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    VP6D - Ducie Island - FT8

    For Immediate Release
    Press Release #6
    July 22, 2018
    VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition
    Congratulations to the Baker Island KH1/KH7Z team. Under extremely poor propagation conditions they put on a excellent DX-pedition. They proved the value of FT8 DXpedition mode and gave many ATNOs to the deserving. A hearty WELL DONE to the Dateline DX Association.
    The VP6D – Ducie Island 2018 project is on schedule.
    As you may recall, VP6D will use the same Elecraft equipment as KH1/KH7Z. On July 20th the Baker Island radio equipment was returned to Elecraft for inspection, testing and refurbishing. Members of the VP6D team will drive to California the first week of August to prepare the equipment for shipment. We will ship the equipment to New Zealand on about August 15th. Team member Jacky ZL3CW will transfer the shipment to Braveheart.
    There’s no question that the Baker team had considerable success with FT8. However, a large percentage of the callers weren’t prepared for the challenges of this new mode. We ask everyone to please read the FT8 DX-pedition Mode Users Manual at: It will be in everyone’s best interest if callers use the most recent software version, correctly configure their equipment, call VP6D above 1,000 Hertz and in the correct sequence. If you are unsure of your configuration please seek assistance before calling.
    We plan to use Twitter and Facebook to keep the DX community updated on our progress by sending regular updates from the island. We want to thank Paul Ewing N6PSE and the Intrepid DX Group for the loan of a BGAN unit, giving us an additional Hughes 9201 unit.
    During our stay on the island we will collect soil and plant specimens for study by the National Antarctic Scientific Centre of Ukraine in their climate change research. The Pitcairn Island government issued a permit for the specimens to be collected and removed from the island.
    Our current fundraising campaign is underway; you may see the progress at We feel fortunate to have received financial grants from 40 DX clubs / foundations and many individuals. At this writing we’re at 68% of target with about 3 months before we sail. We anticipate additional clubs and individuals will help close the gap.
    The team is busily working on the project. We’ll have some exciting announcements in future press releases.
    Team Ducie – 2018

    VP6D Ducie Island DX Pedition FT8
    73 Al 4L5A

    We are asking everyone to follow theseguidelines for calling VP6D on FT-8.You willget through faster by using thesesimple guidelines:
    To avoid confusion and potential issues pleaseuse WSJT-X Version 1.9.1
    1. Configure the software and radio per the WSJT-X and your radio’s installation instructions.Do not use VP6D as your first FT8 on the air experience.

    2. Your operating frequency control should be under CAT (rig) control from the program – NOTmanually from your VFO. You must add to WSJT-X our frequencies shown at:

    3. Your WSJT-X software must be configured as a Hound.

    4. Call us ONLY if you are able to decode VP6D responding to other Hounds or if you decode a CQ from VP6D. You may initiate a calling sequence by double clicking 1 on any VP6D response. Examples of VP6D responses
    a. CQ VP6D
    b. K1ABC VP6D R-03
    c. K1ABC RR73; K5GS <VP6D> R-17; N7QT <VP6D> -01
    d. W9XYZ RR73; G4AAA <VP6D> RR73

    5. You must configure your WSJT-X frequency table to match our planned FT8 frequencies.
    shownat: as announced via Social Media.

    a. VP6D will be transmitting BELOW 1,000 Hertz. You MUST select an open calling frequency between1,000 – 4000 Hertz.

    6. Once VP6D replies to a Hound with RR73 the QSO is completed and logged.

    a. The Hound does not need to send 73 to complete the QSO.

    Note 1 This assumes you have WSJT-X configured for Double Click on call sets Tx enable

    Note 2 If you don’t complete a QSO within five minutes after being called by VP6D that you should restart a new QSO .
    73 Al 4L5A