P5, DPRK, The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will hopefully be on the air early 2016.
Dom (3Z9DX) will be headed to the DPRK for a 5 day, one man, one band, SSB only operation with 100 watts and a vertical.
You may remember Dom from many of his past DXpeditions, most recently his operation from Cocos Island as TI9/3Z9DX. Dom is one helluva’ traveling DXpeditioneer. He’s a man’s man. He doesn’t play games like many self proclaimed “expert” DXpeditioneers do, he just does.
I’ve been snooping around the Internet lately reading hundreds of forum and Website comments from DXers on Dom’s P5 plan. Everybody is giving him advice on how to operate, when to operate, what equipment to take, what antennas to use, etc. Just under the so-called “expert advice” being sent his way, there’s the beggars pestering him with band/mode requests. Dig a little deeper past the beggars and there’s even some telling him to build a Website (with details) or to publish his permits, contracts and licensing authority on the Internet so they can have a warm fuzzy feeling before they send him a dime. It’s all comical to me.
Me, me, me! They’ll give him a donation if he plays their way, but they’re surely expecting a quiet return on their investment. Sound familiar? Politics for one come to mind. “Show me what you can do for me and I’ll send you a lil’ something in return”. Pool your money in some PAC (Political Action Committee) and expect your guy (or gal) to do your PAC some favors. It’s the way global business has been done for thousands of years, right?
But see, this isn’t business, it’s a hobby. If he has a chance to pull it off and operate from P5, why would anybody in this hobby stand in his way?
I’ve read some of Dom’s replies and they make me laugh. He and his replies are a breathe of fresh air. He’s a black and white no-nonsense kinda’ guy. You want to help him? Fine. You wanna’ tell him what to do? Good luck with that. Several large DX Associations and foundations have decided not to donate. Several radio manufacturers have decided not to donate. These groups have agendas and requirements that must be met before they open their checkbooks. Some issues are political in nature (sanctions), some issues are because Dom will not be “locked” into their agenda(s). He stands his ground – firmly and unwavering.
Since many foundations and clubs either won’t or cannot assist Dom, it comes down to us; the individual DXers of the world to step up and fill the void here. If you feel so inclined (and you’re not looking for a return), Dom will accept your kind donation so he can upgrade a rig he’s taking (and leaving) in the DPRK. You can send Dom a Paypal to: email@example.com
Personally, I was happy to donate to his recent Cocos Island DXpedition, and I was more than happy to help him along with his P5 plan. No agenda, no requests, no advice and no expectations. Refreshing!
Here’s a thread you can read on eHam.net – started by Dom a couple weeks ago (with information directly from Dom himself) – P5 eHam Thread by 3Z9DX.
And finally a note in Polish to Dom if he reads this, Powodzenia Bracie!