Amsterdam Island FT5ZM DXpedition Preparations Moving Forward
The Amsterdam Island DXpedition team has made “significant progress” in the past couple of months in preparation for its January 2014 DXpedition, the team reported in a news release July 27. Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Amsterdam and St Paul Islands is the seventh most-wanted DXCC entity, according to Clublog. The news release says the team has begun receiving supplies and equipment at its Atlanta staging area, with antennas expected to arrive in the next few weeks. Computer and networking plans are underway, and a terrain analysis has been completed. The team reports it has prepared more than 10,000 feet of radials for low-band antennas, and plans for several low-band receiving systems are also complete. “Our team will become a real part of the small community on Amsterdam Island,” the DXpedition’s news release says. The team remains shy of its fundraising goal. “At this time we are about two-thirds of the way to our goal,” the team announced. “This is of some concern.” More information on the Amsterdam Island DXpedition budget and other information is available on the Amsterdam Island FT5DX website. The ARRL has made a Colvin Award grant to help support the Amsterdam Island DXpedition.