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Feb 11 15 3:32 PM

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VK0EK Heard Island DXpedition'Heard Island Now The Longest Inactive Entity on the DXCC List!'

No other entity in the Top 10 lists have been inactive longer than Heard
Island! Heard Island was last activated in 1997, so that was 18 years ago.Navassa is on the air now, Bouvet was activated in 2008, North Korea in
2002, South Sandwich and South Georgia in 2002, Crozet in 2009, Scarborough Reef in 2007, Tromelin in 2014, Kingman Reef in 2000, Palmyra in 2005, Pratas in 2003, Juan de Nova/Europa in 2003.Heard Island is the "next up" as far as top 10 Most Wanted entities in
the DXCC Program's entity list. After K1N is over, Heard Island will rise
up to #4 in the DX Publications Most Wanted List – but this is of course
always subject to change due to those who participate in the poll each
year - See DXPUB_MOST_WANTED at:
http://www.dxpub.net/MOST-WANTED-SURVEY.html
And will be #5 in the Clublog Most Wanted List – and this also changes
based on those who upload their log files - See ClubLog_most_wanted at: http://www.clublog.org/mostwanted.php

The DX Publications survey was done in October, 2014, and since then,
Tromelin, and now Navassa have been activated. Only Navassa affects the Heard Island position in this survey, and in fact also in the Clublog list.While both of these "surveys" are subject to all kinds of variables,
DX-pedition leaders do look at these when considering where they might
go next – so they are useful. And they are fun for DX-ers to "dream and
scheme" as far as thinking about that next big ATNO!Richard, KY6Rvia OPDX
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May 16 15 2:46 PM

Heard Island DXpedition

 Rich, KY6R, reports: Cordell Expeditions have signed a contract with Nigel Jolly, owner and operator of the Braveheart for the expedition to Heard Island, and moved the project schedule to March-April, 2016.imageThe ship will depart from Cape Town, South Africa, proceed directly to Heard Island, and finally to Fremantle, Australia. The stay at Heard Island will be nominally March 16 - April 8, 2016.The nominal 21-day stay at Heard Island will enable amateur radio operations, using the call sign VKØEK. While the radio operation is the primary goal, the team will also carry out a limited scientific program, including a search for new species that can enhance our understanding of biodiviersity and the effects of climate change.The new contract resulted from the inability of Heritage Expeditions to deliver on its promise of providing a safe and supported operation at Heard Island using the Russian vessel Akad Shokalskiy. Obviously, the conversion to the new vessel and schedule will require adapting the team and the project activities, but the major goals of the expedition remain unchanged.We are grateful to the Northern California DX Foundation and numerous other organizations, and many, many individuals for their generous support of this project.We will update the various documents and websites in the near future, and hope that you will continue to follow the progress of the expedition.For further information, please contact the Expedition Leader, Dr. Robert Schmieder, schmieder@cordell.org.OPDX

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Feb 9 16 1:49 PM

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Heard Island DXpedition

Heard Island DXpedition on Amateur Radio Roundtable on W5KUB.COM Tues night Feb 9 at 8 PMCT (0200 UTC Wed).

Hear Dr Bob Schmeider, KK6EK fill us in on all the details.
They leave on March 1 for the 45 day dxpedition.

This show is also simulcast on International shortwave station WBCQ on 5110 Khz.

Phone lines and chat room will be open for questions.

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Mar 16 16 3:37 PM

Heard Island DXpedition news

The VK0EK team are now on their way to Heard Island.
The team left Cape Town on March 10th onboard the famous 'Braveheart' which was recently used by the VP8STI/VP8SGI team earlier this year. The voyage to Heard Island will be about 10 days.

The operators are currently active as ZL/ZS9HI/MM from Braveheart. Activity has been mainly on CW on 30/15/10 meters. Several press releases were sent out and posted on their Web page over past week detailing the VK0EK team's preparations for Heard Island. This includes many pictures being posted.

All press releases can be views at: http://vk0ek.org
The dates and titles of the press releases are as follows:

March 5th: Cape Town Preparations: Meet the Braveheart!
March 6th: Preparing the HDT Airbeam Tents
March 7th: How to Get in the VK0EK Log (Pt. 7) - How to Handle DQRM
March 7th: How Clean is Clean?
March 8th: VK0EK Passes Inspection!
March 9th: DASH! Gets Ready for the VK0EK Adventure!
March 9th: VK0EK and Some Very Cool Science!
March 9th: Loading the Braveheart
March 10th: Getting Ready to Leave
March 10th: The Braveheart is Leaving Cape Town Right Now!
March 10th: Huge Thanks to Paul, ZS1S and All ZS Hams!
March 10th: ZL/ZS9HI/MM on the Air
March 11th: Geography and Weather on the Way to Heard Island
March 11th: Band Plan and Other Odds and Ends
March 12th: DO4DXA Posts Audio of VK0EK 15M CW
March 12th: “Gentle Swells as We Track 2 Days Out of Cape Town” . . .
March 13th: ZS6BMN Reports WSPR from ZS9HI!

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Jul 20 16 1:39 AM

Heard Island Expedition Newsletter

Heard Island Expedition Newsletter

The current Heard Island Expedition Newsletter (Vol. 2, No. 6) is now
available at: http://www.heardisland.org/HD_documents/
HD_Newsletters/HD_Newsletter_02_06.pdf

This Newsletter is dated July 1, 2016. Individuals may have already
received this because they subscribed to it, or they made a donation to
the expedition, or they are a team member or a corporate sponsor, or Bob, KK6EK, just happens to know you and think you would like to have it. This issue goes to 7050 different people.

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