will update Braveheart position at least once per day. It can
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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11 January 2016

Antonio EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot informs DxCoffee readers:

“Braveheart left Stanley, Falkland Is., past Sunday morning heading South Sandwhich Is.
They are on the air as VP8IDX/mm while they are sailing through a rough sea. This could be a
useful tool to check propagation.
          Although I am in contact with them, it seems that it´s being hard to set an estable satellite link
from the boat.”
 
EA5RM – VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot

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7 January 2016

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:

The VP8STI/VP8SGI Team is on the way to meet the Braveheart. Let the voyage begin!

The VP8STI/VP8SGI team is now making their way to Stanley, The Falkland Islands for the eight day voyage to Southern Thule Island (South Sandwich). During our voyage, will be active as VP8IDX/MM. We will be making notes of propagation on each band.

Our route will take us along the treacherous Drake Passage, known for rough seas and bad weather. We expect to land on Southern Thule Island (South Sandwich) and begin operations as VP8STI on January 18th.

Upon completion of our mission, we will voyage three days to Husvik Bay, South Georgia where we expect to land and begin operations sometime on February 1st as VPGSGI.

On February 14th, we will return to Stanley. We will operate as VP8IDX until February 19th. Look for us on 160 meters!

Our goals are to operate fast and efficiently and to provide as many all-time new contacts with these rare entities. We will make the extra effort to work the most remote and difficult regions.

All of our plans are going very well. We have raised 75% of the funds needed to complete our Dxpedition. We are very extremely grateful for all Foundation, Club and Individual support.

We have updated our QSL page and OQRS will be live as soon as we complete each activation. We will make every effort to upload our logs to Clublog each day. We expect to have challenges in doing so as at 59 degrees South, Southern Thule Island is outside of the Inmarsat BGAN coverage footprint. We will make very limited updates to our website during the Dxpedition for this reason. New donors will be added once we return to Stanley in mid-February.

We have enabled a new feature on our website where you can follow our progress and track our location: http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8/location.php

We are very excited to be activating the #3 and #8 most wanted DXCC entities on a combined trip. You can view all details of our Dxpedition at http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8

Please watch for updates and announcements in The Daily DX, DX-World, DX Coffee and DX News.

Thank you, and Happy New Year!    

   

Paul N6PSE

Co-Leader, VP8 Team

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31 December 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:

Greetings from the Intrepid DX Group VP8STI/VP8SGI Team

We are pleased to report that the R/V Braveheart has arrived in Stanley, the Falkland Islands and is making preparations for the arrival of the VP8STI/VP8SGI team. The Braveheart is taking on 90,000 liters of fuel and enough provisions for their 36 day voyage with the Intrepid VP8 team.

The Braveheart at anchor in Stanley, December 31st, 2015

The Braveheart at anchor in Stanley, December 31st, 2015

At 59 degrees South, Southern Thule in the South Sandwich chain of islands is closer to the Antarctic Circle than either Heard Island (53 degrees) or Bouvet Island (54 degrees) The climate will be cold and harsh with strong winds. Current weather in Southern Thule is -2 degrees C with moderate winds. After camping in tents on Southern Thule for ten days, our team will voyage to South Georgia Island and set up camp for an additional ten days.

Our goals are to operate fast and efficiently and to provide as many all-time new contacts with these rare entities. We will make the extra effort to work the most remote and difficult regions.

All of our plans are going very well. We have raised 74% of the funds needed to complete our Dxpedition. We are very grateful for all Foundation, Club and Individual support.

We have updated our QSL page and OQRS will be live as soon as we complete each activation. We will make every effort to upload our logs to Clublog each day. We expect to have challenges in doing so as at 59 degrees South, Southern Thule Island is outside of the Inmarsat BGAN coverage footprint.

We are very excited to be activating the #3 and #8 most wanted DXCC entities on a combined trip. You can view all details of our Dxpedition at http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8

Upon our return to Stanley, the team will operate as VP8IDX for five days with an emphasis on 160 meters.

Please watch for updates and announcements in The Daily DX, DX-World, DX Coffee and DX News.

Thank you, and Happy New Year!    

   

Paul N6PSE

Co-Leader, VP8 Team

 

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22 December 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:

“In just two short weeks, members of the VP8STI/VP8SGI team will be meeting the Braveheart in Stanley, the Falkland Islands. All of our plans are going very well. We have raised 73% of the funds needed to complete our Dxpedition. We are very grateful for all Foundation, Club and Individual support.

We have updated our QSL page and OQRS will be live as soon as we complete each activation. We will make every effort to upload our logs to Clublog each day. We expect to have challenges in doing so as at 59 degrees South, Southern Thule Island is outside of the Inmarsat BGAN coverage footprint.

The team is very focused and committed to satisfying the need for contacts with South Sandwich and South Georgia. We ask that everyone follow the DX Code of Conduct. We will not work stations that are calling out of turn. We will be in communications with our Chief Pilot each day and we ask you to work with our team of Regional Pilot stations to help us meet the demand for contacts.

We are very excited to be activating the #3 and #8 most wanted DXCC entities on a combined trip. Adding South Georgia on to our itinerary cost us an extra $120,000. If you have not already donated, won’t you please consider a donation? For our US donors, your end of year donations are tax deductible to the Intrepid-DX Group as we are a 501.C.3.

You can view all details of our Dxpedition at http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8 

Please watch for updates and announcements in The Daily DX, DX-World, DX Coffee and DX News.                                                              

Thank you, and Merry Christmas!”          

Paul N6PSE

Co-Leader, VP8 Team

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25 November 2015

From VP8STI & VP8SGI Facebook page:

“All of the VP8STI/VP8SGI equipment has been loaded aboard the R/V Braveheart by Nigel Jolly and his crew. In a few days, they will begin their long and arduous voyage to the Falkland Islands, where they will meet the Intrepid-DX Group’s VP8STI/VP8SGI team on January 9th.”

 

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17 November 2015

Paul N6PSE Co-Leader, VP8 Team informs DxCoffee Readers:
“The VP8STI-South Sandwich, VP8SGI-South Georgia and VP8IDX (Falklands & /MM) licenses have been issued and are in hand. In just six short weeks, the team will be making their voyage to South Sandwich Island. Our ship, the venerable RV Braveheart is being prepared and loaded for her long voyage halfway around the world to meet the team in the Falkland Islands.
 
We expect to land at South Sandwich and begin operations sometime on January 17th if sea conditions and weather permit. After ten days at South Sandwich, we will break camp and voyage three days to South Georgia. We expect to land and be on the air on February 1st.
 
This is a “Pure DX” Dxpedition. The team is not mountain climbing or collecting specimens, our sole focus is getting you in our logs! We will work very hard to do that!
 
To date, we have raised $153,500 from the global DX Community. The 14 team members have contributed $210,000 towards our entire budget of $425,000. If your club or you yourself have not already donated will you please consider a donation?  We cannot get there without you!
 
The Intrepid-DX Group is an IRS approved 501.C.3 non-profit organization and your US contributions are tax deductible.
 
 
Please watch for updates and announcements in The Daily DX, DX-World, DX Coffee and DX News.
                                                             
 
Thank you, ”        
   
Paul N6PSE
Co-Leader, VP8 Team

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1 November 2015

VP8STI/VP8SGI Team informs DxCoffee Readers:

At this time, we would like to announce several new aspects of the VP8STI/VP8SGI Dxpeditions:

Youth & Community Participation

Since the early 1990’s, the Intrepid DX-Group’s leadership, David (K3LP), Paul (N6PSE) and other team members, have led our effort to incorporate “Youth Development and Community Involvement” in our Amateur Radio DXpeditions. Those included were the ET3AA Addis Abba University in 2011, 3D2R Rotuma Youth Project in 2011, Dorothy Grant Elementary School Amateur Radio Club (K6DGE) and School Students in 2010-present, YI9PSE Iraq, T33C Banaba, ST0R S. Sudan in 2013, XZ1J Myanmar in 2013, 8P6R in 2005, 3D2DC in 2004, VU3RWO in 2006,  J6R, J6/K3LP in 1997-2003, A61AF Dubai Men’s College/A61AJ 1996-1998 and many others.

During the South Sandwich and South Georgia Island DXpedition, our Honorary School this trip is the trusted Dorothy Grant Elementary School in Fontana, CA. Teacher Beverly Matheson’s (WA6BK) 4th Grade Class students have prepared a DGES Flag that will travel to and from the islands. In addition, the students have prepared a small weather tracking experiment for the DXpedition to participate. We hope to continue to ignite the interest of these students in Amateur Radio.

Dxpedition Pilot Program:

Our regional Dxpedition Pilot Program will be led by experienced Dxpeditioner Antonio Gonzalez-EA5RM. Antonio will communicate with each of our regional Pilot stations to ensure that we are satisfying the needs of the global DX Community and that we are aware of propagation and other issues. Our regional Pilots are as follows:

EU/Chief Pilot-EA5RM Antonio Gonzalez

US East Coast-W2IRT-Peter Dougherty

US West Coast-AA6G Chuck Vaughn

JA/Asia-JR4OZR Harumi Kukita

VK/ZL & Oceania-VK4MA Paul Richards.

You can contact them via our website by clicking on their photograph on the main page of our website at http://www.intrepid-dx/com/vp8 Our pilots are entrusted to help us meet your needs as best as they can. Our pilots will not have access to our logs and all logging issues will be addressed by our QSL Manager following the conclusion of both activations.

At this time, all plans are moving forward and we expect to be QRV on January 17th as VP8STI.

Please watch for updates and announcements in The Daily DX, DX-World, DX Coffee and DX News.

Thank you,         

Paul N6PSE

Co-Leader, VP8 Team

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15 October 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:

The activations of South Sandwich and South Georgia Islands as VP8STI and VP8SGI in January-February 2016 are the next major Dxpeditions to take place.
 
The decision to activate VP8-South Sandwich and VP8-South Georgia was made upon seeing how well FT4TA, FT5ZM and K1N were funded.
 
That gave us the confidence to go forward activating these two rare and remote islands on the same trip. We are now finding ourselves with a significant funding shortfall. By adding South Georgia to our itinerary we added fifteen days at $8,000 per day or $120,000 onto the cost to activate South Sandwich.
 
Our analysis of our funding shows us that while our individual donations have exceeded all expectations, our club donations have not. We are seeing that many Clubs that gave FT5ZM or K1N $1000-$2000 are giving us $500 or a fraction of what they gave to these other Dxpeditions. Some clubs have decided not to make any donation to us that gave quite generously to other recent Dxpeditions.
 
While we appreciate each and every donation, we can tell you that a Club donation to us of $500 amounts to a donation of $250 for the activation of each of these rare and remote islands. With a budget of $425,000 we are making small incremental steps when leaps and bounds are needed.
 
As you know, upfront donations are critical for a Dxpeditions success. Each member of the Intrepid DX Group has contributed $15,000 of their personal funds to move the VP8STI-South Sandwich and VP8 South Georgia Dxpeditions forward. These are two ten day Dxpeditions to two top ten DXCC entities back to back. (#3 and #8)
 
To date, we have raised $142,000 above the team contribution of $210,000. We still have a deficit of $73,000 that we need to fill as much as we can.
 
It is only through the generosity of Club donations such as yours that we can make this DXpedition possible.
 
We would love to realize sufficient support so that the Intrepid-DX Group could plan the future activation of another top five island entity after the VP8STI/VP8SGI Dxpedition. Without sufficient funding, we cannot make those kinds of plans for the future.
 
At this time, we are asking for those Foundations and Clubs that have not yet made a donation to please consider doing so. We cannot make it there on our own.
 
Please watch for updates and announcements on The Daily DX, DX-World, DX Coffee and DX News. We hope that you will consider a donation today,                                                             
 
Thank you,         
   
Paul N6PSE
Co-Leader, VP8 Team
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10 September 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:

The South Sandwich Islands are a cold and inhospitable place. At 59 degrees south, Southern Thule Island is one of the most remote places on Earth.
Southern Thule is closer to the polar circle and the South Pole than either Bouvet Island or Heard Island. To get there, we will voyage the Drake Passage and brave strong winds and high seas. Our sole focus is to get you in our logs.
The Intrepid DX Group is pleased to announce that all of our plans are moving forward very well. We are pleased to report that all of our gear has arrived in Tauranga, New Zealand. It has been fumigated and is now being stored before it is loaded onto the RV Braveheart for her long voyage to meet the team in the Falkland Islands.
At this time, we wish to inform the Global DX Community of our intended QRV dates from each island. We will depart Stanley, the Falkland Islands on January 9th, 2016. Approximately five days later, we will arrive in King Edward Point, South Georgia where we will meet with the Government of South Sandwich and South Georgia and undergo a safety and biodiversity briefing. We will then voyage three more days south to Southern Thule Island in the South Sandwich chain of Islands.
We expect to arrive at South Sandwich on January 17th however, that is dependent on the weather and sea conditions. Our ship Captain tells us that it is common to encounter rough seas on the way to South Sandwich and that rough seas and bad weather can prevent our landing by several days. We plan to be on South Sandwich for ten days operating as VP8STI. We will then break down our camp and voyage three days back to Husvik Bay, South Georgia where we expect to land and set up operations on or about February 1st. We will operate from South Georgia Island as VP8SGI.
Our main priority is to make a great impact to the need for South Sandwich contacts and we will sacrifice our time at South Georgia to ensure that we make that impact from South Sandwich.
We expect to return to Stanley, the Falkland Islands on February 14th. We will be QRV from Stanley as VP8IDX until our flights home on February 20th.
When our voyage starts, you can see our location in real time on a map on our website. You will know when we are about to land or are departing one island for the other. We will be in daily satellite communications with our Pilots, and support team. You can get a feel for propagation as we will be QRV as VP8IDX/MM on the way to and from the islands.
 
Our plan is to be at each of these top ten entities for ten days. To effectively do that, we need your support.
We are seeking more support from the many DX Clubs of North America, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia that have yet to make a donation.
To date, our Club & Individual donations by continent are as follows:
North America:  77%
Europe: 14%
Asia: 8%
Oceania 1%
Middle East & Africa: 0%
Central & South America: 0%
So, please consider a generous contribution to this project. To have your club or organization’s logo included with the QSL card, please contribute $250 or more. Individual contributions of $150 or more will be listed with the QSL card. All donors of $25 or more will receive an early LoTW upload. Everyone who supports the Dxpedition will be listed and properly recognized on our website.
We encourage you to visit our website (www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8) and donate via the PayPal link. It’s easy and free to donate. Alternatively, you can mail a check or money order to the address listed below:
Payable to: Intrepid-DX Group
C/O David Jorgensen-WD5COV, CFO/Treasurer
18645 Cortez Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030 USA
Thank you,
The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team

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10 September 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:

“We are pleased to report that our VP8STI/VP8SGI equipment has arrived in Tauranga, New Zealand. It has been fumigated and has cleared Customs. It is now being stored by the RV Braveheart crew in preparation for their long voyage to the Falkland Islands to meet the team in January.
 
Let the voyage begin!”
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31 July 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:

“The Intrepid DX Group is pleased to announce that all of our plans are moving forward very well. We are pleased that we have been able to add World-Class CW Maestro Dmitri Zhikharev RA9USU to our team.
We have now shipped all of our equipment to New Zealand at considerable expense. Our container contents will be loaded aboard the RV Braveheart and will meet us in the Falkland Islands in January.
This will be a “Pure DX” event. We have assembled a team of World-Class experienced operators, including two DX Hall of Fame members. Our sole focus is on getting you in our logs!
When our voyage starts, you can see our location in real time on a map on our website. You will know when we are about to land or are departing one island for the other. We will be in daily satellite communications with our Pilots, and support team. You can get a feel for propagation as we will be QRV as VP8IDX/MM on the way to and from the islands.
 
Our plan is to be at each of these top ten entities for ten days. To effectively do that, we need your support.
The fourteen members of the VP8STI/VP8SGI team have committed to paying $210,000 of the $425,000 needed to carry out this Dxpedition. To date, we have raised $118,000 in club and individual donations. . We still have a significant deficit of $97,000. The VP8STI/VP8SGI asks for more support from the DX Clubs of North America, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia to support our plans. Many well established clubs have yet to donate.
To date, our Club & Individual donations by continent are as follows:
North America:  80%
Europe: 13%
Asia: 6%
Oceania 1%
Middle East & Africa: 0%
Mexico/South America: 0%
So, please consider a generous contribution to this project. To have your club or organization’s logo included with the QSL card, please contribute $250 or more. Individual contributions of $150 or more will be listed with the QSL card. All donors of $25 or more will receive an early LoTW upload. Everyone who supports the Dxpedition will be listed and properly recognized on our website.
We encourage you to visit our website (www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8) and donate via the PayPal link. It’s easy and free to donate. Alternatively, you can mail a check or money order to the address listed below:
Payable to: Intrepid-DX Group
C/O David Jorgensen-WD5COV, CFO/Treasurer
18645 Cortez Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030 USA
Thank you,”
The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team

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15 July 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:
“The Intrepid DX Group is pleased to announce that all of our plans are moving forward very well. We are testing and re-testing our gear one last time before it goes into a container next week and makes its voyage to meet the RV Braveheart in New Zealand.
This will be a “Pure DX” event. We have assembled a team of World-Class experienced operators, including two DX Hall of Fame members. We are not doing any mountain climbing, creature collection or software development. Our focus is on getting you in our logs!
At this time, we wish to announce that we are adding 6 meters as well as 60 meters to our plans. We will make a solid effort to be QRV and to give out contacts on these bands as well as 10-160 meters.
We wish to clarify our operating strategy: We will be QRV on 6-160 meters with six stations and we invite you to work us on all bands and modes. We will also select a band that is propagating for the most hours of the day, and we will be QRV on that band for the duration of our activity. This is a means to increase the number of unique call signs in our logs and to give everyone a chance to work us.  We will be looking to give ATNO contacts at every opportunity.
Our goal is to conduct two 8-10 day DXpeditions to each of these top ten entities. To effectively do that, we need your support.
The fourteen members of the VP8STI/VP8SGI team have committed to paying $210,000 of the $425,000 needed to carry out this Dxpedition. To date, we have raised $315,000 which includes our team contribution. We still have a significant deficit of $110,000. The VP8STI/VP8SGI team needs the support of the worldwide DX Community to help us make this Dxpedition a success.
While donations from North America were strong initially, we would greatly appreciate more support from North America, Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East.  To date, our donations by continent are as follows:
North America Clubs & Foundations:  84%
Europe: 13%
Asia: 3%
Middle East & Africa: 0%
South America: 0%
Oceania: 0%
Japan will be our most challenging area to work and we are fully committed to make a major effort to work all regions of the globe.
So, please consider a generous contribution to this project. To have your club or organization’s logo included with the QSL card, please contribute $250 or more. Individual contributions of $150 or more will be listed with the QSL card. Everyone who supports the Dxpedition will be listed and properly recognized on our website.
We encourage you to visit our website (www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8) and donate via the PayPal link. It’s easy and free to donate. Alternatively, you can mail a check or money order to the address listed below:
Payable to: Intrepid-DX Group
C/O David Jorgensen-WD5COV, CFO/Treasurer
18645 Cortez Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030 USA
Thank you,”
The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team

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11 May 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:
The last major operations from South Sandwich and South Georgia Islands were in 2002. Since that time, these islands have steadily climbed the most wanted list. South Sandwich is currently the #3 most wanted DXCC entity, while South Georgia is the #8 most wanted entity.
Our goal is to conduct two 8-10 day DXpeditions to each of these top ten entities. To effectively do that, we need your support.
The fourteen members of the VP8STI/VP8SGI team have committed to paying $210,000 of the $425,000 needed to carry out this Dxpedition. To date, we have raised $315,000 which includes our team contribution. We still have a significant deficit of $110,000. The VP8STI/VP8SGI team needs the support of the worldwide DX Community to help us make this Dxpedition a success.
While donations from North America were strong initially, we would greatly appreciate more support from North America, Europe, Asia and South America.  To date, North America Clubs & Foundations have provided 87% of our support, while 12% comes from Europe and less than one percent from Asia. 
Both David (K3LP-Co Team Leader) and I think our plans for the low bands, which include a four-square for 40 meters, 2 phased verticals for 80 meters and 2 phased verticals on 160 meters plus a robust 4 station beverage system warrants a higher level of commitment from the DX community in general.
A dual rare Dxpedition like this warrants the same level of financial contribution as other recent major DXpeditions. We are all in financially at this point and need your assistance no matter what level of donation you can make.
So, please consider a generous contribution to this project. To have your club or organization’s logo included with the QSL card, please contribute $250 or more. Individual contributions of $150 or more will be listed with the QSL card. All donors of $25 or more will receive an early LoTW upload. Everyone who supports the Dxpedition will be listed and properly recognized on our website.
Our plans are moving forward in all aspects. We have just made our second installment of $113,000 to the Braveheart. Next month, we will ship a container to Auckland, New Zealand where its contents will be loaded about the Braveheart in October. In March, we will ship our equipment home when the Braveheart arrives in Cape Town, South Africa. The shipping of our equipment is our second greatest costs behind the vessel charter.  
We encourage you to visit our website (www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8) and donate via the PayPal link. It’s easy and free to donate. Alternatively, you can mail a check or money order to the address listed below:
Payable to: Intrepid-DX Group
C/O David Jorgensen-WD5COV, CFO/Treasurer
18645 Cortez Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030 USA
Thank you,
The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team

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11 May 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee readers:
“The Intrepid DX Group’s VP8SGI/VP8STI team is pleased to announce our operating strategy which will allow us to work as many unique callers as possible during each of these activations.
During our voyage to South Sandwich, which is the first island that we will activate, we will use our newly donated BGAN terminal to access solar data. We will also check in with our US, EU and JA Pilots to determine which bands are currently propagating well. We will then select a band; possibly 20, 17 or 15 meters and we will be QRV with one station on this band for the duration of the Dxpedition. This will give everyone a chance to work us at least once on the selected band.
In addition, during our final 24 hours of QRV from each island, we will announce and only accept contacts from new-first time stations on this selected band. Those chasing band slots can work us 10-160 meters on the other bands; however we feel that it is of critical importance that our primary strategy includes a means for everyone to make at least one contact with these rare islands.
We are pleased to announce our “Early Donor” program for donations prior to departure to the Islands.
For all donations of $25 or more, we will perform an early LoTW upload and we will include all $25 or more donors in the first batch of QSL processing. Our OQRS will be live during the Dxpedition. Direct QSL cards and bureau QSL cards will be processed last.
Our plans are moving forward in all aspects. We are about to make our second installment of $113,000 to the Braveheart. The Dxpedition Team has committed to paying half the costs of this Dxpedition and our Team’s contribution is $210,000.
To date, we have raised $105,000 towards our goal of raising $215,000. This puts us at 47% of our target. We would welcome additional support from the many DX Clubs around the globe.
At the time of our activations, South Sandwich will be the #3 most wanted entity, while South Georgia will be the #7 most wanted DXCC entity.
All information about our plans can be found on our website: http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8
Lastly, many of the VP8STI/VP8SGI Team members will be attending the 2015 Hamvention this weekend in Dayton, Ohio. We look forward to meeting and sharing our plans with everyone interested in VP8STI/VP8SGI.”
 
Thank you,
The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team

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12 April 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee readers:
“The Intrepid DX Group’s VP8SGI/VP8STI team is pleased to announce our “Early Donor” program for donations prior to departure to the Islands.
For all donations of $25 or more, we will perform an early LoTW upload and we will include all $25 donors in the first batch of QSL processing. We will have more news on this feature soon!
We are extremely pleased that DX Engineering has become a major equipment sponsor for this Dxpedition. This saves the team considerable funds that can be used elsewhere to improve the quality and performance of the Dxpedition team. “DX Engineering has always supported us but on this effort they have really stepped up in a big way-this is a real shot in the arm for our team and enables us to perform at higher levels” said Team Co-Leader David Collingham-K3LP.
We are delighted to report that our QSL Cards are being sponsored and printed by Tony-LZ1JZ. LZ1JZ Print Service has an outstanding reputation for printing the finest QSL cards and we are very grateful to have this sponsorship.
Our plans are moving forward in all aspects including our team’s first $54,000 installment being paid to the Braveheart.
To date, we have raised $95,000 towards our goal of raising $215,000. This puts us 44% of our target. We would welcome additional support from the many DX Clubs around the globe, particularly those in Europe and Asia who have not yet supported our efforts.
We are seeking a Sponsor for our Inmarsat-BGAN Internet terminal lease and satellite time. “It will cost us $1200 to lease the BGAN terminal and another $500 is projected for satellite air time” Said Dxpedition Co-Leader Paul Ewing-N6PSE. The BGAN terminal is essential for us to upload our logs to Clublog on a daily basis. We would welcome a corporate, club or individual sponsor of our Clublog upload capability.
At the time of our activations, South Sandwich will be the #3 most wanted entity, while South Georgia will be the #7 most wanted DXCC entity.
All information about our plans can be found on our website: http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8
Lastly, many of the VP8STI/VP8SGI Team members will be attending the 2015 International DX Convention in Visalia this weekend. If you’ll be in Visalia, please visit us at our Dxpedition Tent inside the Convention Center and say hello.”
 
Thank you,
Paul N6PSE
The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team
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30 March 2015

The Intrepid-DX Group informs DxCoffee Readers:

News from the Intrepid DX Group

We are pleased to announce that the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands has issued our Dxpedition call signs. We will useVP8STI from South Thule Island (South Sandwich). We will use VP8SGI from South Georgia Island.

In addition, the team will use VP8IDX (Intrepid DX Group) from Stanley and during our voyage to South Sandwich and South Georgia. We will be passing through rare grid squares on the way to and from these islands. The DXpedition will take place in January/February 2016. We will be on each island for ten days.

We are pleased to announce that Force 12 Antennas will provide complete sponsorship of our Dxpedition antennas including three element Yagi antennas for the high bands including WARC bands as well as a custom set of low band vertical antennas for 30,40,80 & 160 meters.  

 All of these antennas are being designed to sustain high winds that we anticipate having on South Sandwich and South Georgia.

Our plans are moving forward in all aspects including our team’s first $54,000 installment to the RV Braveheart being paid on April 1, 2015.

To date, we have raised $90,000 towards our goal of raising $215,000. This puts us 40% of our target. We would welcome additional support from the many DX Clubs around the globe, particularly those in Europe and Asia who have not yet supported our efforts.

At the time of our activations, South Sandwich will be the #3 most wanted entity, while South Georgia will be the #7 most wanted DXCC entity.

All information about our plans can be found on our website: http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8

 

Thank you,

The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team

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3 March 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:

Press Release-An update from the Intrepid-DX Group VP8 DXpedition Team

The Intrepid-DX Group is very pleased to receive a major grant of $50,000 from the Northern California DX Foundation to support our plans to activate South Sandwich and South Georgia Islands in January/February 2016. At the time of these activations, they will be the #3 and #7 most wanted entities.
It is only through the generosity of amateur organizations such as the NCDXF that we can make this Dxpedition possible. This grant by the NCDXF gives us the foundation with which we can solidify our plans and move forward with successful activations of these rare islands.
Our destination is very remote and costly to reach. Our Braveheart charter is $310,000. Our fourteen team members will contribute $210,000 towards our goal of $425,000. We are very appreciative of all of those Clubs, Associations and individuals that have supported us thus far and we welcome and appreciate each and every donation that helps us move forward with our plans.
Our objective is to be on each island for ten days with eight full days QRV. We ask each DX Club or Association to please consider supporting our efforts to make this an effective, enjoyable and safe Dxpedition for everyone!
You can view our website at http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8
Thank you,
The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team.

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9 February 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee Readers:

Press Release #3

“Dear friends of the DX Community:
 
The Intrepid-DX Group announced our plans to activate South Sandwich and South Georgia in mid-December.
 
With the activation of Navassa, these Islands become the #3 and #8 most wanted entities world-wide.
 
The activation of these two rare islands will be very expensive. The 14 team members are contributing $210,000 towards the $425,000 total cost of the DXpedition.
 
The team has a critical decision to make. We have a non-refundable deposit of $54,000 due to pay for our vessel charter.
 
We fully intend to go forward with our plans however we need indications from the global DX Community that you support our plans.
 
While we are pleased with the support of some individuals and a few clubs so far, we are now asking those of you who have not yet done so to please consider donating to our fund, or pledge a donation. We ask that the DX Clubs and Associations of the global DX community lend us their support.
 
We must feel confident that we can successfully raise enough funds for this exciting endeavor before we can commit to the non-refundable charter deposit.
 
You can see how to make a donation here: http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8/sponsors.php
 
If you cannot donate at this time, but wish to make a pledge, please let us know: intrepiddxgroup@gmail.com
 
If you wish your donation to be US tax deductible, consider making a directed donation through the Northern California DX Foundation:  www.ncdxf.org
 
Without significant support from the global DX Community, we will not be able to go forward with our plans.
 
Sincerely,”
 
The Intrepid-DX Group VP8/S and VP8/G Team
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21 January 2015

Paul N6PSE informs DxCoffee readers:

Press Release #2

The Intrepid-DX Group, led by Paul Ewing-N6PSE and David Collingham-K3LP, is pleased to announce that we have received our Landing/Camp Permit for South Sandwich and South Georgia Islands for our January 2016 DXpeditions.
South Sandwich is currently the #4 most wanted entity while South Georgia is currently the #9 most wanted entity.
We will be on each island for ten days and we plan for eight full days of radio.
At this time, we are seeking Foundation, Club and individual support to help us offset our significant costs to activate these two rare islands. Our vessel charter is in excess of $310,000 USD and our total budget is $425,000. Without significant support from the global DX Community we will not be successful in making these very rare activations.
Our primary objective is to activate South Sandwich and South Georgia with a goal of providing as many Dxers as possible a “new one” with these rare DXCC entities and, as a secondary objective; we will focus on low-band contacts. We will use proven techniques to help ensure that everyone has a fair chance to work us. We will not be using the Club Log “Leaderboard”. It is our hope that we can perform an upload to LoTW during or just after the Dxpedition.
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16 December 2014

VP8 South Sandwich Island & South Georgia Island – VIDEO

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14 December 2014
Paul N6PSE & David K3LP informs DxCoffee readers:

Press Release #1

slider1The Intrepid-DX Group, led by Paul Ewing-N6PSE and David Collingham-K3LP, is pleased to announce our next Dxpedition. In January 2016, a multi-national team of fourteen operators will converge in Stanley, the Falkland Islands and start a 34 day voyage aboard the R/V Braveheart to the #4 most wanted DXCC, South Sandwich Island and the #9 most wanted DXCC, South Georgia Island.
The team will set up and operate from each island for approximately eight days, weather and sea conditions permitting.  
Our primary objective is to activate South Sandwich and South Georgia with a goal of providing as many Dxers as possible a “new one” with these rare DXCC entities and, as a secondary objective; we will focus on low-band contacts.
The team consists of fourteen operators including:
Paul Ewing-N6PSE Co-Leader
David Collingham-K3LP Co-Leader
Bill Beyer-N2WB
Arnie Shatz-N6HC Team Physician
Dmitri Zhikharev-RA9USU
Jun Tanaka-JH4RHF
Krassimir Petkov-K1LZ
David Jorgensen-WD5COV
Al Hernandez-K3VN
Craig Thompson-K9CT
Jay Slough-K4ZLE
Kevin Rowett-K6TD
Stephen Wright-VE7CT
Mark Stennett-NA6M
The group plans to have six stations on the air from 10 through 160 meters with SSB, CW and RTTY. The radios will be the venerable Elecraft K3 while the amplifiers will be the Elecraft KPA500, 600 watt amplifiers. We will also use an Acom 1500 on the low bands. There will be low band receive antennas and every effort will be made to utilize the propagation on all bands to all population areas.
Our QSL Managers will be Bob Schenck N2OO and Steve Wheatley KU9C working with the QSL team from the South Jersey DX Association. We will have OQRS, we will accept direct and bureau QSL cards. We plan to upload our logs to Club Log on a daily basis where conditions permit. The Club Log Leaderboard feature will not be activated for this Dxpedition.
You can find out more about our plans at our website: http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8
Thank you,
Paul N6PSE
David K3LP
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2 Responses to "VP8STI & VP8SGI South Sandwich Isl. & South Georgia Isl. [Update, February 24]"

  1. Paul N6PSE says:

    Just a correction, the call sign for South Georgia Island will be VP8SGI.

  2. We’ve all heard of the wx in S,G
    Georgia in summer with fotos of Braveheart etc with sunshine aand waddling penguins …lets take a look at the GM stations who are trying to RX never mind contact them even here in Scotland
    We’ve had 2 hurricanes in the last week go through with winds to 150 kmph battering the country and 30ft waves lashing the west coast practically all who have any towers, which are down to 20ft are finding it hard to receive them.
    Myself my 3ele on 20 is now a 2 ele lost the reflector so I was up at 5am on 40m ssb
    to be told (North America only on ssb), at least I did get a 599 from the cw op,so with his good operating skills and my 40m inv vee at 16ft up a good qso was made at 05gmt on a cold winter morning, Howling,Lashing with Rain/Sleet Cold Winter morning …have a thought for the guys and lassies at the other end!!73 and safe home all Les gm3itn

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