After 18 months of intensive planning, the 14-member international VP6D team now is en route on the long voyage to Ducie Island from Mangareva, French Polynesia, aboard the MV Braveheart. The team rendezvoused in Tahiti before flying to Mangareva and set sail on October 16. The DXpedition is scheduled to begin on October 20 and continue until November 3. VP6D will use DXA to post contacts on a near real-time basis. Logs will be uploaded daily to VP6D (there is no leader board) and, ultimately, to Logbook of The World (LoTW).
VP6D will be using FT8 protocol (WSJT-X version 1.91) as a “fox” on all bands except 16 meters where DXpedition mode will not be used. The team has posted FT8 operating guidelines on its website. Software should be configured in “hound” mode. Operators hoping to work VP6D on FT8 must add the DXpedition’s frequencies to WSJT-X.