The team is still very busy preparing the equipment for a shipment in November. This is what changed or happened during the last weeks:
Unfortunately Jan, DJ8NK and Martti, OH2BH had to withdraw but we were fortune to complete the team with some very skilled operators. These are Ben - DL6FBL, Tonno – ES5TV, Harry – RA3AUU and Cliff – SV1JG. So here is the list of people who will head out to Ducie in February 2008 and give you this rare one: DL3DXX, DL6FBL, DL6LAU, DL8LAS, ES5TV, K3NA, N5IA, RA3AUU, SP3DOI, SP5XVY, SV1JG, UA3AB and WA6CDR.
We are eagerly waiting to give the Elecraft K3s the real test on Ducie. ACOM amps are already packed, microHAM micro Keyer II for all stations should arrive soon and will be used between the radios and the PCs. The new YT6A high-power band pass filters after each amplifier should help to reduce interference between stations even more.
Donations prior to our departure are very important for us because basically all of the expenses (Braveheart charter and container shipment) have to be paid way before we actually depart and the team members already paid what I would call a more than adequate share. Each of them put in US$ 6.200,- and will pay the own transportation by air to Mangareva (FO).
We are deeply grateful to the NCDXF, who contributed US$ 20.000,- towards the costs. Without NCDXF it would be hardly possible to run a expedition like VP6DX. Please consider joining NCDXF and become a contributor to NCDXF in it's 35th year as a premier sponsor of expeditions and the Beacon system. A big thank you also goes to the individuals who already send in a donation. Even with the generous donations received so far and the contribution of the team members we are still lacking about US$ 50.000,- as of September 21st. We again would kindly ask you to check, if you could help too. Details on how you can help can be found in the ‘How To Help’ section.
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During the next weeks we will be busy to build the remaining antennas and prepare the container shipment with radios, amplifiers, antennas, generators and the like.73sss in behalf of the VP6DX team
Carsten, DL6LAU - Teamleader