Amateur radio expeditions, commonly known as DXpeditions, are associated by all amateurs with the signs JA1BK, JH1AJT, OH2BH, SM0AGD, VK9NS (last two are my expedition gurus), ZL1AMO – let me name those better known. One of the pioneers of DX expeditions were famous: Robert Leo W7LR, Gus Browning W4BPD and Danny Weil VP2VB. Then for years we were excited by expeditions by Iris and Lloyd Colvin – W6QL and W6KG. For me these people have always been idols, as they have given a lot of emotions and happiness to the whole ham society, enabling us all to make long-distance communication with the white spots on the map
On the following pages you may read about several expedition to places, which are not often visited by tourists. I begin with a description of several SP9FIH & company expeditions: Aland Islands SP9FIH/OH0, Austral Islands FO0WEG, Marquesas Islands FO/SP9FIH and FO0POM, Tonga A35WE, Nepal 9N7WE, Bonaire PJ4/SP9FIH, Anegada VP2V/SP9FIH, Dominica J79L, Macau XX9TIH, Albania ZA/ZA1P, Palestine E44WE, Lihtenstain HB0/SP9FIH, Sint Eustatius PJ5/SP9FIH and more!
There are two awards for contacts with amateur radio expeditions issued: “Tonga DXpedition Award” and “Polish World Tour Award”. I still have QSL cards for my expeditions – send me e-mail and I check if you are in the log.
In memoriam of Eric SM0AGD:
Thirty years of DXpeditioning (1971 – 2001) is something to remember and admire.