Things change! Due to transportation and accomodations changes, we have decided to go back to the French Australs. Still pretty high on the “most wanted” list. Will stay at the same spot we were last year in Feb 2017 (australs2017.com) but will have all the changes posted initially on both this and the australs2018.com websites. Stay tuned.

Plans are for operators to be W5MJ, K4UEE, K5PI, W5SJ and W5RF.

Yes we are planning for FT-8 DXpedition mode… Yes we are talking about a 6 meter capability.

Robert Feldtman - W5RF

Licensed in high school in 1962 as WA5CLA,  Bob built his 304TL AM amplifier and enjoyed the early days of AM.. Now, after medical school and heart surgery training with Dr DeBakey in Houston, and retired from the USAF Reserve as a Colonel, Dr. Feldtman continues to practice cardiovascular surgery in Dallas and chase DX on CW and SSB. Bob attained Extra class, a W5RF vanity call and DXCC in 1981 now at 307 countries confirmed and counting.

Enjoying the Tonga experience (A35T), French Australs (TX5T) and a Turks and Caicos week (VP5/W5RF), Bob will serve as team doctor and primitive webmaster. He also enjoys flying with 2700 hrs flight time and ratings for SEL, MEL and instrument flying. Other hobbies include hunting and fishing as well. His  travel has included medical missions work in Kenya, Thailand, Mexico. A fly fishing rod may be in order for this trip.

Bob is a >50 year member of the ARRL, TXDS and Central Texas DX Contest Club. He is also enjoying using remote radio operation of his equipment.

Madison Jones - W5MJ - Team leader

My first adventure with amateur radio started with the construction of a Heathkit AR-1 receiver in 1954. It did not pass the Smoke Test but it did get me into the hobby. Since I live in an antenna-restricted area, I am forced to go places, doing mostly CW in a variety of locations.  Here is what I remember of the places outside the US:

⋅ Mexico XE5KB, XA5T, 6D2YFM

⋅ Falkland Islands VP9WMJ, VP8WWW

⋅ Malta 9H3V

⋅ Mozambique C91TX, C91MJ

⋅ India VU3JMB

⋅ Lackshadweep Islands VU7RG

⋅ Micronesia [Kosrae, Pohnpei] V63MJ

⋅ Palau T88TV

⋅ Lesotho 7P8MJ

⋅ Nicaragua YN2MJ

   Tonga A35T. 

   Bhutan XZ1A 

   French Australs TX5T

Robert Allphin, JR - K4UEE


With the completion of the very successful K1N DXpedition to Navassa Island, K4UEE has reached a milestone in his ham radio “career”.  He has now participated in, led, or co-led DXpeditions to ELEVEN of the DXCC “top 10 most wanted”.  They are Baker/Howland (#8), Heard Island (#4), Bhutan (#3), South Sandwich Islands (#6), South Georgia Island (#10), Peter I Island (#4), Lakshadweep (#2), Desecheo Island (#6), Saba/St. Eustatius (all-time new one), Amsterdam/St. Paul (# 4) and now Navassa Island (#1).  In 2012, the HKØNA Malpelo Island DXpedition ranked #12 "most wanted", set a new World Record for QSOs for non-hotel, non fly-in DXpeditions.

Since retiring fifteen years ago to pursue DXpeditioning more or less full time, Bob has participated in ten MAJOR DXpeditions that have made over 1.25 million QSOs. He has ELEVEN "DXpedition of the Year" plaques hanging on his wall.

He is an active contester and has participated in 38 contest DXpeditions. From the mid- 80s through the early 2000s, Bob set five single operator/single band World Records and was a competitor in two World Radio Team Championships (WRTC) events in 1996 and 2000.

Bob is a member of the CQ DX Hall of Fame, Board of Directors of INDEXA, current President of The KP1-5 Project, and former Chairman of the ARRL DX Advisory Committee (DXAC).  He is a member of the VooDoo Contest Group, FOC (First Class Operator Club), A-1 Operators Club, the Southeastern DX Club Hall of Fame.

Robert Brandon - K5PI

Robert K5PI has been an active contester and DXer since he was first licensed in 1977.  For almost 20 years, he has maintained the W5KFT station and operates most major CW contests from there.  He also has operated ARRL DX CW for the last 11 years as V3T or V31TP.  He's also operated contests from ZF1A, HC8N, and many great central Texas stations.  He's achieved DXCC Honor Roll from his tribander-and-wires station in Austin, Texas, where he's lived for many years. 



Licensed in 1955 as WN5KGJ, Bill participated in emergency communications following an area tornado and as a result was awarded a Junior Red Cross trip to Japan at age 16.  During a stopover in Hawaii, he was able to meet and make Q’s from the QTH of KH6BLI who he had worked on the 40 meter novice band and then, while in Japan, operated from KA3GG – THE DX BUG HAD LEFT ITS BITE!


Bill holds DXCC #1; he has served as President of Arkansas DX Association and the Lone Star DX Association.  He achieved tops in SA one year in Top Band CQ WW CW from PR0F and also entered the same contest from his calls, VP2EJ and ZF2EZ.  He also has VP2MSJ, J79SJ, V31SJ, as well as previous calls from C6A, J3, J6, VP2V, KH6, VP9, PJ7, etc.  He is a new member of CW Ops #1980 and has been active in Wednesday’s CWT when in town.  He is a fan of QRO AND QRP and has used both on his holiday style jaunts in the Caribbean. 


Pix:  J6/W5SJ, 20 M, 1 watt transceiver w/vert – best DX: VU, 4X, ZL!


© Robert Feldtman 2018