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County: Essex (NJ)
GRID: FN20uu
CQ Zone 5 - ITU Zone 8

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East Coast North American pilot station for VP8STI/VP8SGI

I will be handling pilot duties for eastern North America for the Intrepid DX Group's upcoming double-header DXpedition to South Sandwich and South Georgia islands in January-February 2016. Before emailing me, please note the following guidelines:

  1. The DXpedition will ALWAYS be operating split. ALWAYS. Every. Single. Time. Make sure you listen to the operators' instructions to determine where to set your transmit. Please, please don't transmit on the same frequency that the VP8 operator is transmitting on. You'll only make it harder for everybody, yourself included.
  2. I do not have any access to the logs. I cannot check to see if your QSO made it in or not, nor can I check with the team. Logs can be delayed for any number of reasons, thus your understanding is appreciated. If you don't see your QSO(s) online and you're not sure you made it through, just work us again!
  3. Related to the above, if you know the team busted your callsign by accident (hey, we're all human!) we can not fix it while the operation is ongoing. Your best advice would be to try and work us again, if possible. If not, there's nothing that can be done until the team arrives back home. Sit tight and send your QSL and a note to our QSL managers (Bob, N2OO for South Sandwich and Steve, KU9C for South Georgia). They're two of the best QSL managers on Earth (and possibly beyond), and they'll hopefully be able to get things squared away for you.
  4. Please do not ask for skeds or band changes. Pilots have to fight through the same pileups that you do in order to get a contact. Be patient. Some of the best operators in the world are going to be listening for even the weakest signals so you'll be able to make it through.
  5. Bands will be open to multiple regions at the same time and the team understands that each region wants their shot at a QSO. Please listen to the operator's instructions. If they only want EU or JA at the moment be patient. We WILL ask for NA soon. Likewise, if we're asking for North America and you're in Europe, QRX. You'll get your turn too! Pilot stations will not pass on "Too much Europe/Too much N.A." comments, so please don't send them to me. They will be ignored. On the other hand, if you're in an under-served part of the world like VK/ZL, VU, etc, and you have a solid opening but the operators are listening for another part of the world, please let your local pilot station know.

So, what should you be e-mailing a pilot station about? Missed propagation opportunities, audio or signal-quality issues, DQRM and similar matters and anything the team can do to maximize the chance for QSOs during limited-time windows to certain geographic regions. Unusual propagation openings, unusual paths, etc. Please use the e-mail address (above) and I will pass along the appropriate information to our chief pilot. He, in turn, will relay the pertinent information to the team on the islands via sat-phone. Remember: NO "AM I IN THE LOG" INQUIRIES WILL BE ACTED UPON. PERIOD. NO EXCEPTIONS (because we don't have the logs!).

Thanks for your understanding, and good luck in the pileups!


DXCC and CQ-WAZ Card Checker
I am an authorized card checker for the ARRL's DXCC program, including 160m, as well as for WAS, WAC & VUCC awards. I am also an authorized checkpoint for the CQ Worked All Zones awards. If you'd like me to check cards for your next DXCC or WAZ application by mail it would be my pleasure to do so, but please contact me by email first (using the address posted above). If you're in the northern part of New Jersey I'd also be glad to meet you in person and do your cards that way as well.

QSLs from W2IRT, W2B (July 2008 only) or VE3THX:
Direct stateside requests, please enclose an SASE. No SASE, no card.

If you are requesting a QSL by direct mail from outside the United States, please enclose a self-addressed envelope and either $2 US, one new (un-expired) and properly-stamped IRC or $1.20 in US Postage stamps. I will also happily reply to all bureau cards.

I am the letter O sorter for the US Second District incoming QSL bureau and a member of both the North Jersey DX Association and the Frankford Radio Club (GO FRC!).

I was first licensed in Canada in August 1979. My wife and I moved to the United States in 2000 and I began operating on HF in August 2001 as VE3THX/W2. I got my US license (Extra-class) in 2002.

My HF station consists of an Elecraft K3S/P3 combination, along with an Ameritron AL-1200 legal-limit amplifier. This is feeding into a Force 12 C31XR for 10, 15 and 20m at 72', a Force 12 2/2/1 for the WARC bands at 85 ft and a two element Force 12 Delta 240 on 40m at 75' AGL. All three antennas are mounted on a 70 foot tall motorized crank-up tower. I'm running an inverted vee for 80m with the apex at the top of the tower, an Inverted L for 160 transmit, a K9AY loop for 80 and 160 receive and a 5-element Yagi for 6m at 37'.

You'll typically find me adding to my DXCC award totals on all HF bands (DXCC 9 bands/3 modes, 2700+ DXCC Challenge and 333/336 entities in total). I also have the 5B WAZ award at the 196-zone level. Please look for me in CQWW and the ARRL International DX contests where I usually operate SOAB, and in both the CQ and ARRL 160m contests.

My wife and I live in West Caldwell, NJ, about 45 minutes from midtown Manhattan with our wonderful cats. In addition to amateur radio I'm interested in trains and railroading (I have written a book depicting all the tracks of the New York City Subway system) and I'm also a licensed private pilot.

73 de Peter, W2IRT

My current antenna array

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