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    Dave Kalter Memorial - Youth DX Adventure 2018

    Announcing the Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure for 2018
    Announcing the 2018 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure trip to the PJ2T site in Curacao.
    The date is July 19-24, 2018 for a 3 Youth and 3 Adult team. We may expand the team if fund raising permits.
    Youths between the age of 12 and 17 with a Ham license and a valid passport are encouraged to apply.
    A parent or legal guardian must accompany a youth and does not have to be licensed but is a plus if they are.
    We would like the youth to tell us a little about themselves and why they would like to go.
    More details are included in the application. Applications for the Dave Kalter Memorial
    Youth DX Adventure are on the web site at
    The application can be downloaded in 3 different formats, Word Document, PDF and Fill-able PDF.
    Deadline for applications is March 17, 2018.
    There is an email address on the application where you will send the application once it's completed.
    Unfortunately due to fund raising and paying for trips we must limit to US only.
    Ron Doyle, N8VAR,
    Jim Storms, AB8YK, Team Leader,

    Youth DX Adventure 2018
    73 Al 4L5A

    Call sign for this activity will be PJ2Y.
    Mason, KM4SII and others will be active on HF Bands.
    QSL via LOTW.
    73 Al 4L5A



      PJ2Y - Youth DX Adventure
      By AB8YK, Jim Storms, Team leader
      __________________________________________________ ____________________

      The Curacao 2018 Dave Kalter youth DX adventure of PJ2Y went QRT at
      5:45 pm EDT (2145Z) on Monday July 23. The youth made 6,218 QSOs starting Thursday evening at 7:30 pm EDT (2330Z) and ran until QRT time. There was a concentrated effort to have a FT8 station on the air as much as possible. Also there 2 additional radios on the air almost constantly. One was on SSB and the other alternated between SSB and CCW. All CW QSOs were made by the youth. The adults only made a few SSB and FT8 contacts as the youth were quite active on the radios.

      We had a few challenges. During prime band opening time on two days we had power losses resulting in lost time. This amounted to about
      8 hours. The youth chose to do their sightseeing on Monday to permit contacts on Sunday while people were off for the weekend.
      Each operating day didn't see bands open until about 10 and they usually operated until midnight when most bands closed for us.

      The team was very compatible and work extremely well together. We thank all of our sponsors and especially all those who contacted us. The multiple contacts on a band were great as usually it was a different one of the youth. I know several people tried to work all kids (WAK) on not only one but more than one band.

      The QSL card will be designed and printed soon. See our PJ2Y QRZ page for more information. The entire log has been loaded to LoTW and Club Log. At this time we do not plan to do OQRS.

      Thanks to the Curacao bureau of telecommunications for speeding the process of getting the PJ2Y call.
      73 Al 4L5A