Team Leader Chris Dimitrijevic VK3FY said “With this in mind and having a responsibility of duty of care for the operators, I’ve decided that the risks outweigh the hobby. With the notion of safety first above all else, the DXpedition is off for the foreseeable future.”
About 30 radio amateurs were to operate for three weeks from The Philippines controlled island of Thitu in January 2011. It was delayed and is now cancelled. The Spratlys between Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Brunei, and The Philippines is a much sought DX entity.
Chris VK3FY said, “This has been an extremely costly DXpedition. It’s hoped that each sponsor/club, understands the amounts of refunds to be sent to each and the team, may be less than the amount contributed.
“With sales of assets continuing and the final loan equipment arriving finally into the USA (due to the new home land security requirements) for redistribution to the owner, the books can be finalised and refunds begin once approved by the team.”
The cancellation has been made known widely and those involved are being kept informed.
Jim Linton VK3PC
DX0DX Public Affairs