Project Complete

By March 23rd, All Team Members Arrived Home

Major Club / Foundation Sponsors

WSPR Map

WSPR – VK6CQ Photo

Thank you for the pile-ups!

The Perseverance DX Group has completed its project to the South Orkney Islands (Signy Island). We were active 10 – 160m, CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 from Feb 22, 2020 to March 7, 2020, a full 15 days on the island.

The team of 14 experienced DX-pedition and/or contest operators made 83,724 contacts with 20,530 unique call signs, 168 DXCC entities were contacted.

We especially want to thank the off-island support team for their invaluable assistance during the project: Glenn KE4KY, Hiro JA1WSX, Luke VK3HJ, Björn ON9CFG, Alex 4L5A, Andre V51B, Cesar PY2YP, Mason KM4SII, Doris K0BEE and of course Tim M0URX.

VP8PJ Team, Orwell Glacier – K3EL Photo

Because of the expected extreme weather, heavy-duty tents suitable for the environment were used. These tents were very expensive and each weigh approximately 600 pounds (270 kg). The team erected two WeatherPort buildings for radio operations, sleeping and eating.

VP8PJ campsite
VP8PJ Campsite – K3EL Photo

Signy Island is inhabited by various bird species, including giant petrels and penguins as well as elephant seals and fur seals. Our campsite was located to avoid disturbance to the wildlife. Establishing a camp site requires extensive research, documentation and permission from multiple government agencies, all of which we received. Minimal disruption of the environment and strict adherence to the landing permit requirements were our goals.

The MV Braveheart, from Tauranga, New Zealand) transported us from Punta Arenas, Chile to Signy Island. The ship remained on station during the project. With a supply of breakfast foods on the island, they crew brought over two hots meals each day, fresh water and generator fuel.

Braveheart owner Nigel Jolly and skipper Matt Jolly have both been to Signy Island and are well aware of the geography and challenges associated with a project of this type.

MV Braveheart – K6NRJ Photo

Project Cost:
The activation of South Orkney Islands was an expensive project with an estimated budget of approximately $325,000(USD), books not yet closed. As with all DX-peditions into the Southern Ocean, the most expensive line item is the ship charter followed by freight.

We established a budget plan that seeks 50% funding from the DX community and the remaining 50% from the DX-pedition team. By making a donation you can help us offset the cost of this project.

Due to the cost of activating this DXCC entity, it is expected to be several years before it is again activated.

We kindly invite you to donate to this project, and always appreciate your support.