News #3 (July 26, 2023)
As most of you know, our team conducts every year a serious light weight DXpedition to rare to semi-rare DXCC entities. These are not vacation trips. We take proper technology – including a pentaplexer – as well as antennas with us and operate on all bands from 160 to 6 m (as far as possible) and use the most important and most popular operating modes CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
This year, the transport costs for our 12-man team amount to roughly €32,000. This includes four economy flights one-way, which means being on the road for more than 35 hours, plus additional baggage and excess length fees. The team members will start their journey on October 8th from different airports in Germany towards Tuvalu with stop-overs in London, Los Angeles and Fiji. In total, the team is transporting around 250 kg of well sorted radio equipment – with a luggage limit of 23kg per person plus a few kg of carry-on luggage.
The cost of accommodation and food amount to €20,000. On top of that, there will be other fees, costs for electricity, internet access for log uploads and homepage updates, separate radio room, gifts for guests, QSL cards, T-shirts as well as humanitarian support for the island. Almost the entire technology and antennas are provided privately by the members. Everyone in the team pays around €5,000 themselves.
We provide daily online log updates and we respect the rules of the DX Code of Conduct. On our homepage, we offer information about the team, the technology, and more importantly also about propagation, the Online QSL Request Service (OQRS), regular news updates and a way to contact us during the DXPedition. Important: This e-mail address is not intended for log corrections!
After two weeks on the island half of the team will fly back on October 24. The remaining six operators DL1KWK, DL4SVA, DL6KVA, DL7JOM, DL7VEE and DL8LAS will stay until October 30. In the last week, we will only be qrv on 40 m and higher. We will also participate in the CQ WW DX SSB contest.
News #2 (July 15, 2023)
We have to thank Mr. Opetaia Simati, Director Department of ICT, for confirming our license T2C. Another grateful thanks goes to the staff of the Funafuti Lagoon Hotel where we will stay in October.
Our Dxpedition logo was organized by Fred, DH5FS.
Thanks to Vincent, F4CVQ he has drawn our logo based on our ideas. You can see a palm thief, a species of crab found on Tuvalu. They are the biggest land living crabs and they are able to crack coconuts! At the bottom there are two Antenna Lionfishes to be found all over the West Pacific. They had also applied to be the main character in the logo, but as divers know, as an invasive species, they are not very popular on the reef. The antenna shown is the famous LZ wire beam, which will serve as main antenna on the high bands.
News #1 (July 3rd, 2023)
Our return to the Pacific is scheduled for fall 2023. With the help of Jared N7SMI and John KK7L, important details for Tuvalu - T2 could be clarified. It is really difficult to find perfect antenna opportunities on Funafuti Island.
As of July 1st 2023 we have all permits in hand. Accommodation as well as flights for our planned destination in October 2023 are booked and confirmed. This means we are ready to announce a new serious and lightweight expedition to Tuvalu.
The team consists largely of members of the 2022 P29RO expedition, supplemented by new experienced OPs. We are all looking forward to October 10 be on the air on an expedition to Tuvalu under T2C until October 30, 2023.
Some team members will leave a few days earlier.
It is planned to operate four stations with power amplifiers in CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 from 160 to 6 m, including 60 m, 24 hours a day. The focus is on the higher bands.