My First DXpedition Experience!!

As many of you may have known, I was selected as part of an international team of Amateur Radio Operators to participate in one of the year’s larger radio expeditions….that of the ZL9HR 2012 Campbell Island NZ (OC-037) DXpedition.

Although it involved a substantial time away from home, it was an experience of a life-time for me.  As an avid Amateur Radio DXer, one who is involved with working other radio amateurs about the globe, it was an absolute thrill to be involved in the operational aspect of this radio expedition.  I cannot thank my wife, Valinda, enough for the understanding she has shown throughout this whole experience.  Since being selected for this Team in April, it seems every spare minute was devoted to some aspect of this adventure.  From being involved in the creating of facebook pages, twitter pages, assembling personal gear, devoting personal finances to the effort, packing gear/luggage, etc… it seems that all my thoughts and actions throughout the summer and fall were focused on this one singular event.

To my local ham radio friends… I cannot thank you enough for your support of me and of the ZL9HR DXpedition Team.

I will post more following the holidays regarding the DXpedition.

Speaking of the holidays….

My wish is for all of you to have a safe and joyous Holiday Season.  May your New Year’s dreams come true!

Let us not forget the reason for the season……

Luke 2:6-14  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  (7)  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  (8)  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  (9)  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  (10)  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  (11)  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  (12)  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  (13)  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  (14)  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Merry Christmas everyone!!