1965-67 DXPEDITION BULLETIN 14 Mauritius Don Miller, W9WNV 4 October 1967 Dear Fellow DXer, The time has come to bring you up to date on the DXpedition and once again ask your continued support. I'll attempt to give you all the details and let you decide whether it is worthwhile, at this stage, to continue or quit the DXpedition. A self-addressed envelope is provided, and we would greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions, and any support you can give at this time. If adequate finances permit, we will continue; if not,contributions will be returned to those donating,and the DXpedition will be terminated. Whatever does happen, I want to take this opportunity,on behalf of all those connected with this expedition, to thank each and every one of you for your encouragement and support. Few amateurs realize just how much planning and effort are involved in a venture of this magnitude (the Dxpedition has been on all seven continents), and just how discouraged one can get with all the obstacles, both deliberate and incidental (hi). I'll try to bring you up to date, in outline form: 1. Bill, WA6SBO, and myself left the States 3 months ago; en route to this area it was necessary to make arrangements for future operations, meet with DX organizations (mostly in Europe), conduct a great deal of research and supply information regarding the ARRL mess and the legal complications, and arrange for transporting our gear, Our funds were in fair shape at that time. 2. By the time the Dxpedition actually was underway, however, we were burdened by mounting expenses; these included expenses connected with the ARRL crisis (it is difficult to combat the degrading material published by ARRL at the expense of thousands of dollars) expenses for transportation of gear (about double what we had anticipated), expenses connected with Bill's urgent and unexpected return home, and various miscellaneous expenditures that were not anticipated. 3. It was quite clear we were in poor shape, but at least we were able to secure trans- portation for a reasonable price (Indian Ocean) and start rolling again, with operations from St. Brandon and Rodrigues Islands. The bands had seemed quite "dead" but the activity, on all bands, was well worth while. 4. An emergency at home necessitated Bill's untimely return to the States; it looks quite unlikely that we will join up again before long. This was quite a disappointment for both of us; Bill put a great deal of effort and time into the planning of the Dxpedition and deserves much of the credit for successfully launching the Dxpedition again. 5. Larry Page, WB2DHF, obtained the Mauritius license, VQ8CC, and the two of us worked together on these operations; Steven Gibbs, VQ8CC, joined us for the Rodrigues opera- tion. Both Larry and Steve deserve a great deal of credit for the operating and physical work involved. Larry will probably accompany me for future operations in this area, although this is not quite definite. 6. The ARRL Awards Committee has been supplied with the following documents to verify the operations from St. Brandon and Rodrigues Islands: Original of License, original of statement, signed by Island Manager and Meteorological Officers at St. Brandon, stating we were there, original of receipt for travel to and from Rodrigues Island via commer- cial ship, telegrams indicating arrangements for accommodations at Rodrigues, original of letter from private lessee of St. Brandon giving us permission to land and visit, and so on. We weren't sure whether or not this would be required, but I did not want to take any chances that QSL cards would be rejected, even temporarily, for these operations. The Statement from the Awards Committee in May indicated the new policy of requiring these, but it was not quite clear whether they should be submitted auto- matically, or whether they should be sent only at the Committee's request. Just to be on the safe side, they were submitted by registered air mail. We hope to have word from the Committee on how to handle this in the future and, as I promised the Directors in May, we will continue to cooperate with the Committee on future operations and be quite careful to document everything, so that no misunderstanding or rejection of cards can possibly occur.
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