RSGB 2021 Online Convention presentation – VP8PJ 2020 – DXpedition to the South Orkney Islands
Gene Spinelli, K5GS
During February and March of 2020, Gene, K5GS was among a team of amateur radio operators who set off on a journey that took them to Signy Island, located in the Southern Ocean at 60°43’S 45°36’W, part of the South Orkney Islands group. Departing from Punta Arenas, Chile, where they met the expedition vessel Braveheart, they travelled southeast for 6 days to reach the island. The team camped on the island for 14 days, operated radios 24 hours a day, and left the island as they found it, with no sign there were ever there. This was one of the last DXpeditions to take place before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and getting home proved to be tricky in several cases.