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Rick WA7BNG

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The Perseverance DX Group is organizing a team of experienced DXpedition operators to activate the South Orkney Islands (IOTA AN-008) from approximately Feb. 21, 2020 through March 5, 2020.  South Orkney Island is currently #16 most wanted on Clublog.  

The team will be QRV from Signy Island on 10-160 meters, SSB, CW, RTTY and FT8. Located at 60 degrees south / 45 degrees west, we expect temperatures to hover around freezing most of the time, with constantly changing conditions of wind, rain, snow and occasional sunshine.

The team will erect two extreme weather tents for radio operations, sleeping and eating.

Signy Island is inhabited by birds, seals, penguins and sea lions. Our campsite will be sited to avoid disturbance to the wildlife. Establishing a camp site requires extensive research, documentation and permission from multiple government agencies, all of which we have contacted.

The RV Braveheart will transport us from Punta Arenas, Chile to Signy Island. The ship will remain on station during the project. 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.

Most Recent DXpedition Operation:
South Orkney (Signy) Island was last activated as VP8ORK in Jan/Feb 2011 by the Micro-Lite Penguin Expedition Team which made almost 64,000 contacts.  By the time we arrive it will have been 9 years since its last activation.

We appreciate the assistance we received from Ralph Fedor, K0IR, team leader of the VP8ORK DXpedition.

Project Cost:
The activation of South Orkney Island will be an expensive project with an estimated budget of approximately $325,000(USD). As with all DXpeditions into the Southern Ocean, the most expensive line item is the ship charter followed by freight. Because of the expected extreme weather, heavy-duty tents suitable for the environment will be used. These tents are very expensive and each weigh approximately 600 pounds (270 kg).

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:

Call Sign:
We have several choices for a call sign, it will be announced at a later date.