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VP8SGI/VP8STI News from Paul N6PSE

The Intrepid DX Group is pleased to announce that all of our plans are moving forward very well. We are pleased that we have been able to add World-Class CW Maestro Dmitri Zhikharev-RA9USU to our team.

VP8SGIWe have now shipped all of our equipment to New Zealand at considerable expense. Our container contents will be loaded aboard the RV Braveheart and will meet us in the Falkland Islands in January.

This will be a "Pure DX" event. We have assembled a team of World-Class experienced operators, including two DX Hall of Fame members. Our sole focus is on getting you in our logs!

When our voyage starts, you can see our location in real time on a map on our website. You will know when we are about to land or are departing one island for the other. We will be in daily satellite communications with our Pilots, and support team. You can get a feel for propagation as we will be QRV as VP8IDX/MM on the way to and from the islands.

Our plan is to be at each of these top ten entities for ten days. To effectively do that, we need your support.

The fourteen members of the VP8STI/VP8SGI team have committed to paying $210,000 of the $425,000 needed to carry out this Dxpedition. To date, we have raised $118,000 in club and individual donations. We still have a significant deficit of $97,000. The VP8STI/VP8SGI asks for more support from the DX Clubs of North America, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia to support our plans. Many well established clubs have yet to donate.

To date, our Club & Individual donations by continent are as follows:

North America:  80%
Europe: 13%
Asia: 6%
Oceania 1%
Middle East & Africa: 0%
Mexico/South America: 0%

So, please consider a generous contribution to this project. To have your club or organizations logo included with the QSL card, please contribute $250 or more. Individual contributions of $150 or more will be listed with the QSL card. All donors of $25 or more will receive an early LoTW upload. Everyone who supports the DXpedition will be listed and properly recognized on our website.

We encourage you to visit our website (www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8) and donate via the PayPal link. It's easy and free to donate. Alternatively, you can mail a check or money order to the address listed below:

Payable to:

Intrepid-DX Group
C/O David Jorgensen-WD5COV, CFO/Treasurer
18645 Cortez Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030 USA

Thank you,
The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team