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Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin No. 1128.1
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Special Bulletin No. 1128.1
September 17, 2013
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet
Clusters Network, JA1TRC, K4UUE and SQ8X for the following DX information.
FT5Z, AMSTERDAM ISLAND (FT5ZM - $20.00 per minute on the air!). Posted
on September 16th, by Stan, SQ8X, on the FT5ZM Web page [edited]:
"As Chief Financial Officer and fundraiser for the upcoming FT5ZM
DXpedition, I am deeply involved in the subject of DXpedition costs and
financing. I have served in the same role for numerous high-profile and
expensive DXpeditions to very rare DX entities. Examples are 3Y0X, K5D,
However, the article written by Don Greenbaum, N1DG, and published in
several publications is the definitive work on the subject of DXpedition
costs and financing. If you have not seen it, it’s available on the NCDXF
website at: http://www.ncdxf.org/pages/dxresources.html
Don points out that DXpeditions to the Southern Oceans are the most
expensive mainly because they involve a vessel charter. In his study,
those charters averaged $260,000. However, three of the six DXpeditions
included in that study took place 13-15 years ago and costs have risen
significantly since then. See Ralph K0IR’s article on this website
entitled 'Why Does This DXpedition Cost So Much?' It was posted in the
'News' section on 21 June 2013 at <www.amsterdamdx.org>. It details our
current, up to date vessel charter costs. They represent 75% of our
$400,000 DXpedition budget.
Now, to really put DXpedition costs in perspective, let me share some
simple math with you. At FT5ZM, Let’s assume we are on the air for 14
days. That allows two days for set-up and two days for take down. That
equates to 20,160 minutes on the air. If our budget is $400,000 (not
including operator travel costs to Perth and back), then our time on the
air costs $19.84 per minute. Yes, $19.84 per minute on the air !!!!!
Let’s take this a bit further. Assume we make 100,000 QSOs, (a worthy
goal for a #4 'most-needed'). The cost per QSO works out to $4.00. Yes,
$4.00 per QSO !!!!!
Now, for some good news, the DXpedition operators will pay about half
of that. This means however, our sponsors including DX Foundations, DX
Clubs and individual DXers worldwide need to pay the remainder. So, when
deciding not if, but how much support you will offer FT5ZM, ask yourself:
How many QSOs am I going to make? How important are those QSOs to me?
Am I paying my fair share of the costs? Our DXpedition leader K0IR has
often joked that if every DXer would give up a cup of coffee for each
QSO with FT5ZM and send that money to support the DXpedition, we would
not have to worry about our expenses. You know, he is right.
73 and CU in the pileups! ..... Bob-K4UEE"
XZ, MYANMAR (XZ1Z Update). Jay, JA1TRC, reports (dated Sept. 16th):
"Zorro arrived Yangon last night and heading to Nay Pyi Taw this morning
(XZ local time) while waiting the customs clearance of the additional
equipment shipped this time. He will renew his operating permission at
the Posts and Telecommunications Department (PTD) of the Ministry of
Communications and Information Technology (MICT) when he arrive Nay
Then he will start get on the air as soon as the antennas (GPs for 20
and 17m that he used in August) are set up. We hopefully receive the
equipment by the evening of 17th and put up tri-band Yagi beam. The
operation will be mainly on CW and focused to North and South Americas.
I expect to receive the logs if the hotel Internet connections are
stable, and hope to update ClubLog.
In the meantime, QSO data for all those who have requested via OQRS
for August operation are being uploaded to LoTW, and planning to do the
same for the September operation. Your generous donation to the children
in Myanmar can be sent to our PayPal account <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
FYI: XZ local time is UTC + 6:30"
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