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FANTASTIC. Bob and his teams always put on excellent DX-peditions.
I know that it was always your wish to go Heard again. I am very happy to hear this good news. Good luck with the DXpedition.
Alveena and me will see you before, that’s for sure.
73 de Gary, DF2RG
That’s great news from Bob and his team. Good luck with the preparations and make sure it’s going to be a safe trip.
I just hold the 1997 VK0IR QSL in my hands, I had the pleasure to work them with my ex-call DF6VI, this is already 15 years ago, about 10 years ago I moved to Austria and never heard VK0 Heard Island again, really looking forward to this DXpedition.
GOOD LUCK! 73 Jo OE4VIE
I also looking forward to hear you on 1 Band in SSB hope for a “New One” on the bands.
Good Luck for the DX Pedition and please also listen for week signals.
73´s OE7PGI Philipp
Great to hear that plans are running smoothly.
There will be two major DXpeditions runned by Cordell Expadition team in near future. 2013 Clipperton and 2014 Heard. Looking for both of these as all time new ones. GL and hopefully I’ll manage my way into the logs.
73′s de Ville OH5RF
Great to hear that this DXpedition will/is going ahead and will give me an opportunity to work such a unique island such as Heard. Please listen for the /Pedestrian Mobile group on the northwest coast of England when operating 14MHz SSB. TNX
73′s & Good Luck
de Ian 2E0EDX/PM
This should be an outstanding Dxpedition. I’ve also heard Bob does a wonderful job and this will be no exception. Also kudos to KY6R, Rich. He always supplies us with the best propagation information possible. Looking forward to working Heard Is in 2014.
Last time Heard Island was activated ,my dear Dad passed away and I did not have the opportunity to work them then.
SO I am very pleased and look forward to hearing you guys.
It is one of the last DX I need.
Although I’ve been licensed for 55 years, I’ve always missed the previous expeditions to Heard for various reasons (trying to make a living….etc).
This is one of three I need to have them all. I was really looking forward to the 2014 expedition and am sorry to hear of the delay. But a safe journey is more important, I’ll just have to stick around a while longer.
Missed last pediton. I was in Ivory Coast as TU4SR. Fortumately need that only on low bands, because in Jan. 2015 sunspot max. is over and in mid winter high bands would be closed in Northern Scandinavia.
Wonderful news,I still need that one.
I wonder if anybody knows how they doing trying to reach their financial goals?
I know KY6R is working very hard to try to find solutions to raise enough money to make the trip a reality.
The costs of an expedition to a place like Heard have risen dramatically and this is only a proposed trip.
Without enough financial support it will not happen.
Excellent expedition i,m sure Congratulations probably Expedition of the year
Fantastic news, one of the last few DXCC I need to complete all. Bob and his team always produce the goods, great Ops….good luck guys!
Thanks Chris – NU1O. Yes, its a big challenge, and we will be issuing news updates as we go, and provide more detail on the web site in the coming months.
I’m very pleased to see this positive support, and I thank you for your comments.
Some of you have asked how this is going to be financed. The short story is that the DXpedition will be embedded within a larger scientific expedition (explained in the announcement above). In the face of nearly impossible costs for a radio-only DXpedition, my strategy is to seek support for the larger project, one that can attract sponsors based on the scientific activities. The costs of transportation and facilities can be shared, hence make it possible for both the radio operations (which we call “Communications”) and the other activities, when neither alone could find the resources. I had hoped that the Australian Antarctic Division would collaborate on the project, but they are unable to do so, leaving it to us to do a private expedition, as we did in 1997. The situation now is that the cost of transportation has made a project like that one nearly impossible.
At this point we are working to obtain commitments of participants and sponsors. We should have a good idea in a few months whether we will have enough to carry it out in 2015 as planned. If the scientific sponsorship takes longer than expected, it may be necessary to delay the expedition to Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016. If this happens, I hope you’ll continue your support and patience. There is some tradition, after all, for these very difficult DXpeditions: VKÃ˜IR and 3YÃ˜X, and some others, were delayed 3 years but eventually they were carried out superbly. If it were easy, it would have been done long ago by somebody smart!
Finally, we are in the process of making final selections for the radio team. If you, or anyone you know, wants to consider being on the team, I invite you to contact me or Rich KY6R. We have a strong preference for people with previous Antarctic DXpedition experience, but even more important is the ability to take the time and meet the expense. The voyage will be 50 days total, including 30 days on the island with continuous offshore ship and helicopter support, and you should think of expenses around $20k. Obviously it will be a big, expensive effort, but I guarantee it will be the adventure of a lifetime, and it probably will change your life. I might add that not only will you be able to work the pileups, but you can also contribute to the search for unknown life forms and new species, if you wish.
Comments or questions on this blog (or directly to me or Rich) are appreciated. In the meantime, we all wish the FT5ZM team good luck!
Hi there Schmiederbob,
Looks like you finally will be getting there (again). Please keep one of your 1997 VK0IR op’s in mind. After having been given out so many contacts on 160 and 80m, I really would like to get Heard myself on 160 and 80. So DON’T FORGET 1) to put up a BCS again. This was THE best antenna for 160/80 while we were down there, and 2) to put a good low band op on those 2 bands, and 3) Was nice seeing you again in F’hafen and don’t forget to reply my email(s), hihi! … and finally, 4) say hello to the many kings, rockhoppers, macaronis, gentoos (=pinguins) and our friend the sheet bill. Merry Xmas and Happy NY to you, DX World and all its readers. 73, Ghis-ON5NT (one of the 1997 VK0IR op’s)
Great. BUT please ,and I am sure you do,,,, remember to try daily on both 28 mc and 24 mc, as its very much needed on these bands. And
I think, we have a good possibility to work you on these bands even in January. Its about 140 degrees from here, and there will still be some parts left of this sunspot activity,,,,we hope. Anyway great news and will try to work you ONLY on 28 and 24 mc,,,,All the other bands are confirmed,,,73 and Merry xmas and Happy 2014. Hans SM6CVX
ON5NT hopes you will be toying with Battle Creek Special (BCS).
I would be planning kite lifted 3 element vertical yagi on 160M and 80M.
Any portable operation is chance to setup monster antenna in wide open spaces.
Perhaps team should look for people with portable operations experience.
If you go portable 50 times a year you learn many tricks.
still a lot of work to do before departing.
So they switched ships to the Agulhas ?
Website design and logo are very well done. Looks great!
Thanks so much for the kind words and support. We expect to be announcing several bits of very interesting news in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to VK0EK.ORG – all news will be posted there as soon as it breaks!
Best of luck!
Awesome, and don’t forget the Southwest US prop will be much stronger long path at that time of year.
OUTSTANDING. Last time in 1997 was a smashing success, but I was not on the air during that trip. Hope to work them this time, and I will be making a donation (anything to the roaring 40′s area is rare and most expensive). Sure wish I could go,but it’s not time yet to hang up the working boots.
Wish you all the best.
Under this leadership and team, this should be an incredible success. Everyone please donate what you can to offset their costs, GL team
The preparation for this expedition has certainly had its share of ups and downs, but with Wayne and Martti at the helm I believe we will see things quickly move forward. Hopefully there will still be some propagation left in the higher bands by 2016!
Good luck, team!
Great news, cul 73
I’ve been waiting for good news regarding the Heard island expedition! I surely do hope things will stay on track, hopefully the formal agreement will be made soon!
The progress you’ve announced today (9/29/14) is wonderful news for the team and the international ham radio community. Adding Kerguelen Island is truly remarkable and I am hopeful that you’ll be able to make that a reality. My donation to you is without reservation and I hope that everyone else will support your efforts also.
GL, Gary K3FGO
Thank you Gary. Stay tuned – things are really taking off now – and you will see regular communications from now until we leave.
Hopefully NCDXF’s action will act as a “seal of approval” and gig up some more donations, I wonder if the “Angel” matching will be extended?
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