Copied from http://www.qsl.net/oh2br/redesigned by PA0ABMWhy Pitcairn?When my plans to visit Pitcairn island for a DXpedition were published a US ham sent an e-mail to me just asking this question: Why Pitcairn? He probably meant that nobody should go on a serious DXpedition to such a semi-rare country as Pitcairn is - at least for non-Europeans. I shall try to answer that question now.Planning the VP6BR Pitcairn DXpedition has gone through many stages. As long as I remember, to visit Pitcairn Island and operate an amateur radio station there has been my dream. The main reason for this dream is the fact that Pitcairn is the most distant permanently inhabited place looking from Finland. Accordingly, a QSO between Pitcairn and Finland is not a commonplace event. Earlier, in Finland we believed that Mexico is a 'black hole' for us and a QSO is next to impossible. Now things have changed and the most elusive DXCC entity from a Finnish point of view is, in my opinion, Pitcairn Island. Morover, the Pitcairn island group includes two rare IOTA countries, namely Henderson and Ducie.I earned my licence in 1960 but my first QSO with Pitcairn was established only in 1970 with Tom, then VR6TC, on 20 m SSB. In 1979 I worked the DXpedition station VR6HI on 15 m CW but never found out who the operator was as I did not get the QSL card. HAM stamps series from the Pitcairn Bicentennial. In 1987 I was lucky to have a QSO with Tom's XYL Betty, VR6YL, on 20 m CW. After that, I have only once heard a signal from Pitcairn, when Betty was calling CQ on 40 SSB some five years ago. Unfortunately, southern Europe was having better propagation so a QSO between us did not take place.In the end of April 1999 with Russian trade - my bread and butter - being at a very low level I decided that now it must be the perfect time for a DXpedition to Pitcairn. I had studied the Pitcairn web pages so I roughly knew where I was heading. I faxed a letter to Tom and Betty - who else - asking if they would care to have me as their guest and let me do some serious DXing. To be sure that they had received my letter I phoned via INMARSAT and had a short but warm conversation with Betty who confirmed that they will discuss my proposed visit with Tom and let me know in due time. Sure enough, their letter with a positive reply arrived after a month through Howie WA6TUJ, who has regular skeds with Tom on 15 m.As Tom had advised me to contact the Commissioner for the Pitcarn Islands, Mr. Leon Salt in Auckland NZ, I soon had all the details how to apply for the Licence to Land and Reside on Pitcairn. I also received the Notes for Visitors and an Island Council Questionnaire to be filled, too.In the beginning of August I was ready to send in my application and two character references required to be attached to it. A prompt reply by e-mail from Mr. Salt confirmed that he had found my application to meet their standards and had reserved the requested call sign VP6BR - I just love my suffix Bravo Radio - for me to be picked up at my arrival in Auckland. He even told that VR6BR had been assigned to Betty Rauch but she had never that call sign reissued as VP6BR so it was free, but perhaps I should like VP6OH better! Now this was the most considerate reply from a government official I have ever seen. Mr. Salt also put me on their list for the first ship in the New Year 2000. Another e-mail soon after that told me that the Pitcairn Council had approved my application and in his reply, the Island Magistrate has confirmed that I shall be accommodated with Tom and Betty Christian.At that moment I knew that my dream could be true - to visit the most desolate but still inhabited island on the face of the Earth, meet some of my dearest DX friends and be the hunted DX myself! All these reasons are quite enough for me to give a very positive and firm answer to the question made earlier. Why Pitcairn? Because Pitcairn IS!And finallyThe planned three to four months duration of the VP6BR DXpedition allows everybody to work VP6BR on all bands from 6 to 160 within the propagation and on all modes - CW, SSB and digital. Therefore, there is a good reason to stay calm at all situations. If you did not work VP6BR today, tomorrow is a new day! Study the operating pattern of VP6BR and follow my orders and you will eventually be in the log.