By F4BKV (www.f4bkv.net )The 2012 VP6T DXpeditionAfter their successful operation from French Polynesia in February 2010 as TX4T, three of the four operators, joined by two new operators, are pleased to announce a new major DXpedition to CQ Zone 32 and to the famous and mythical Pitcairn Island in the heart of the Pacific OceanThis DX operation from Pitcairn has a target of more than 30,000 QSOs. With good propagation forecast for early 2012, efforts will be made to give this extremely rare entity to deserving DXers on as many bands as possible, but especially on the low bands. The rarity of VP6 ensures that all operators will be kept fully occupied during our nine full days on the island. We will be travelling there by boat. We are planning to have three stations active round-the-clock.Travelling to Pitcairn is not easy. There are only limited travel opportunities to get there. January has been chosen as the optimum time for HF propagation to the major centers of amateur radio activity, at the heart of winter in the Northern hemisphere.VP6T on the air !January 18th, 2012Some VP6T ops arrived safely in Tahiti. Don’t miss the photos with local Tahitian hams.According to their Pitcairn host (Andy Christian) the VP6T team should arrive on the island tomorrow, Thursday, Jan 19th !They should leave Mangareva Tuesday afternoon. Flight arrives in Mangareva at 11am, cross the lagoon to the main island, get cleared and processed by customs, then they should get a chance to strech their legs after the 5 hour flight from Tahiti.January 21st, 2012The title says it all: VP6T IS NOW ON THE AIR !News from Pitcairn Isl.January 22nd, 2012All five VP6T operators arrived safely on Pitcairn at around 1700z [9am local] on Friday 20 January after the three days sail from Mangareva in French Polynesia. Following several hours of frenetic work installing the various antennas, VP6T became operational on eight bands at around 0500z [9pm local] on Saturday 21 January. During the first night’s operation some 4,000 QSOs were made. VP6T logs are being uploaded regularly to both ClubLog and LoTW. Work continues on finalising the Topband antenna system. Meanwhile VP6T is fully operational on 80m-10m and enjoying the pile-ups. 73 de VP6T teamJanuary 23rd, 2012The five VP6T operators are now in full DX-pedition operating mode: i.e making QSOs, having a quick bite to eat, then making more QSOs, then having a quick snooze before making yet more QSOs. There are up to four stations on the air at any one time, however with just five operators it’s not easy to keep them all fully manned all the time.Today (Monday 23 January) is a national holiday on Pitcairn. It’s called Bounty Day. The five VP6T operators will be taking part in the celebrations on Monday evening local-time [and hence expect to be QRT from about 01z to 05z on Tuesday 24 January].VP6T logs with over 14,000 QSOs have already been loaded to both ClubLog and LoTW.January 27th, 2012We are now about half way through the VP6T Pitcairn operation. The exact close-down time will depend on the weather forecast for the three-day sail from Pitcairn back to Mangareva in French Polynesia. But at a guess, we’ll probably be starting to pack up in the morning (local time, i.e around 1700z) on Thursday Feb 2.The 34,800 VP6T QSOs made so far have all been up-loaded regularly to both ClubLog and LoTW. It’s interesting to see that the “QSL” percentage on LoTW is well over 25% within a few hours of each up-load. The LoTW up-load process itself has speeded up massively of late. It now only takes a minute or so for our daily batch of 5,000 QSOs to up-load.Jacques F6BEE, Michel FM5CD, Vincent F4BKV and Gilles VE2TZT are all making huge efforts on both 80m and 160m. However, sadly (apart from the first night) Top Band has been very frustrating with only a handful of European QSOs. But they will keep trying every night!Meanwhile we have located the old 5-el 50 MHz beam left behind on Pitcairn by Jukka OH2BR (VP6BR) and we will be trying to make a few contacts on Six if time and conditions allow. Please do not bombard us with E-mail requests for 6m skeds — our main focus remains in maximising the number Pitcairn QSOs we can hand out on the nine HF Bands!VP6T going QRT at 1700z on Wednesday 1 Feb.February 1st, 2012After 11.5 days of continuous operation the VP6T Pitcairn DX-pedition will now go QRT at around 17z on Wednesday 1 February. This is one day earlier than previously expected. Our skipper has advised that it would be better to set sail from Pitcairn earlier in order to avoid the deteriorating weather expected on the three-day sail back to Mangareva (FO). There will be no 160m during the final night of operation.Logs with 53,400 QSOs have been loaded to both ClubLog and LoTW. We hope to make the final log uploads before setting sail.Wednesday 8 February 2012February 9th, 2012 Just one week after the end of the VP6T Pitcairn DX-pedition over 23,000 QSOs [41%]of the 56,300 QSO total have already been “QSLed” on LoTW.If you would still like a Direct QSL or a Bureau QSL you can now request them viathe OQRS facility on ClubLog. Go to ClubLog. Find your QSOs, and press “RequestQSL”.QSL cards can also be requested in the traditional way (letter for Direct or E-mailfor Bureau) via the QSL Manager : Nigel G3TXF.However if you have already received your LoTW “QSLs” and do not specificallyrequire a traditional paper QSL, you are still welcome to make a small “thank you”donation to the VP6T operation via the VP6T web-site donate button.Additional photos will be posted on this web site once the team is back home.73 The VP6T Team;Jacques F6BEE, Vincent F4BKV, Michel FM5CD, Gilles VE2TZT and Nigel G3TXFA man should keep his friendship in constant repair (Samuel Johnson (1755).
REMARKSOn the QSL card the website for additional info is shown wrong. It has to be www.f4bkv.net/vp6t/On the site of Nigel, G3TXF, you can find more info about this VP6T DXpedition