January 26, 2014
Mellish Reef DX-pedition is scheduled for March 28, 2014 to April 9, 2014.
We are on schedule and will soon be on autopilot. Team members booked their travel to Mackay, Australia, local contacts in Mackay are established, as well as suppliers to assist with logistics. Generators were ordered and will ship later in February from Sydney, Australia. One of the biggest logisticalchallenges will be purchasing 1,400 liters of petrol. The skipper of Evohe, Steve Kafka, agreed to handle the sourcing and take delivery of the petrol removing from the team this task.
Antennas from SteppIR, coax / accessories from DX-Engineering and folding hex beams from foldingantennas.com will be air shipped to Australia in early February from the USA. Another shipment from Hungary is also scheduled for February, some equipment will be hand carried. Joining the antennalineup is a 4 Square provided by Norbert DJ7JC.
Update to the QSL Policy:
We are happy to announce that any individual donating $50(USD) or more to VK9MT will automatically receive their QSL for all QSOs, free of charge. These donors will not need to request QSL cards or take any action to redeem the QSL. Our QSL manager, Tim Beaumont M0URX, will post the cards to all $50+ donors as soon as the cards are ready, thank you Tim for this wonderful service.
Global Pilot Team:
The pilot team will manage all DX community communication between the island team and DXers. Prior to sailing we’ll update the web site with process details and e-mail addresses. While on the island we will not be checking personal e-mail accounts. Please direct operational suggestions to the pilot designated for your region.
Like all DX-peditions to rare and semi-rare DXCC entities, donations are welcomed through vk9mt.complease use the Donate Button on the web site to insure your name is automatically added to the donor list,or by check / money order in US dollars to:
Mellish Reef 2014 DX-pedition
Gene Spinelli, Treasurer
PO Box 189
For our friends outside the USA please use PayPal or e-mail for wire transfer instructions:firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate the generosity of the foundations, clubs and individuals who have already made a donation or a commitment. At the completion of the DX-pedition a financial summary will be sent to all club / foundation donors.
For additional information please e-mail: email@example.com
And, of course, good luck to the FT5ZM team that is now QRV.
73, Team Mellish 2014