F5UFX, Team Leader for Juan de Nova 2016 reports the following: We are proud and happy to announce that our team was allowed to go on the island of Juan de Nova in March 2016.
Juan de Nova and Europa are one DXCC entity. They have been on the air in the past mainly by weather forecast staff as part of their professional duties. Since the automation of weather stations and the gradual disappearance of amateur radio in the military stationed on the Scattered Islands, no activity was carried out. The last DXpedition from Juan de Nova was in 2003, when a military team made 34,000 contacts as TO4E/TO4WW from Europa. For Juan de Nova, one must go back to the 80s for the last true DXpedition. Demand is important, regardless of band or mode.
Access to the islands is extremely limited and subject to prior approval of TAAF. These territories are sensitive and protected areas.
After a positive experience on Tromelin, the administration has renewed their confidence for us to lead this project. Protective measures of the fauna and flora introduced on Tromelin will be continued so radio activity and protected animal species can live together harmoniously.
The project: Exact conditions and dates still need to be tweaked, but the main lines are already defined and validated. Taking into account all the constraints and imperatives, a team of 10 will be allowed for a period of 15 days. Our experience on Tromelin allows us to see the things we clearly can reproduce and areas for improvement, taking into account the specific characteristics of the site and the restrictions imposed. We will need to consider the environmental impact of our activity and ensure strict compliance of instructions. Again, we will make every effort to allow a maximum of radio amateurs around the world to contact Juan de Nova. Special attention will be given to the most difficult areas and to the low bands, especially underutilized in previous DXpeditions.
Like on Tromelin, we know success can only be achieved by a small group with a very strong cohesion and shared past experiences.
This group is already made. You’ll find out soon on our website and the names/callsigns will be very familiar to you.
Budget / Sponsoring: During the period from late 2015 to early 2016, many projects for Top 10 DXCC countries have been announced.
Let’s hope that all will be completed. This means that overall more funding will be needed in a short period of time.
The budget for this work is relatively large and greater than the one needed for FT4TA. Although some aspects are facilitated by the ability to dock with a boat, other constraints make things more complicated and therefore more expensive. Initial projections give an estimated budget of
$130,000 from Mayotte. Despite our optimization efforts, some items of expenditure are incompressible.
To carry out this project, we ask the entire community to renew their confidence by giving us their support, mainly financial. Many clubs, foundations and associations were with us in 2014 to achieve FT4TA. We hope that these generous sponsors can renew their efforts with this project.
“Juan de Nova 2016″ is officially launched and now depends on the support of all. You can trust us to carry out this operation with all seriousness and the necessary rigor.
For more, see: www.juandenovadx.com/en/