Permit received

Planning for the JW0W expedition to Prins Karls Forland Island is going well.Today we received the final permit from authorities to access this nature reserve west of Spitsbergen. The area is only accessible by boat roughly 3h west of Longyearbyen.

Progress since last update:

  • We plan for 60/40/30/20m as main bands with VDA and verticals, but will also have a Spanish Quad on 17/15/12/10m with us.
  • We now plan for 4-5 stations with Elecraft K3/Kx3 and 1000W amplifiers which includes inband operation and all modes CW/SSB/FT8.
  • We have extended the security and will bring with us two huskies for added polar bear protection in addition to one person on duty 24/7.
  • We need an expensive mandatory SAR insurance. This adds to the expenses, so our budget is going up to $16000.

We are grateful that we have 10 supporters so far donating to the dxpedition expenses. All supporters get a free express qsl card and lotw from our QSL manager Charles Wilmott, M0OXO.

Thanks also to FUNKAMATEUR for supporting us.

73, JW0J team