North Korea DXpedition

North Korea DXpedition? Here we go again?

Polish DXer 3Z9DX Reported Ready to Return to North Korea on a Moment’s Notice.

In the wake of a surprise “demonstration” operation from North Korea — officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) — in December, Polish DXer Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, is eagerly awaiting the call that will allow him to return to the most-wanted DXCC entity for another brief activation. Just when that will come could be anytime, however. DX-World and The Daily DX report that Grzyb has received confirmation that North Korea will authorize a 5-day operation, and he is ready to roll as soon as he gets word, which will be on short notice — just enough time for him to book his flight, grab his gear, and head off.DX World reported that no notice would be given prior to the P5/3Z9DX activation itself.

Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, during an earlier visit to North Korea.

There are other conditions: He may only operate on SSB and on one band, 20, 15, or 10 meters. No decisions will be made until Grzyb gets to the DPRK, however.

Over the course of his unanticipated December 20-21, 2015, activation — the first in more than a decade — P5/3Z9DX made nearly 785 SSB contacts, most of them on 15 meters. Nearly 600 of the contacts were with stations in Asia; P5/3Z9DX worked just 26 stations in North America. He has posted his log on ClubLog. The ARRL DXCC Department subsequently approved the P5/3Z9DX operation for DXCC.

(Original story source:  arrl.org)

Some commentary:

Limited to only one band — only five days — and SSB to boot, contacts with Dom from outside nearby Asia will most likely be limited to big guns who bask in friendly propagation when the time comes. And luck as well. But Dom gets an A+ from me for trying so hard.