Archive - February 2020

South Orkney Islands Log Search Links & QSL Updates

VP8PJ team will be operational as ZL1NA/MM from the Braveheart. QSL will be available after the team return home.
VP8PJ wil be QRV until approximately March 5th.


Update March 1st 01:00z: Pre DXpedition donor Excel file, updated. Uploaded to OQRS, exported ADIF for donors and uploaded to LoTW. This will also be uploaded to LoTW after each log upload.

Update February 29th 12:00z:
We have all your comments to the pilots and a summary of the reflector.
After a storm blew through we’re currently experiencing the weather conditions we expected. The antennas are staying up, with only some challenges with the larger verticals.  The WeatherPort buildings have performed as expected, even with occasional wind gusts that we estimate at 75 – 80 kph, or higher. We have reports of missing FT8 QSOs, we can not fix that on the island, Tim M0URX will handle the missing contacts once he has all the FT8 files.


We must depart the island by the afternoon of Thursday, March 6th.
Depending on the weather, we expect to begin tearing down the camp on Weds, March 4th.
We estimate (with reasonable weather) March 4 – 5 for the tear down, load the ship and be ready to sail on Thursday.
Estimated time at sea is 5 full days, and arrive at the entrance to the harbor on the evening of March 11th.
We will unload the ship on March 13 and turn to equipment over to our Customs Broker.
Braveheart will leave Punta Arenas on March 15th. 73, VP8PJ Team”

Update February 28th 18:00z: Log uploaded Last QSO in the log: 28 Feb 2020 12:24 UTC
Update February 27th 18:00z:
Unable to go back to boat today, snow storm and very cold wind. Maybe tomorrow for log upload.
That message was received using Garmin inReach. The team can only send logs from the Braveheart as the terrain on the island blocks the path to the satellite.

Update February 27th 
This is a historic problem for DXpeditions. 10% of ALL FT8 Qs will be dropped and cannot be entered into the log until AFTER the DXpedition. 
Please follow the instruction on OQRS which is very clear!
Not in Log/Busted Call check request on-line function will be available shortly after the DXpedition.
Do not send log check request email!
If you are not in log, work again or wait until this function will be enabled.
The ops are already aware of this FT8 dropping QSO issue and it has been an issue for the last 3 years. Please be patient and follow the advice above. Make a security QSO if you can.

Update February 25th 21:00z Log uploaded:
 In a message from the Braveheart, K5GS Gene reports. “We are having spotty success getting an adequate signal from the satellite, even from the ship. We’ve been in contact with the service provider and we all agree that the problem is the terrain and the satellite’s low angle in the sky. 

That said, we’re here to work DX and will deal with the usual challenges all DX-peditions to the Southern Ocean tend to experience. One of the ship’s crew asked “they make a contact on the radio and need to Internet to confirm they made the contact?”. Interesting observation from a fellow that knows little about ham radio.

We ask that people do not send us or the pilots e-mails asking about logs, if we can get uploads done, we will. If not you’ll have to do your best to get a contact. This is an experienced DX-pedition and Contest team, if you hear them repeat your call you’re in the log.

The pileups have been what we expected, always energetic, sometimes chaotic but no surprises. The team is working under very cold and windy weather conditions, with snow at night. Doing any work outside is challenging anytime and can not be done at night.”

Update February 23rd 14:00z “We are unable to find a solid satellite connection on the island. We are waiting to change to a different satellite, but it’s not clear there will be any difference. We know it is not a hardware problem because we have 3 satellite terminals of this model and one of another model. If we can not find a solid connection we will try to upload logs from the ship every day, and even that path to the satellite is very poor. They are are continuing to install additional antennas today.  It’s cold and difficult to use hand tools in the wind.”

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5Z4/G3AB Logs

I received the 5Z4/G3AB log update for the most recent FT8 QSOs. Andy was not able to send me the CW log at the same time. So if you have made a CW QSO since January 18th please stand by until we have been able to upload the full log. We are aware and there is no need to fill in missing call form at this time. Thank you.
Due to Andy’s workload the log updates will be sporadic so please be patient.

South Orkneys 2020 DX-pedition VP8PJ (AN-008)

For Immediate Release  Press Release #11 Feb. 2, 2020
We’re on autopilot, next stop Punta Arenas, Chile.

The project is on schedule
Team members will begin arriving in Punta Arenas on February 9th, Braveheart is scheduled to arrive on February 13th, we load the ship on Feb 14th and depart on Feb 15th for Signy Island. Nigel Jolly will have already arrived by air to arrange for refueling and resupplying Braveheart.

Logging – Log Search
We will use N1MM+ for logging and WSJT-X Version 2.1.2 for FT8  

Assuming a stable satellite connection, QSOs will be uploaded to the log server in near real-time, you can monitor logging activity at:
 We do not upload by band, by mode or by operating position.

OQRS will be available within 10 days after we leave the island. We need time to validate the logs.

QSL Manager, Tim M0URX, will work on Busted Calls and Not in Log issues after the log is validated. Please use the form on Tim’s OQRS site, do not send e-mails. Read More