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Friday, January 3, 2014

I.C.P.O. (Islands, Castles & Portable Operations)

Amsterdam Island DXpedition

Press Release: January 4, 2014

We are now 6 days from departure from the U.S. The Braveheart is making its way
across the Great Australian Bight and the North Corridor Radio Group of Western
Australia has a stockpile of supplies queued up and waiting for us. Momentum has
taken over now and there is no turning back.

Upon arrival in Fremantle, the Braveheart will re-provision and refuel to 90,000
to 100,000 liters of fuel. We will load the materials we've obtained from the
NCRG, do a little shopping for personal supplies, set up our maritime mobile
station, take our sea sickness pills and patches, and be prepared to sail on
January 15th.

We’ll be passing through some rare grids on the way to Amsterdam Island and we
are anxious to hand out QSO's from them. Be sure to look for us on the bands and
track us on our website in near real time. Landing on Amsterdam can be
"exciting." Wish us good luck with this. We'll have some heavy work to do upon
landing and expect our set up time to take at least a full day. We'll let you
know when we get there.

This will be our last press release. It has been a long time of preparation and
a great deal of work, but that is behind us now. The next time you hear from us,
it will be a signal from the Braveheart or from Amsterdam Island.

As you can see from our financial status on our home page, we still need help.
If you haven't helped us yet, please consider doing so. If you've supported us,
thank you - you've kept us afloat to date.

73 - The Amsterdam Island DXpedition Team


73 and Good DX!
Dave Raycroft, VA3RJ
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