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DXpeditions Target Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

08/12/2013

Separate DXpeditions this fall and winter will make Saint Vincent and the Grenadines more available for DXers.

The first — and larger — J88HL DXpedition is planned for November 17-29 by seven operators from Poland — SP2EBG, SP3CYY, SP3GEM, SP6EQZ, SP6IXF, SP9FOW and SP9PT. They’ll be using K3s and TS-590s with 700 W solid-state amps. Antennas will include verticals, phased arrays, Spiderbeams and Yagis.

While considering possible destinations, they noticed that J8 — which is the 116th most-wanted DXCC entity, according to the ClubLog DXCC Most Wanted List. — hasn’t seen a major DXpedition in recent years. Not only that, it’s easy to reach, easy to get licensed and is a beautiful place. SP6EQZ says this is will not be a “holiday operation” but a dedicated radio activity on all HF bands, a serious effort on 160 and some operation on 6 meters.

They plan ClubLog uploads in near real time. At least three stations will be on the air 24 hours a day on CW, SSB and RTTY. The team says one operator will “possibly” participate in the CQ World Wide DX CW in a single-operator category, while the others will operate outside the contest. QSL direct or via the bureau.

February 10-17 will see the Caribbean Buddies DX Group “enduring the hardships of DXing from Isis Villa on Bequia.” The villa is at the highest point on Bequia, and takeoff angles should favor all parts of the world. This will be a lower-key “suitcase” DXpedition with Buddipole antennas and wires and 100 W transceivers — the group’s equipment complement of choice. J88EA is a possible call sign. — Thanks to The Daily DX



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