A35JT DXpedition Pilot & QSL Manager Team Announced

The A35JT Dxpedition team heading to Tonga in September wishes to introduce our pilot team for our 2019 DXPedition. We are very fortunate to have assembled a great team of people to help you make contact with us between September 23rd and October 7th 2019.

The team comprises Bjorn ON9CFG who will be our Chief Pilot and will also cover Europe and Africa, Steve N2AJ will cover North America, Cesar PY2YP will cover South America, Joe JJ3PRT will cover Japan, Chris VK5SA will cover VK/Oceania and Jim AC9EZ will be our Youth pilot (in training). This team is in addition to our QSL manager, Charles M0OXO who has again offered to support our expedition as he did for me on Niue (E6AG) and Vanuatu (YJ0AG) in recent years.

Why are we setting up pilot stations?

Principally, to assist the A35JT expedition team get quickly dialled in to what bands are open from when for Tonga. The role our pilot stations will be to gather SWL reports as to when stations in their area are hearing the DXpedition stations. SWL reports containing the date, time, band and mode are then compiled and forwarded to the team on the island, so they will know when they are being heard and adjust their operating schedule for various continents and bands to target them at the right time.

NOTE: Our pilots do not take Not In Log (NIL) complaints, requests for certain bands or modes (wish list), etc. “Not In Log” requests will be considered only after the expedition by our QSL manager via the OQRS Busted Call Request function, once the final logs are consolidated.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the air in September!

73 from the A35JT DXpedition Team

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