Pacific DXpedition 2010: ZK2 Niue + VK9N Norfolk

This is our 6th Pacific DXpedition and we hope to realize many QSOs with focus on EU, lower bands (for all areas) on CW, and RTTY.

Destinations for November/December 2010 are:

As a lightweight DXpedition, we will try to limit our extra baggage expenses. To achieve this (and for efficiency and reliability too) we will mainly use wire antennas; we have hams in Los Angeles supporting us for logistics. On the way back, if any extra baggage exist, we'll drop it to ham friends in New Zealand for future pickup. (we avoid risks on extra costs due to shipments, customs, import VAT, etc).

Callsigns and operations

The organizers will take care of applying for necessary callsigns. We'll use a single callsign from each DXCC entity, preferably a short callsign. Expected callsgns are ZK2A and VK9N?.

Using a single callsign reduces the number of duplicate QSOs and confusion during the operations, and reduces the workload for the QSL Manager and log checking / uploading.

Operations will be on all HF bands 160m-10m (plus 6m possible) and will be coordinated with a daily schedule (which will be adapted every day based on individual preferences and real possibilities). Since there is little propagation in the South Pacific around local midday, a team meeting will take place every day around midday (lunch time) to discuss open issues, daily schedules, and current expedition progress.

Detailed propagation studies will be published to help DXers. All major ham poplation areas eill be targeted at their best propagation time, and we're particularly aware of the difficult path to Europe.

We support and try to adhere to the DX Code and we hope DXers can do the same, in particular avoiding continuous calling and the use of partial callsigns.

ZK2A Niue,
VK9NN Norfolk

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