Thursday, December 16, 2021

Swains Island DXpedition Postponed

The planned W8S DXpedition to Swains Island in American Samoa has been postponed until March of 2023. 

According to a post on, a combination of continued COVID travel restrictions, a limited number of flights from Hawaii to American Samoa to begin with, and the involvement of two team members in the planned 3Y0J Bouvet expedition in late 2022 led to the conclusion that "(t)he risk is too great to travel to Swains in the spring of 2022." 

Team leader Ronald Stuy, PA3EWP, assured DXers that the trip was only postponed, not cancelled, and noted that the delay should help offer improved propagation on the higher bands due to the rising sunspot cycle.