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Mar 4 16 3:14 AM

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Last month, we reached a milestone with the shipment of our equipment by sea which marks a real point of no return both logistical and financial support for the project.

Each element has been extensively tested in real conditions in order to overcome any bad surprise, then conditioned to simplify to the maximum installation. In total, a little more than 1200 kg of equipment are engaged in this adventure, complemented by one conveyed by the 10 operators, almost 1.5 tons. The departure for Juan de Nova is expected on 26 March. http://www.juandenovadx.com/en/equipment/

Now that we have secured the hardware side, it is imperative to make sure we keep the announced objectives:
­ Provide to the greatest number a contact with Juan de Nova, especially for an ATNO
­ Special attention to the hard-to-reach zones
­ Special efforts on the low bands
To do this we have carefully looked at the propagation conditions. These will of course be updated closer to the departure to maximize them.
For Tromelin, they had proved fairly accurate, even for short openings LP and other peculiarities. A schedule such as this one (FT4JA Planning) will be displayed in front of each station and will be the score to play for the operators. Not surprisingly, the areas under the best conditions will be Europe and Japan followed by the east coast of the US and Oceania.
To conclude, the most difficult area to work will be the west coast of the US. We will follow these schedules so as not to miss any opening, with priority for those benefiting from shorter openings. This is what we announced and this is what we will do. We rely also on the cooperation of all of you.

We invite you to send now your information to the pilot station dedicated to your area. There is still time to make the necessary adjustments. Once there, our pilots will be the only contact persons. We will be sent daily compilations of your comments to adjust our operation if need be.

Finally, let us remind you that the band plan coordinated with VK0EK is available on our website. The success of these two concurrent projects will rely on your understanding of this band plan and how you stick to it.
http://www.juandenovadx.com/en/band-plan/

Only one thing has changed since our initial announcement: we will have 7 stations instead of 6, which you will admit, is a good thing except for our sleep!

Thank you to all those who continue to support us through a donation. It is important that the mobilization continues. Remember that all donations above or equal to €/$25 will allow you to receive the QSL card direct automatically. Our efforts to reduce the budget are important. However, wishing to offer a service worthy of the event, the expenses that we face remain very high.
http://www.juandenovadx.com/en/how-to-help-us/

A forthcoming communication, a few days before departure, will detail the practical aspects, such as real-time monitoring, online log, OQRS, QSL manager. Until then, you have a few weeks to prepare your antennas and your station! We are very busy on a daily basis to deal with different topics. Stress steadily increases, but not as much as the motivation that drives our team!

73 FT4JA ­ Juan de Nova 2016
http://www.juandenovadx.com

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Mar 15 16 12:26 AM

Update: Juan de Nova 2016 DXpedition

Juan de Nova 2016 DXpedition

In a few days, the first 2 operators (F2DX & F6BEE) will head to Mayotte island.

They plan to be active between March 18th to 24th from 40 to 6m, signing FH/F2DX and FH/F6BEE. Reports are welcome to give us an idea of the propagation, which will be similar on Juan de Nova.

The 8 other operators will join them later. We are filling the suitcases
with all the sensitive equipment that has not been shipped on the crates. Each piece is carefully checked.

On the other hand, we are working on the last details. We just released
a webpage dedicated to 6m operation which gives all details for TEP and
EME contacts tentatives (Earth-Moon-Earth).

Our pilots received a bunch of reports regarding 12 & 17m RTTY frequencies. Because it was not our first aim to activate these slots, we
have decide not to work RTTY on these bands and keep the focus on 30/20/15m to maximize the number of unique callsigns worked.
The band plan has been updated.

We have just uploaded a short video called 'we are ready' with a message to the international amateur radio community.


We are preparing a communication about the QSL and logs.
These informations will be published on the website before our departure.

Get ready ! FT4JA – Juan de Nova 2016 Expedition

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Mar 21 16 2:45 PM

Juan De Nova DXpedition news

Juan De Nova DXpedition news

Operators Pat F2DX and Jacques F6BEE are now active as FH/F2DX and FH/F6BEE, respectively from Mayotte Island (AF-027) until March 24th.

They will be joined by the FT4JA Juan De Nova DXpedition team later this week. FT4JA DXpedition is expected to take place between March 29th and April 11th.

The FT4JA team announced on their Web page March 16th, the PET and a 6m EME page has just been updated and gives all the details of their operation. They show the days and hours of their attempts EME (contacts via the moon). The URL is:
http://www.juandenovadx.com/en/6m-tep-eme-plan-for-ft4ja

To stay current with the FT4JA news, watch: http://www.juandenovadx.com

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