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    #11
    VP6R Pitcairn Island DX Pedition News 30 September 2019.

    Sept. 29, 2019: We are pleased to announce our pilot station network for the Pitcairn Island DXpedition. Our pilot station system is in place to relay your reports, concerns, and advise to us through our pilot stations. Initially, the information most important to us will be when we are being heard in your area. This is especially true if there are openings to more than one geographical area at the same time and one of those areas has strong signals that obscure stations calling from the other areas. We need to attend to those weaker signals and your reports will help us do that.

    With time your band and mode needs will be relayed to us through our system. Constructive criticism is welcome as well.

    Our system is somewhat “Eurocentric,” with north, south, east, and western Europe each having a representative in our system. We do this because needs for a VP6 contact are greater in Europe and European signals may be “under” stronger signals from other geographical areas.

    Our chief and North American pilot is Jerry, WB9Z. He will be supported by JJ3PRT, OG2M, R7LV, G3XTT, EA3AKP, IK0FVC, NP4G, ZS1C, and ZL3IO. Please go to our Pilots and Off-Island Team Members page for more details.
    We want you in our log and we want you to have fun working us.
    73 Al 4L5A

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      #12
      VP6R Pitcairn Island News

      " WHERE'S HALDO?"

      I will be taking along my Garmin Satellite tracker once again on this DXpedition... so if you are interested, you may follow along with this adventure in near real time at this website:

      https://share.garmin.com/vp6r

      This might also be a great opportunity to introduce a young person to ham radio by sharing a map, geography or history lesson as we travel to Pitcairn Island out in the South Pacific.

      The tracker should show me leaving Charleston, West Virginia on Saturday, October 12, flying to Atlanta then LAX then Papeete, Tahiti where our entire team will meet for the first time on the 13th.

      We will then fly from Papeete to Mangareva (ever hear of it?) on the 15th where we board the Braveheart and prepare for our one day sail arriving at Pitcairn Island on the 16th.

      You should be able to watch our track as the long boats take us from the Braveheart onto Pitcairn island and as the quads take us up the 300+ meters to the top of Pitcairn and the home of our host Andy Christian. Here we will be erecting our antennas and stations and hope to be on the air as VP6R by the 18th or 19th barring any unforeseen issues.

      So join the fun, share this link and follow along... Oh, and keep your fingers crossed there is no mutiny this time! LOL.
      73 Al 4L5A

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        VP6R News 10 October 2019
        I experienced a sudden and relatively severe, acute illness and was hospitalized for a number of days. I am recovering at home, but the risk of compromising the DXpedition to Pitcairn Island is too great for me to make the trip with the team. My friend Glenn, W0GJ, will take on my responsibilities and the DXpedition will proceed as otherwise planned.

        Most team members will have begun their travels within the next 24-48 hours. The October 15th flight to Mangareva and boarding of the Braveheart remain on schedule.

        This is a great disappointment for me, but the show will go on. I thank all of you for your past encouragement and support. I have great confidence in all of our team members; they will give this DXpedition their all.

        Ralph – K0IR
        73 Al 4L5A

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          #14
          VP6R Pitcairn Island DX Pedition
          Nodir, EY8MM Tahiti Island


          VP6R Pitcairn Island Nodir EY8MM Tahiti Island


          73 Al 4L5A

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            The VP6R team all together now at the Tahiti Airport Hotel. And now we are 13

            VP6R Pitcairn Island DX Pedition Tahiti 14 October 2019 Image 1


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            73 Al 4L5A

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