VP8SGI/VP8STI News from Paul @N6PSE

The Intrepid DX Group is pleased to announce that all of our plans are moving forward very well. We are testing and re-testing our gear one last time before it goes into a container next week and makes its voyage to meet the RV Braveheart in New Zealand.

This will be a “Pure DX” event. We have assembled a team of World-Class experienced operators, including two DX Hall of Fame members. We are not doing any mountain climbing, creature collection or software development. Our focus is on getting you in our logs!

At this time, we wish to announce that we are adding 6 meters as well as 60 meters to our plans. We will make a solid effort to be QRV and to give out contacts on these bands as well as 10-160 meters.

We wish to clarify our operating strategy. We will be QRV on 6- 160 meters and we invite you to work us on all bands and modes. We will also select a band that is propagating for the most hours of the day, and we will be QRV on that band for the duration of our activity.

This is a means to increase the number of unique call signs in our logs and to give everyone a chance to work us.

Our goal is to conduct two 8-10 day DXpeditions to each of these top ten entities. To effectively do that, we need your support.

The fourteen members of the VP8STI/VP8SGI team have committed to paying $210,000 of the $425,000 needed to carry out this

DXpedition. To date, we have raised $315,000 which includes our team contribution. We still have a significant deficit of $110,000.

The VP8STI/VP8SGI team needs the support of the worldwide DX Community to help us make this DXpedition a success.

While donations from North America were strong initially, we would greatly appreciate more support from North America, Europe,

Asia, South America and the Middle East. To date, our donations by continent are as follows:

North America Clubs & Foundations: 84% ;

Europe: 13% ;

Asia: 3% ;

Middle East & Africa: 0%;

South America: 0% and

Oceania: 0%

Japan will be our most challenging area to work and we are fully committed to make a major effort to work all regions of the globe.

So, please consider a generous contribution to this project. To have your club or organization’s logo included with the QSL card, please contribute $250 or more. Individual contributions of $150 or more will be listed with the QSL card. All donors of $25 or more will receive an early LoTW upload. Everyone who supports the DXpedition will be listed and properly recognized on our website.

We encourage you to visit our website (www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8) and donate via the PayPal link. It’s easy and free to donate.

Alternatively, you can mail a check or money order to the address listed below:

Payable to:

Intrepid-DX Group

C/O David Jorgensen-WD5COV, CFO/Treasurer

18645 Cortez Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030 USA

Thank you,

The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team