The Future of DXpeditions

I got into a bit of a twitter exchange yesterday with some people. It started because Rich Holoch KY6R made his own blog post with the title "The Future of DXpeditions?" and my response "Expensive hobby + expensive trips = lots of old people on DxPeditions. Nobody else can afford it." got several retweets and a favorite or two, and a couple of responses. I have trouble fitting what I think about this into 140 characters, so I'll post it here.

XR0ZR DXPedition to Juan Fernandez Island

XR0ZR will be QRV from Juan Fernandez Island sometime in late 2013. The Web site http://www.juanfernandez2013.com/ is under development. It's got a countdown on it now that ends on July 27, but I expect that it'll be updated as soon as there's something to put on it.

Juan Fernandez Island is in the South Pacific off the coast of Chile. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Fern%C3%A1ndez_Islands


80m pileup heard

After months of wondering if anyone was using 80m at all, and finally shifting the frequency of my Ft. Tuthill 80, I have at long last heard strong signals aplenty. I must have copied at least two dozen calls around 3.530 MHz all frantic to work somebody. Unfortunately, I don't know if I could hear that other station or not. I certainly didn't copy any call that I would think would be rare.

I conclude from this that my antenna needs improvement. Since I already knew that and am planning to do something about it, that's a convenient conclusion.

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