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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Amsterdam Island DXpedition

Ralph Fedor, K0IR, sent out the following on April 3rd, to the 'The DX Community' [edited]:

"I am pleased to announce a major DXpedition scheduled to occur during January and February of 2014.

An international team of 14 experienced DXpedition operators, led by
K0IR, will depart from Fremantle, Australia, in early January of 2014.
Their destination will be Amsterdam Island (FT5Z).

Amsterdam Island is under the administration of Terres Australes et
Antarctiques Francaises (TAAF). There are strict rules and environmental
regulations in place on Amsterdam Island and access is limited. Representatives of this DXpedition team met with TAAF officials on Reunion Island in November and in Paris in early March. The team's plan and credentials were reviewed at those meetings, and resulted in TAAF's final, written authorization to land on Amsterdam Island and conduct this DXpedition. The team has been granted an 18 day access to the island to occur between the dates of January 15th and February 20th of 2014.

The team will sail from Fremantle, Australia aboard the MV Braveheart.
The voyage to Amsterdam Island will take them through the 'roaring 40s'
of the Indian Ocean and last about 8 days, depending on the wind and
weather. TAAF has reviewed the Braveheart's specifications, environmental precautions, and emergency response plan and has designated anchorage conditions for the vessel. Landing at Amsterdam must be timed according to sea conditions as there is no natural harbor to shield the landing area from the open sea. This may necessitate waiting off shore until the sea conditions are suitable. But, our 18 day window does not start until we step onto the island.

Once ashore, the team will move to two station positions assigned by
TAAF. The two locations are about 2 kilometers apart. Each location will
allow a full complement of antennas. The separation will allow simultaneous CW/RTTY and SSB transmission on the open bands. The group plans on eight stations; four at each location. Elecraft K3's, a full complement of antennas, and 500 watt and 1.5 KW amplifiers will be the backbone of the station configurations.

The operators are well known in the DXing and contesting world and
include: 9V1YC, EY8MM, FM5CD, HK1R, K4UEE, K9CT, LA6VM, N4GRN, N6HC, VE3EJ, VE7CT, W6IZT, WB9Z, and yours truly K0IR.
Our website is in the final stages of preparation. When it is complete,
you may access it at:
The website will be password protected until it is ready.

As with past DXpeditions to 'Top Ten' countries, this is a costly venture. The expenses total just over $400,000 (U.S.). Each operator must contribute a minimum of $10,000 of his own money, pay his own way to
Fremantle, Australia, be away from home and family for six weeks, spend
16 to 18 days at sea, and be prepared for the financial and physical
risks inherent in a major DXpedition of this magnitude.

The group needs your financial support to successfully complete this major project and is asking all DX'ers to contribute what they can to make this happen. We know that clubs and major sponsors will help us;
INDEXA has already made an extremely generous contribution to the project and the NCDXF has honored with a very large grant. But we also need the help of individual DX'ers, not only from North America, but also from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Oceania. Let's make this happen!

Then, let's enjoy the chase of a new country, a new band country, or
working a rare one!
73 – Ralph Fedor – K0IR"

* Since the press release, it was announced by Stan, SQ8X, that the
callsign of the 2014 Amsterdam Island DXpedition will be FT5ZM.
Also, both Facebook and Twitter pages at now available at:

* NCDXF PRESS RELEASE (Major Grant to Amsterdam Island DXpedition):
The Northern California DX Foundation is pleased to announce a grant of $50,000 to the FT/Z Amsterdam Island DXpedition planned for Jan-Feb 2014. Amsterdam is #4 on the DX Magazine's Most Wanted List for 2013.
This is the second largest grant in NCDXF's history. Without major financial support from NCDXF, DXpeditions like this to challenging or rare locations would not be possible. will soon post the DXpedition details.

For the past 41 years the NCDXF has funded major DXpeditions to many
Most Wanted Entities. The credit for these large grants goes to the
NCDXF contributors, individuals and clubs, who make DX like this
possible. Have you contributed yet?
... 73,
Glenn Johnson, W0GJ
NCDXF Vice President

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