Pitcairn Island 2012
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    DATES and OBJECTIVES

    20th January to 04th February 2012, DXCC entity = Pitcairn Island, all 9 HF bands, 160-10 m.

    After their successful operation from French Polynesia in February 2010 as TX4T, three of the four operators, joined by two new operators, are pleased to announce a new major DXpedition to CQ Zone 32 and to the famous and mythical Pitcairn Island in the heart of the Pacific Ocean

    This DX operation from Pitcairn has a target of more than 30,000 QSOs. With good propagation forecast for early 2012, efforts will be made to give this extremely rare entity to deserving DXers on as many bands as possible, but especially on the low bands. The rarity of VP6 ensures that all operators will be kept fully occupied during our nine full days on the island. We will be travelling there by boat. We are planning to have three stations active round-the-clock.

    Travelling to Pitcairn is not easy. There are only limited travel opportunities to get there. January has been chosen as the optimum time for HF propagation to the major centres of amateur radio activity, at the heart of winter in the Northern hemisphere.

    The principal objective is to offer DXers worldwide the chance to make at least one contact with this remote DXCC entity that hasn’t seen any large-scale amateur DX-pedition operation for the past decade.

    All nine HF bands will be activated to offer new band slots to the DXCC Challenge chasers. The team will make a particular effort to focus on contacts with Europe and the US East Coast. Openings to Europe will be short. We will pay special attention to sunrise and sunset times. We count on the discipline and fair play of US West Coast operators to give a chance to the propagation-challenged continents.

    OPERATING MODES AND FREQUENCIES

    Band CW SSB RTTY
    160 1831.5 down
    80 3503 3790 down EU / up USA
    40 7003 7085 up
    30 10106 10144 up
    20 14035 14180 up 14088 up/down
    17 18083 18150 up 18108 up/down
    15 21035 21295 up
    21098 up
    12 24903 24960 up 24928 up/down
    10 28035 28490 up 28108 up/down

    Note : The CW listening frequency will always be up (except on 160m), starting at just 1kHz or 2kHz up depending on the pile-up size. However on 160m CW where the listening frequency will be down, the actual split will be announced.
    Note 2 : VP6T’s proposed operating frequencies have been coordinated with HK0NA in order to minimise any possible mutual interference.