|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Contact: Van Herridge, N4VGE
|November 30, 2023
VJ DXpedition Accepting Applications
CHARLESTON, SC – Not every DXpedition (an amateur radio expedition to a distant country) for ham (amateur) radio operators has to be a trip into the wilderness or to an island in a rubber raft. VJ (Vanuatu) is number 74 for single side band (number 105 for all modes) of the top most wanted DX entities, has commercial airlines service, rental homes, and electrical power. In addition, there are lovely beaches from which ham radios and antennas can be set up to talk to other hams from around the world.
The VJ DXpedition planning is well underway for a group of Amateur Radio Operators (hams) to participate in a DXpedition to Efate Island, Vanuatu, Oceana, in the South Pacific for two weeks in October 2024. This will allow them to take advantage of the Southern Hemisphere springtime propagation for radio signals and to take part in several contests including the CQ WW DX Phone Contest on October 26-27.
We expect to make over 40,000 contacts over the 14 days of operation including two days of contesting. There are openings in the group for three to four more hams and their spouses. We are expecting excellent spring propagation for making European and North American contacts. Of course, the location will bring an abundance of Asian contacts as well. Antennas we plan on taking and erecting include parasitic phased verticals, BuddiHex Hexbeam, 160 Cable Help long wire, and 40-80 meter GRV long wires.
We have been able to find luxury housing through Vanuatu Luxury Holiday Homes. They have several 4 – 5 bedroom houses that are on the beach and have plenty of room for antennas. The total budget per person for eight is less than $5,000 and includes round trip flights, housing, insurance, meals, and a car.
The Team Leader, Van Herridge, N4VGE, can be contacted at email@example.com or 843-303-1885.