Amsterdam Island DXpedition
The following press release was sent out by Ralph Fedor, K0IR, team leader of the January 2014 Amsterdam Island (FT5ZM) DXpedition:
Since our last Press release early last month, we have a great deal of news to report. We have received the callsign FT5ZM. It is a good callsign and we thank the TAAF for their cooperation.
Two new team members have joined the team of fourteen. They are Neil, VA7DX and Andy, UA3AB. Both men are veterans of many DXpedtions and add expertise to the list of operators.
Several more sponsors have joined in with their support, Spiderbeam,
Cycle 24 Antennas, and Array Solutions. Array Solutions will be providing
the new OM Power amplifiers for our low band operations.
The team will assemble in Perth, Australia, on January 10/11, 2014.
The DXpedition vessel Braveheart will arrive on January 12th, and loading
of equipment and personal items will begin. The North Coast Radio Group
of Western Australia, along with Alek, VK6APK, will be offering logistical
support to the FT5ZM Amsterdam Island DXpedition Team. The VK6's will
assist in obtaining masts, ground rods, electrical hardware, and some
medical supplies. This will result in a substantial decrease in the bulk
and weight of material that the team has to ship from the U.S.
We plan to depart for the 9 day trip to Amsterdam Island on January 15th.
We are grateful to the growing list of DX Foundations, DX Clubs and
individual DXers who have contributed toward the DXpeditions expenses.
NCDXF, INDEXA, ARRL/Colvin and several European based DX Foundations have made unusually large commitments. They are aware of the extreme cost of the venture at over 400,000 USDs. (see our budget on the website.)
However, thus far, we have only raised just over 53% of the money that
we need to complete this DXpedition. As payments on the vessel begin
next month, we must ask the world-wide DX community for their support.
Visit our website at: www.amsterdamdx.org and contribute whatever
you can. We need your help.
Thanks... we will update you monthly until departure.