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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB092 (1996)

ARLB092 ARRL Colvin grant to Heard Island DXpedition

ARRL Bulletin 92  ARLB092
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  December 13, 1996
To all radio amateurs

ARLB092 ARRL Colvin grant to Heard Island DXpedition

The ARRL Colvin Award Grants Committee has authorized a grant of
5000 dollar(s) to the 1997 Heard Island DXpedition.  The DXpedition team,
operating as VK0IR, hopes to activate this rarely visited, remote
location during January and February 1997.  Heard Island, a
territory of Australia, is located in the South Indian Ocean.  The
team says its activities will involve natural science research
(specifically, a study of cryptofauna) as well as ham radio
operations and ''radio science.''  The cost of the entire expedition
has been estimated at 320,000 dollar(s).

The DXpedition will cover five weeks in January and February.  The
team is scheduled to depart Reunion Island on January 3, 1997, and
return on February 5.  Approximately two weeks will be spent on
Heard Island, and brief visits to Crozet and Kerguelen Islands also
are planned.  A team of 20 hams, supported by about a dozen others,
has been assembled for the expedition.

The Colvin Award is conferred by the League in the form of grants in
support of Amateur Radio projects that promote international
goodwill in the field of DX. It is funded by income from an
endowment established by the late Lloyd Colvin, W6KG.

The Heard Island grant is the second Colvin Award to be bestowed by
the ARRL.  The first was made earlier in 1996 to the organizers of
the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC).  For more information
on the Heard Island DXpedition, set your browser to on the World Wide Web.