Organizing an Antarctic expedition in the times of COVID19 is quite a challenge, so the German polar institute (AWI) had to find a different approach to the logistics for the upcoming Antarctic summer season. All transports will be carried out by ship directly from Germany. There is only a small team of about 20 technicians and scientists traveling to Neumayer Station, Antarctica, this year. YL Theresa (DC1TH) and Felix (DL5XL) will be part of that group.
During the voyage, from December 20 for about one month, Felix will opeate DP0POL/mm from the research ice breaker “Polarstern”, mainly in CW and digital modes. From mid-January to mid-March 2021, DL5XL expects to be active from the research station “Neumayer III” signing DP1POL.
The ham station in Antarctica is equipped for HF and QO-100 satellite. Clubcall DP0GVN may also be used at times by other operators.
QSL manager for DP0POL/mm and DP0GVN is DL5EBE, QSL cards for DP1POL will be handled by DL1ZBO (direct, bureau or LotW for all call signs).
CU from Antarctica
73, Felix, DL5XL (DP1POL)
EUDXF Life Member
The EUDXF Board of Directors decided to support the just completed Z66DX DXpedition to Kosovo.
Although this DXpedition does not comply to the funding rules set it was decided that because of the current special situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic the team deserves EUDXF support.
More information on the teams website: http://www.z66dx.de/
Following his request for support the EUDXF Board decided to support the upcoming TX0T DXpedition to French Polynesia (Tatakoto, IOTA: OC-298) between Oct 29 and Nov 5, 2020 by Cezar VE3LYC.
In the curent challenging times for travelling Cezar decided to accept the extra challenge of two Covid-19 tests and extra time in Papeete in order to have this project going.
There have been some interesting expeditions this year, but not as many ones to pretty rare DXCCs and IOTAs. Although this will be a New One for IOTA this is not a criteria for the EUDXF , this is the DXCC status. French Polynesia is listed on the Club Log Most Wanted at #81 for Europe, with a brake down of #68 in CW, #74 in SSB, and #100 in DATA. Well enough to be valid for EUDXF Support.
Cezar travels alone carrying two IC7000 radio’s with one KPA500 amplifier and two Multi-Band Verticals.
More info on his website: https://tx0t.weebly.com/