News from the Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team….

Posted: May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized


The Intrepid DX Group’s VP8SGI/VP8STI team is pleased to announce our operating strategy which will allow us to work as many unique callers as possible during each of these activations.

During our voyage to South Sandwich, which is the first island that we will activate, we will use our newly donated BGAN terminal to access solar data. We will also check in with our US, EU and JA Pilots to determine which bands are currently propagating well. We will then select a band; possibly 20, 17 or 15 meters and we will be QRV with one station on this band for the duration of the Dxpedition. This will give everyone a chance to work us at least once on the selected band.

In addition, during our final 24 hours of QRV from each island, we will announce and only accept contacts from new-first time stations on this selected band. Those chasing band slots can work us 10-160 meters on the other bands; however we feel that it is of critical importance that our primary strategy includes a means for everyone to make at least one contact with these rare islands.

We are pleased to announce our “Early Donor” program for donations prior to departure to the Islands.

For all donations of $25 or more, we will perform an early LoTW upload and we will include all $25 or more donors in the first batch of QSL processing. Our OQRS will be live during the Dxpedition. Direct QSL cards and bureau QSL cards will be processed last.

Our plans are moving forward in all aspects. We are about to make our second installment of $113,000 to the Braveheart. The Dxpedition Team has committed to paying half the costs of this Dxpedition and our Team’s contribution is $210,000.

To date, we have raised $105,000 towards our goal of raising $215,000. This puts us at 47% of our target. We would welcome additional support from the many DX Clubs around the globe.

At the time of our activations, South Sandwich will be the #3 most wanted entity, while South Georgia will be the #7 most wanted DXCC entity.

All information about our plans can be found on our website:

Lastly, many of the VP8STI/VP8SGI Team members will be attending the 2015 Hamvention this weekend in Dayton, Ohio. We look forward to meeting and sharing our plans with everyone interested in VP8STI/VP8SGI.

Thank you,

The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team

  1. w9rpm says:

    I can understand that. But when hoping to pick up 5 band fills towards the DXCC Challenge Award, it kind of stings.Was hoping that VP8/S would get me to almost 3000. HI HI

  2. n6pse says:

    Hello John-W9RPM, you should have no problem getting 5 band fills from both Islands. Just know that on the last day, the selected band, when announced will be for stations seeking their first contact. So if that band is 20 metes or 15 meters, work the band on the 1-7th day and you should be able to get them all. Does that help clarify?

    Paul N6PSE

  3. Roger says:

    I need South Sandwich for an ATNO. So I’ll be looking for you. As a bonus maybe I’ll be able to contact you on other band/modes. 73

    Roger K5RKS Oklahoma City

  4. Jerry WB9Z says:

    Very impressive amount of equipment Paul & Dave. You have the best boat crew in ham radio to get it all ashore and in place. As you already know Matt Jolly and his team are World Class and they will do their very best to make sure everyone stays safe. Best of luck to all the team for a safe and very successful dual DXpedition. I need VP8S on 160 and I am very much hoping for that… and RTTY from both locations…. 73 Jerry WB9Z & Valerie NV9L

  5. n6pse says:

    Jerry, we really appreciate all the support that you and Val have provided to us! We can’t wait to work you on top band, K3LP/K1LZ has phased 68′ verticals in those crates. TU for your friendship, Paul N6PSE

  6. Congratulations my friend to you and the team for putting on a great DXpedition. This was well deserved.
    73 de Bill, N6BM

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