Montserrat Press Release
Date: 22 August 2006
Contact: B. Scott Andersen (NE1RD)
614 Old Stone Brook
Acton, MA 01718
Phone: (978) 263-9617
BUMS GROUP ANNOUNCE DXPEDITION TO MONTSERRAT
Acton, MA — August 22, 2006 — The Buddipole Users on Monserrat (BUMS) will mount a DXpedition to the island of Montserrat from January 29th to Feburary 6th 2007. The team members include Budd Drummond (W3FF), Chris Drummond (W6HFP), Dan Gagnon (WZ1P), Paul Van Dyke (KB9AVO), Mike Greenwood (KC4VG), and B. Scott Andersen (NE1RD).
The DXpedition team will pack light in the style of a 100 pound DXpedition (http://100pounddxpedition.blogspot.com) taking only lightweight transceivers and portable antennas. The maximum equipment weight taken to the island will be 100 pounds per person. With this lightweight equipment, the team plans many on-island portable operations in the hills, on the beach, and from the volcano observatory on the southern part of the island.
VP2M call signs for team members, QSL information, operating frequencies, and operating schedules will be released prior to the team’s departure in January 2007. Please check our web site http://dxpedition-vp2m.com/ for more information.
Montserrat, often called the Emerald Island of the Caribbean, got its name from Christopher Columbus in 1493 during his second trip to the New World. It is roughly 102 square kilometers (39 square miles) and is a territory of the United Kingdom.
It was a popular tourist destination rivaling many of its neighbors until July of 1995 when the Soufriere Hills volcano began a long and violent eruption which eventually buried the island’s capital Plymouth with over 12 meters (40 feet) of mud and debris. The Southern half of the island remains uninhabitable. The northern half, however, continues to retain its charm which now includes a magnificent view of a still active volcano.
The DXpedition premiere sponsor is Buddipole Antennas (http://www.buddipole.com) who will be supplying antennas to the team for this trip.
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