An opportunity to take Tromelin off the top 10 list
Tromelin is listed as #10 in the DX Magazine’s most wanted survey and #9 according to ClubLog. Tromelin is one of the least active DXCC countries and is needed by over 75% of the people who participated in the polls.
The last activity goes back to 2000 when the FR/F6KDF/T team made 50,000 QSO. There has not been any land permission given in the last 14 years. Permission for 6 people delivered by the ruling authority to access and to stay on the island between October 30th and November 10th , 2014 was obtained last September. This is an opportunity to take Tromelin off the top 10 list.
We truly understand what is at stake with an activity like this and the interest it generates. We have been working for the last several months on the logistics and we are in the process of gathering all the equipment that will be shipped to Reunion island before we bring it with us to Tromelin.
As you know operations from isolated islands are expensive adventures. To go to Tromelin we have to charter a plane that is approved by the authorities to fly the team and the equipment. This is the largest item of expenditure. Except for military airplanes only small aircraft can land on the runway which implies that several rotations between Reunion and Tromelin will be needed, be they on the way in or the way out.
Statistics speak for themselves. Whatever the continent, Tromelin is a DXCC entity that is very rare and that several thousand DXers throughout the world would love to work.
We will be active from 160 to 10m in CW/SSB and RTTY. Openings towards the USA and Japan are short. We will do our utmost to give this entity to worldwide deserving hams while openings last.
We will take into consideration the information that our pilot stations will give us to make Tromelin sure that propagation conditions and feedback from the ham radio community are utilized in the best way.
Let’s talk about budget
Because it is important that we keep logistic costs under control we have made a list of equipment that have to meet three main criteria: weight, performance and reliability.
Thanks to the invaluable help of several commercial sponsors we hope to be able to limit our expenditure without falling short on the efficacy and the quality of our signals. The equipment graciously lent by our sponsors will add to our personal equipment that we bring.