More about VP8SGI - a final recap

More about VP8SGI – a final recap

And it isn’t all good news…the weather and Europe.

The weather was treacherous and so was Europe according to DXpedition co-Leader Paul Ewing, N6PSE:

[UPDATED 2016-02-07 1445 UTC] The South Georgia Island VP8SGI DXpedition has been cut short by bad weather. “VP8SGI Team back on Braveheart. Big storm right now. Everyone is OK. More news later,” was the word earlier today from VP8STI/VP8SGI Chief Pilot Toni Gonazlez, EA5RM.

VP8SGI and VP8SGI/mm were still being spotted or heard on 30, 20, and 10 meter CW after the announced shutdown, but those signals appeared to be from pirates, showing up briefly on the DXpedition’s announced frequencies.

In an update several hours later, Gonzalez reported that the VP8SGI team had returned to the R/V Braveheart “for security reasons,” and that the team was waiting for a change in the weather to return to tear down their campsite and pack up their equipment for the trip back to the Falklands, where logs will be uploaded.

“VP8SGI is now QRT,” he concluded.

Bad weather also curtailed the South Sandwich VP8STI leg of the Intrepid-DX Group adventure into the South Atlantic.

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Stormy weather continues to plague the VP8SGI DXpedition team on South Georgia. High winds and snow have caused damage to antennas and tents and even interrupted operations as team members took time out to make repairs. But, stations calling out of turn or not heeding operators’ instructions also have been slowing things down.

“Our biggest challenges are the high winds, which are destroying our antennas and tents, and the many out-of-turn callers that continually call while we are trying to work others,” DXpedition Co-Leader Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said, echoing a familiar refrain. “We are particularly frustrated by those European callers that continue to call as we are trying to work Asia/Japan.”

Ewing called on operators around the world to “show our best ham spirit” so that everyone gets a chance to work VP8SGI before it shuts down on the morning of Monday, February 8. Ewing pointed out that the 14-member team, which operated from South Sandwich as VP8STI on the first leg of its DXpedition, will have spent more than 45 days away from home “risking their lives in one of the hardest places in the world,” by the time the DXpedition concludes. VP8STI logged 54,642 contacts during its stay on Southern Thule Island, before having to cut short its operation due to issues related to severe weather.

(Source of the above original story:  arrl.org)

From my perspective the calling out-of-turn — not honoring the operators’ requests — was rampant. The frequency police guys were out of control too. And the intentional QRM’ers. And the pirates. DXing is clearly going downhill in the 21st century. What a shame. — just my 2 cents…