7.12.2021 | Patrick ON4DCU decides to join us to Kapp Linné for the QO-100 DX-pedition

It was late November when we received the question from Patrick ON4DCU whether there was any possibility to participate in the QO-100 DX-pedition. A question we could not answer immediately. The arrangements had already been made, new arrangements had to be made and an extra snowmobile and extra security were needed.

But thanks to the good cooperation with Birgitte from “Basecamp Explorer” and Stefano and Anja from “Poli Arctici” we could tell Patrick a little bit later that everything was arranged and he could join.

An extra operator gives us more possibilities and pretty soon we asked ourselves if a second QO-100 station could not be part of the possibilities. We would give even more radio amateurs the chance to work this new QO-100 prefix.

A few days later we sent a new application to NKOM “Spectrum Department Norwegian Communications Authority” in Norway with the request to obtain a special callsign for the first QO-100 DX-pedition in Svalbard.

05.12.2021 | Alex ON6AJ Alex is working on the QO-100 station.

Alex ON6AJ is making the effort to get the first QO-100 station ready. Here are some pictures of the combined feed: 4.5 Turns Helix Uplink | Bulls Eye LNBF Downlink. The housing was made with a 3-D printer.

• Offset Dish: Triax TDS 100LG | Gain: 39.5dBi @ 11.7 Ghz. | F/D Ratio 0.62 | Beamwidth 2°

12.07.2021 | My dream is that your dreams become reality! Let’s go for it together

We had a plan and so many questions, but was our plan achievable? It took weeks of searching on Google and many emails to find the right person or company. With some we communicated for weeks and finally received a negative answer. The disappointment was often great and we had to start our search again from scratch.

We always kept hope that somewhere there had to be someone who was willing to put his shoulders under our project, someone who believed in our plans and wanted to go for it 200%.

We came into contact with Stefano Poli who started his own company “Poliarctici” in 1999 on Svalbard. Someone with more than 20 years of experience in this region and who gave us a good feeling very quickly.

After a few email messages Stefano sent, “My dream is, that your dreams come true and lets go for it together”. It felt good and we noticed very quickly that Stefano had a lot of experience and was very driven to reach our goal together.

Stefano emphasized that we needed to be aware that in the month of April it is still winter in Svalbard and the weather can be very inclement. We have to travel 100 km on a snowmobile in temperatures of -20° to -25° (wind chill may be even lower). In good weather this trip will take five hours, in bad weather we will quickly take more than 7 hours.

During this trip we will need for our own safety three guides, three snowmobiles with sled to transport the equipment, weapons, extra security etc. At our location we are not allowed to go outside to place antennas without extra security because we are in a “Wildlife area”.

Six months later we can finally say that we have a good plan and we are actually going to realize it. We have good agreements, contracts and the first advances have already been paid.

10.03.2021 | SG Laboratory has full confidence in our QO-100 Svalbard DX-pedition

Alex ON6AJ knew for a long time that we were planning a QO-100 DX-pedition to Svalbard. We still had so many things to get done and that in itself was quite a challenge. But Alex was confident that in terms of organization, things would turn out just fine. He discussed this with his friends from SG Laboratory in Bulgaria. They were immediately willing to support us in this new challenge.

Thanks to Alex ON6AJ for negotiating and SG Laboratory from Bulgaria for their trust in our JW0X QO-100 DX-pedition.