Bob, KK6EK will present the Sunday breakfast Keynote at Visalia this weekend, and his talk is “The Future of DXpeditioning and DXing”. A must see.
Radio Team Leader, Dave, K3EL will also attend – so please look him up.
I’m so surprised – almost shocked – that VK0EK is on the cover of the 2016 DXCC Yearbook. We were the cover award winners for the ARRL Yearly DX Issue of QST (my childhood dream magazine), and took over DX Magazine’s January / February issue – including the cover of Carl’s fabulous magazine – I honestly don’t know what is left or what to expect.
What an honor – and man am I happy.
When I asked an NCDXF Board Member what he thought the biggest measure of success was for a DXpedition, he said “A significant achievement is for a DXpedition to work Uniques in the 20 – something percentile range”. I am also very glad to see that the drop in the position on the Most Wanted List – curated by Clublog, (the de-facto standard) is now 25, which is 20 positions lower than a year ago. That is something that I hoped to see – to drop to #25 or lower.
A hearty congratulations to the VK0EK Team!
[UPDATE: glad I caught that screen snap of hitting #25. With the deletion of Kure and Midway changes the list – but relatively speaking – the team still dropped down the list that was in place at the time they were on the air – which is what matters]
Over at The Inquisitive Rockhopper blog, Bill (AE0EE) has put together a series of posts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) showcasing interesting geologic features and outcrops at Heard Island, including Windy City (seen above). These are meant as a virtual field trip, providing access to Heard Island for all those who are unable to go themselves. The last post in the series is about Bill’s favorite outcrop on the island, and has a corresponding video that provides additional perspectives on it.
In large part, this geo-imaging project was made possible through a partnership with Prof. Callan Bentley of Northern Virginia Community College, supported by the GEODE project through NSF DUE 1323419. Prof. Bentley advertised on his blog that he had a robotic camera mount for taking high-resolution panoramic pictures—and the software to stitch them together—available to scientists traveling to interesting locations to take pictures to make these places more accessible. After a brief email exchange, we secured the loan of one of the units for the Heard Island expedition. Although the conditions in the field made it difficult to get the camera out, we hope that you will enjoy the results of this partnership.
Mike, KJ4Z, the brains behind the VK0LD operation, which was the first remote operation from a Top 10 DX Entity, is sending QSL’s out to the lucky 43 who managed to make a QSO with that special event callsign.
Here is a sample of that QSL / Letter:
Please check with Mike – and request yours today!
We are so very proud and thankful for this cover and very well written article by Leader Bob, KK6EK. Please consider voting for it for the October 2016 QST Cover Award: