2022 brought an increase in interesting DXpeditions and an increase in sunspots. Smoothed sunspot numbers went from a low of 1.8 in 2020 to a high of 77 in May 2022. The predicted peak of Cycle 25 is in 2025. In 2022 we saw DXpeditions to TO9W, T88RC, 3D2AGP, 7O, YJ0, 5V7, JW, 6O1, 3A, D60, TX5N, and VU4W.
2022 is expected to bring only one top ten most wanted DXpedition – FT5/W Crozet. Thierry, F6CUK, will start operation on December 20th. He will only be able to operate HF thru January 26, 2023. NCDXF provided funding for this operation.
For 2023, the most anticipated DXpedition is 3Y0J – Bouvet – https://www.3y0j.no. NCDXF provided major funding. We reviewed their plans and are impressed. Since funding, the team’s plans and preparation have accelerated. Their media posts and web pages provide much detail. Presently, the team plans to start operation in early January 2023. As always, more donations to the project are needed. Please visit their web page and follow the instructions to make a donation.
Also in 2023, the DXpedition to Sable Island, CY0C, will begin on March 20, 2023. NCDXF originally funded this operation in 2020.
We continue to hear about planning for other DXpeditions in 2023. The Visalia International DX Convention (IDXC) did not happen for 2022. We did see the return of Hamvention and Friedrichshafen. The Visalia IDXC is well into the development and deployment phases for 2023 – http://www.dxconvention.com. If you haven’t already, please register and complete your plans to attend. I would love to get a chance to bump fists in person with each of you. We expect to see the return of many more of our favorite DX conventions in 2023.
Infrastructure improvements continued for NCDXF in 2022. The Radio in a Box (RiB) project saw continued testing and improvement while in use at C6AGU. We anticipate that RiBs will be used extensively for Pacific Islands DXpeditions in 2023 and 2024. We have also provided a low band antenna to 3B9FR. Rob is a resident of 3B9 and is now working to emphasize activity on the lower bands. The IARU International Beacon Project continues in operation, with repairs as needed.
NCDXF celebrated 50 years of granting and supporting DXpeditions in 2022. We continue in our mission to fund and support well-organized DXpeditions to desirable DXCC entities. Another part of our mission is to support the advancement in DXpeditioning skills, technology, and infrastructure. We appreciate your continued support and donations.
Please consider a contribution to NCDXF when you plan your year-end giving. Contributions can easily be made online via a credit card or PayPal, using our secure web server: http://www.ncdxf.org/pages/contribute.html. NCDXF is a 501(c)(3) entity. For U.S. amateurs, contributions may be tax-deductible. Also, please consider NCDXF for your IRA RMD designation and your estate planning. We, and the DX community at large, will be most grateful for your contributions.
Have a very joyous holiday season, thanks for your continued support, and I am looking forward to seeing you in 2023!