Further to the info below, Jacek has now been issued with the callsigns FO/SP5EAQ (main activity) and TX5AQ (CQWW WPX contest activity) for his month long QRV from Ramitara Island, OC-050. Website
[DECEMBER 3, 2021] Jacek, SP5EAQ recently got in touch and we publish his info in full:
In over 10 years I have organized many dxpeditions to the South Pacific (some of them were for one person, belonging to the class of so-called suitcase dxpeditions).
Unfortunately, the pandemic resulted in a significant decline in the activity of rare DXCC entities.
This phenomenon was also influenced by the low activity of the Sun in recent years and the related difficult propagation on higher bands.
The severe decline in the number of DX stations working on SSB, related to the advancement of digital technology, was an additional obstacle for Phone-only amateurs.
Organization of any dxpedition in conditions of COVID-related threats is associated with high uncertainty and financial risk.
However, I decided to take the necessary steps to activate the Rimatara Island (Australs, French Polynesia, IOTA OC-050) for the whole of March 2022. This will be an SSB activity on the HF bands.
If the circumstances of the pandemic do not allow for departure, I will try to postpone it to a later period, if it is financially and organizational possible.
See you in the pileup!
Jacek, SP5EAQ – (ex VK9NE, T2AQ, E51EAQ, ZK3Q, 5W0AF, A3EAQ, T30AQ, 3D2MJ, ZL7/SP5EAQ, and ZA/SP5EAQ)