Project Star Reach (3B9C) – Bulletin No. 4
6 March 2004
This is the fourth bulletin concerning Project Star Reach, a project focused around a major expedition to Rodrigues Island, with the callsign 3B9C.
Remember, 3B9C is expected to hit the bands around midnight local (2000 GMT) on Friday 19th March, so not long to go now. The container of equipment has arrived on the island, and a final planning meeting has been held in the UK, attended by 17 of the team members.
We are also delighted to announce that Robert 3B9FR will join the team as a full member, taking time off work to be a part of 3B9C (he runs the island’s radio station). This will probably be the last bulletin before we head out to 3B9, but we will continue to post bulletins from the island, both on our Web page and to the major newsletters.
Arrangements are now in place for QSLing. This is a non-trivial task, with possibly in excess of 100,000 QSL requests to be handled in due course. The QSLing task will therefore be shared by a team of volunteers, centrally co-ordinated through StarQSL, a piece of software developed especially by John G3WGV for the purpose. Among other things, StarQSL allows bureau and Web requests to be handled (checked, validated) by any volunteer with Internet access, but with an option for QSL labels to be printed at a central point for handing in to the bureau.
Direct cards should be sent to FSDXA, PO Box 73, Church Stretton, SY6 6WF, UK. Bureau cards go via the RSGB bureau. There is also a form on the Web page for requesting bureau cards.
The Project Star Reach team believe that, with current levels of Internet use, the traditional concept of regional pilot stations is no longer applicable. Instead, there is a single e-mail address for contacting 3B9C. It is email@example.com. Messages will go direct to the island, and be dealt with by members of the team. Note that you will not receive a personal response and that responses will be placed on the web site. No skeds will be made (other than for EME), but we do want to hear your feedback on our operating - are we covering your area of the world properly, are we listening on frequencies which are clear and OK for your area, are there some important band openings we are missing, etc? Before you e-mail us, you should check the latest bulletins on this web site - we may already have answered your question!
3B9C Video - Buy One - Get One Free!
After D68C we were asked by a number of amateurs whether we were producing a video. At the time we were unable to put together something of a suitably high standard, though video footage did exist and has been shown many times throughout the world at major amateur radio conventions and meetings, including the Visalia breakfast meeting in April 2001. It has proved to be very popular indeed. We are delighted to announce that, if you order your souvenir copy of the 3B9C video, we will give you a copy of the as yet un-released "limited edition" D68C DXpedition video absolutely FREE! We're planning to produce a 45 minute video tape of the 3B9C DXpedition. This is an opportunity to have a real souvenir to remind you of your QSOs with us. All surplus funds from the sales of this combined video (total 90 minutes) will be used to fund future FSDXA DXpeditions. The video will be made and edited by Don G3BJ (of Chateau-ZF Productions). Don made the D68C video.
The prices are set out below and may be pre-ordered via PayPal (go to the 3B9C web site).
Any queries to Don G3BJ -