VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition
VP6D has reached another significant milestone.
After a short delay the VP6D equipment is on its way to Braveheart in New
Zealand. The shipment was consolidated on to 5 pallets, with a total weight
of 1,615 kg (3,553 pounds) and released to Cathay Pacific Cargo airlines by
our customs broker in Hayward, California.
The shipment was trucked to San Francisco International Airport for delivery
to Cathay Pacific’s cargo hub in Hong Kong. From there it goes to Auckland,
New Zealand where it will clear Customs and Bio-security, then taken to our
customs broker in Tauranga, New Zealand for delivery to Braveheart. We built
in plenty of buffer to meet the contracted date to load Braveheart and
manage any unexpected delays.
It’s been a busy several weeks to get all the equipment consolidated,
integrated, tested and packed for shipment. The short delay allowed us to
add a few late arriving items: SPE high power amplifiers, a spare set of
band pass filters and a drone, we think you will agree the delay was
justified. At Braveheart’s warehouse the pallets will be unwrapped and
inventoried. The shipping cases will not be opened unless visibly damaged.
The next major milestone will be in October when team members begin their
journey to meet the Braveheart at Mangareva, French Polynesia. It’s been a
long 16 months of detailed planning and coordination – the target is now in
In case you missed the latest Clublog update, VP6/D is shown as #19 Most
With donations at 78% of target we’re looking forward to additional DXers
joining the project’s donor list on VP6D.com
Team Ducie 2018