A multinational team of highly skilled hams will activate Pitcairn Island from October 18 to November 1. Their callsign will be VP6R. According to the organizers it should be an “exceptional and memorable” event.
“We are near the bottom of our solar cycle. This makes good, efficient low-band operation a must for every DXpedition,” team member Nodir Tursun-Zade, EY8MM, said, “The Pitcairn Island DXpedition team takes this very seriously, and we bring one of the most experienced teams to the island to meet this challenge.”
The team says it will have good antennas and high power, an excellent island location, and dedicated operators running all modes 24/7. Eleven of the operators are alumni of the unfortunate 3Y0Z DXpedition last year. In addition to EY8MM, the team roster of JR4OZR, K0IR, K0PC, K9CT, K9NW, N4GRN, N6HC, N9TK, W0GJ, W0VTT, W6IZT, W8HC, and WB9Z will have eight stations on 160 – 10 meters, with three-element monoband Yagis for 20 – 10, J-wave verticals for 80 – 30, and a 90-foot-tall vertical for 160.
50 MHz EME (moonbounce) operation is also being planned. Hal, W8HC, and Mike W0VTT will be in charge of that. Of course, Hal, W8HC, is a member of the West Virginia DX Association (WVDXA.)