DXPeditions FT5ZM DXpedition to Amsterdam Island
This was a truly international DXpedition with fourteen operators from eight different countries. A seven-week adventure culminating in an amazing 170,000 QSOs from the middle of the southern Indian Ocean. It was a long way from anywhere----the nearest ham population center was Japan at 6,000 miles away. Europe was 7,000 miles from us and the closest North American station was 11,000 miles. Every contact was DX!
The team challenged the Indian Ocean on the 128 ft. Braveheart, a veteran of many DXpeditions in the inhospitable Southern Ocean. It was nine days each way and the team suffered mightily during the period of rough seas and the feeling of total isolation from the rest of the world.
The French scientific team on Amsterdam was a terrific host and we were well fed and hydrated. They limited us to travel only during daylight hours due to the terrain and animals, so we adopted 12 and 24 hour radio shifts -- the days and nights were long indeed. Still, the team pulled together and with true international cooperation got the job done with more QSOs than anyone would ever have expected.
The whole story is covered in the DVD up to and including the surprise ending. This DVD details a great DX adventure, shows the dedication of fourteen diverse hams, the Braveheart crew and the members of the French scientific contingent. All-in all -- this is one of the GREAT ones!