Angels come in many forms… By N6PSE

AngelLight There has been a lot said of lately about “Angels” and their role or involvement with a Dxpedition. Some Dxpeditions have an Angel who is generously matching their donations. This is very uncommon but a very nice situation to have. Angels come in various forms and sizes. The kids at Dorothy Grant Elementary School, who recycled bottles and cans to give the Intrepid-DX Group’s VP8 Team $250 are all Angels. Their teacher and mentor, Beverly Matheson-WA6BK is an absolute Angel for stimulating the hobby of Amateur Radio at her school. A few months ago, the VP8 team put out a plea for funding so that we could obtain a BGAN terminal to upload logs during the VP8 Dxpedition. An anonymous European Angel stepped forward and generously donated the entire amount of funds necessary for this purchase. A major Dxpedition such as VP8STI/VP8SGI could not move forward without all of our Angels. Companies such as Elecraft, ICOM, SteppIR, Force 12, DX Engineering, Array Solutions, these people not only produce fine products, but they also work behind the scenes to enable well planned Dxpeditions to be well equipped and to move forward. Tim Duffy-K3LR, Mike Mertel-K7IR, Bill Hein-AA7XT, Eric Swartz-WA6HHQ and Ray Novak-N9JA are significant figures working behind the scenes to make DX happen. The people at the Northern California DX Foundation and INDEXA work tirelessly, all year to raise money in support of various Dxpeditions. Without their support, most Dxpeditions would fall well short of their needs and would not be able to move forward. Indeed, Angels come in many forms. Many DX Clubs and Associations around the country and around the globe do their part and much more to support rare DX. The German DX Foundation is always interested in supporting good projects. The Clipperton DX Club, the Chiltern DX Club, the Northern California DX Club, The Lone Star DXA, The South West Ohio DX Association and many more contribute in a big way to the success of many Dxpeditions. As we move forward with our plans to activate VP8STI/VP8SGI, I think it’s important that we look back at where we started and where we are today. Without all of our Angels, our journey would have ended long ago. Thank you to our donors, sponsors and contributors at every level. Thank you for llowing us to move our dream of activating these islands forward. Thank you for your onfidence and your support. We could not complete this effort without all of you. What do you think? Paul N6PSE

VP8STI & VP8SGI Project 2016 (Plans)

Minientrada

Equipment

We’ll be active from 10 to 160 meters (include WARC bands) with 6 stations in CW, SSB and RTTY.

TX / RX Amplifiers Antennas Others
Elecraft K3 Elecraft KPA500 Shared CW or SSB; Qty 3 radios same time:
3 el C3 Tri-bander (10,15,20) FORCE 12″
4O3A High Power Triplexer
403A High Power Band Pass Filters; 1 Set for 10, 15 & 20 Meters
Qty 1 200′ LMR 400 Coax
Qty 4, 4′ RG-8U Coax Jumpers
Qty 1 20′ Telescoping Mast
Radiosport headset
Dell Laptop PC with N1MM
CW Iambic Keyer
W3YY CW Interface
Elecraft K3 Elecraft KPA500 Shared CW or SSB; Qty 2 radios same time:
3 el C3X Dual-bander (12,17) FORCE 12″
4O3A High Power Custom Duplexer (12,17)
403A High Power Band Pass Filters; 1 Set for 12 & 17 Meters
Qty 1 200′ LMR 400 Coax
Qty 4, 4′ RG-8U Coax Jumpers
Qty 1 20′ Telescoping Mast
Radiosport headset
Dell Laptop PC with N1MM
CW Iambic Keyer
W3YY CW Interface
Elecraft K3 Elecraft KPA500 RTTY & 60 Meter Station; Qty 1 radio
3 el C3 Tri-bander (10,15,20) FORCE 12″
1/4 Wire Vertical for 60 Meters with Ground Radials
403A High Power Band Pass Filters; 1 Set for 10, 15 & 20 Meters
Qty 2 200′ LMR 400 Coax
Qty 3, 4′ RG-8U Coax Jumpers
Qty 2 20′ Telescoping Mast
Radiosport headset
Dell Laptop PC with N1MM
CW Iambic Keyer
W3YY CW Interface
RTTY interface
Elecraft K3 Elecraft KPA500 Shared CW or RTTY; Qty 1 radio:
1/4 Vertical from FORCE 12 for 30 Meters (heavy duty aluminum design)
403A High Power Band Pass Filters; 30 Meters
Qty 2 200′ LMR 400 Coax
Qty 4, 4′ RG-8U Coax Jumpers
300′ Wire Beverage
Qty 15 Ground Radials 14 awg minimum; 30 meters (23′ 1 3/4″ each – cut at 10.115 mhz)
Radiosport headset
Dell Laptop PC with N1MM
CW Iambic Keyer
W3YY CW Interface
Elecraft K3 Elecraft KPA500 Shared CW, SSB or RTTY; Qty 1 radio:
1/4 Vertical from FORCE 12 for 40 Meters (heavy duty aluminum design)
403A High Power Band Pass Filters; 40 Meters
Qty 2 200′ LMR 400 Coax
Qty 4, 4′ RG-8U Coax Jumpers
300′ Wire Beverage
Qty 15 Ground Radials 14 awg minimum; 40 meters (32′ 11 1/2″ each – cut at 7.1 mhz)
Radiosport headset
Dell Laptop PC with N1MM
CW Iambic Keyer
W3YY CW Interface
Elecraft K3 Expert 1.3K-FA (for low bands) Shared CW, SSB or RTTY; Qty 1 radio:
1/4 Verticals from FORCE 12 for 80 & 160 Meters (Bottom Coil loaded; heavy duty aluminum design)
403A High Power Band Pass Filters; 1 Set for 80 & 160 Meters
Qty 3 200′ LMR 400 Coax
Qty 4, 4′ RG-8U Coax Jumpers
300′ Wire Beverage
Qty 8 Ground Radials 14 awg minimum; 80 meters (65′ 0″ each – cut at 3.6 MHz)
Qty 8 Ground Radials 14 awg minimum; 160 meters (128′ 1 3/4″ each – cut at 1.826 MHz)
Radiosport headset
Dell Laptop PC with N1MM
CW Iambic Keyer
W3YY CW Interface
Other Items:
Qty 3 Expert 1.3K-FA Solid State Amplifiers/Tuners.
Qty 6 4KW Generators
Qty 2 Tents (24′ x 24′ Circle); 1 tent for operating and 1 tent for sleeping
Qty 6 Operating Tables
Qty 6 Operating Chairs
Qty 14 sleep cots; operators bring their own sleeping bag
Qty 1 Inmarsat BGAN Internet Terminal.

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VP8 ANTENNA DIAGRAM

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VP8 ANTENNA DIAGRAM

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VP8 CAMP LAYOUT

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VP8 STATIONS TENT LAYOUT

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VP8 30 METER ANTENNA DIAGRAM

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VP8 40 METER ANTENNA DIAGRAM

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VP8 80 METER ANTENNA DIAGRAM

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VP8 160 METER ANTENNA DIAGRAM

Band Plans

Band plan to use, to be possibe.

BAND CW SSB RTTY
160M 1.826.5
80M 3.523 3.790 3.580
40M 7.023 7.082 7.045
30M 10.105 10.142
20M 14.023 14.185 14.080
17M 18.079 18.130 18.099
15M 21.023 21.285 21.080
12M 24.894 24.944 24.912
10M 28.023 28.485 28.080

DXpedition Itinerary.

information for the VP8 Itinerary Plans.

Our plan is to voyage first to South Georgia Island. We will meet with Government representatives and have a safety and biosecurity meeting. We will then voyage South to South Sandwich, one of the harshest places on earth.

We will anchor, off load and set up camp to be there for ten days. Our goal is for eight full days of QRV. After we meet our goals, we will voyage to South Georgia Island. We will off load and set up there for a planned ten days with eight full days of QRV.

If we are delayed in getting to or leaving South Sandwich, we will sacrifice time at South Georgia to do a good job from South Sandwich. This is essentially two ten day DXpeditions to two very rare entities stitched together. We will be QRV from 10-160 meters on CW/SSB and RTTY. Let the voyage begin!

Location Map

VP8STI/VP8SGI Location Map

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Azimuthal Map

VP8STI/VP8SGI Azimuthal Map

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