In close cooperation with Alex Jennings, the representative of Swains Island, the team has decided to postpone the W8S DXpedition to Swains Island to autumn of 2020. The reason behind this postponement is the travel restrictions when entering American Samoa, restrictions imposed by the Department of Health of American Samoa as a result of the Corona virus outbreak. The Department of Health allows non-residents to enter American Samoa only via Hawaii, after a 14 days mandatory quarantine in Hawaii.
For the team this is not a workable situation. It would require extending the holiday time by an additional 2 weeks, re-routing of the flights and purchasing new tickets etc. Everything is prepared for our DXpedition, and we are eager to go, but unfortunately the Corona virus outbreak is out of our control. Although this is a disappointment for everyone, the W8S DXpedition is not cancelled, and the new dates are September 23 till October 6, 2020.
Our plan is as follows:
The international team of 10 operators will be active from Swains Island as W8S. We will be QRV on all HF bands in CW, SSB, FT8 and RTTY. Operation is from two separate camps on the island and each camp has two stations. We will run the 4 stations simultaneously, 24 hours a day.
After the operators fly in from Europe and the US, there is a 365 km long voyage by vessel that may take up to a full day and landing can only take place during high tide.
QSL manager: PG5M
Official web site: Swains2020