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ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Update/Press Release). Ed, VK2ARE, AustralianPublicity Officer for the ZL9HR, sent out the following press release
“The team at the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia have all permissions including the landing permit to Campbell Island (OC-037) and are in the process of building out three shipping containers in Sydney, Australia, to be used for transport of all equipment and supplies required. The DX’Pedition will be on Campbell Island between the 28th of November and the 9th of December.
An international team of operators has been assembled for this event on the sub-Antartic Campbell Island which is located 650 km or 400 miles south of New Zealand in the Southern Ocean. This is the biggest DX’Pedition by an Australian club in 25 years and the promises to be the most sought after DX’Pedition in 2012 overall. The complete crew of 10 operators is
as follows: Tommy/VK2IR, John/VK3YP, Les/W2LK, Gene/K5GS, Don/VE7DS, Istvan/HA5AO, John/9M6XRO, David/K3EL, Jacky/ZL3CW and Tom/KE4KY.
Keen DX-ers who may be looking to get ZL9 on a particular band and mode to move towards a DXCC or other award, should go to the survey on the website at ZL9HR.com and vote for which bands and modes they would like to hear ZL9HR operating on!
When people think of DX’Peditions, they think of operators sitting under palm trees on exotic islands with the world of amateur radio enthusiasts trying to talk to them. While this is where every DX’Pedition tries to get to, there is a LOT of work that has to happen before this is possible!
Months or even years before, the event planning starts and permits are requested, equipment assembled and transport both of equipment and operators arranged. Accommodation organized and all red-tape worked through. All of this requires a lot of work from the organizers and also requires finance in the form of contributions from those taking part in the event and from sponsors. Without sponsors no DX’Pedition can take place and the ZL9HR DX’Pedition is no exception.
This DX’Pedition is rightly being billed as one of the most important in 2012 and the HARAOA is very happy to announce that many of the sponsors that supported earlier DXPeditions are helping again with ZL9HR. There will be additional sponsors ‘signing up’ over the next few weeks, but we would like to thank those who have already committed to support the DX’Pedition. These are as follows (in alphabetical order); Commercial sponsors: RF Solutions and Spiderbeam Club & Organisations: British Colombia & Northwest Washington – ORCA DX & Contest club, Clipperton DX Club, Danish DX Group, European DX Foundation, German DX Foundation, Lone Star DX Association, Long Island DX Association, Lynx DX Club, Mediterraneo DX Club, Northern California DX Club, Northern Illinois DX Association, Oklahoma DX Association, Pacific DXers, West Tennessee DX Association and 599 DX Association.
There are also currently 33 individuals who are sponsoring the event.
In addition to these sponsorships, the HARAOA ZL9HR DX’Pedition is delighted to have been granted an award from the prestigious ARRL Colvin foundation. The Colvin Award is conferred in the form of grants in support of Amateur Radio projects that promote international goodwill in the field of DX and the HARAOA are honoured to have received this award.
Please keep monitoring the DX’Pedition’s website – ZL9HR.com for all updates as the preparations keep progressing.”