In 2012 our 5T0SP DXpedition was placed on the 5th place. In 2013 our J88HL DXpedition took the 4th place. We are very proud and very glad that so many HAMs decided to vote for us. First of all we realize that such a poll is just a play and it is done for fun first of all. There were many great DXpeditions in 2013: all organizers have their specific organizational aspects and in fact it is hard to honestly compare all DXpeditions. So first of all we would like to congratulate all organizers and teams of the DXpeditions of 2013.
Now about our 4th place… Thanks for so many votes. For us it means that we are going the right way as DXpedition organizers. It also motivates us to keep high operating level and standards during our next DXpedition. No, no… there are no plans now but the next DXpedition of our team will surely take place…
Thanks to the DX World and DX World Shop for running the poll… Thanks for all votes… Many DX in 2014…
Some more statistics.
As you know, we have made 78.400 QSOs. There are 27.097 unique callsigns in the log. We worked 189 DXCC entities from St. Vincent.
There is one station which worked J88HL on all ten possible bands. It is Lucien FM5WD who worked us on different modes on all bands from 6 meters to 160 meters.
There was no time to publish news last days… We would like to inform that all members of the Team J88HL are at their homes now. The trip was very long – 34 hours from the start to the moment when we entered Poland (the last flight was to Berlin, our cars were parked there and then we started w few hours drive to Poland). Unfortunately one suitcase (wth K3) inside was lost somewhere. We hope that it will be found soon.
We have made first statistics. Here are the countries with the highest number of QSOs:
Each individual QSO is equally important for our team but in the same time we must say that we are very pleased of the high number of QSOs to JA stations. From the perspective of St. Vincent the area of Japan is the antipodes.
We were able to have a rest after a long journey and now we are selecting pictures to be used on our QSL card.
J8 is not a problematic DXCC entity but we have sent all necessary J88HL documents to the ARRL just to be sure everything is OK. So we are very happy to inform the DX community that the J88HL operation is valid for DXCC.
J88HL is QRT. There was one station active on bands to the very last moment. It was using a multiband vertical and 100W. We have logged almost 78,4k QSOs on HF bands and 6 meters, on CW, SSB and RTTY. Thanks for all contacts, comments, suggestions. We were trying to do our best. We spent great time on St. Vincent and we hope we gave a lot of fun to our HAM friends all over the world.
J88HL logs are uploaded to the ClubLog and the OQRS feature is enabled now: https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=J88HL
Very soon we will leave beautiful St. Vincent and we will start our long journey back home. The trip will take a long time with three flight transfers. Such a long journey will be exhausting but in mean time will give us a chance to make plans towards next DX-peditions.
On November 29 the Team J88HL was visited by local HAMs: Geoffrey J88NFU with his wife Dian J88NFV and their son (he is going to take his HAM radio license exam next year). Geoffrey and Dian told about ham radio organization on St. Vincent. There are about 200 HAM radio licenses on St. Vincent and Grenadines but most of HAM are not very active on HF bands. Very often HAM licenses are used in emergency. There are about 20 amateur active on HF and other bands and five of them are very active. All of them live in Kingstown, the capital city – place surrounded by high mountains, almost without any open directions.
The visit and the meeting was very friendly and we had great time together. Besides DXing the most important part of DXpeditions is meeting new friends. Please visit The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Amateur Radio Club (SVGARC) facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/svgarc and also the Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) webiste at http://www.cewn.net/. Geoffrey and Dian are involved in both projects, Dian is the Secretary/Treasurer of the SVGARC and a Net Controller with the CEWN.
Please read also some news for previous days… Before the CQWW CW weekend there were some changes in the antenna configuration. We noticed burdensome noise on 10 meters. We found the reason of it – the antenna was located near the building and the noise came from power supplies and computers. So we moved the antenna to the hill where 6 meters antenna was located. I the same time SP6EQZ, SP9FOW and SP2EBG went to the jungle and came back with a high bamboo pole which is used as a 6m antenna mast now (this antenna was moved to another place).
We received many questions about the OQRS – it will be available after the DXpedition. So please wait a few days more… There were also many questions about possible errors and miscopied callsigns in the log. Corrections (if any) will be done only after the DXpedition. We will check every question – sorry we are not answering all such emails (we are to busy during the DXpedition).
Again – thanks to all HAMs and organizations which supports the J88HL DXpedition.
Many new pictures were published in our picture gallery: http://zoom.dxing.pl/index.php/SPDXING/J88HL (your are welcome to visit and leave your comments).