The Five Star DXers Association (FSDXA) was formed following a DXpedition to the Spratly Islands (Layang Layang) in 1998. This DXpedition used the call 9M0C. The thirteen operators and their support team amassed 65,569 contacts, making it one of the most successful DXpeditions up to that time. After the trip members of the team wrote a book showing how the trip was planned. 'DXpeditioning: Behind the Scenes' has become a must-read for any DXpedition.
Building on the success of the first trip, FSDXA started planning a visit to another rare spot. The chosen location was the Comoros in 2001 with the call D68C. A larger operation than 9M0C, some 26 operators travelled to the Indian Ocean with the secret intent of making 100,000 contacts. By the end of the operation, the team had logged 168,722 contacts - far in excess of even their wildest dreams.
Then again, in 2004, FSDXA travelled to Rodrigues – 3B9C and returned home after 153,000 QSOs.
You can see the pattern here - every three years a major DXpedition by FSDXA. September 2007
With four successful operations completed, FSDXA looked for a new opportunity for a 2011 DXpedition. This time we sought a location in the Pacific and decided that T32 Kiritimati would be ideal for a major effort.
was to 3B7C, Saint Brandon (Isle du Sud). The team achieved 137,500 QSOs, working 33,760 unique call signs and setting a new record for 30m QSOs.
Part of the mission of FSDXA is to provide amateurs around the world with the opportunity for at least one contact with our station. Contacts should be possible from the most modest station. From D68C, a Canadian station running 50mw SSB and another using hand-held on 10FM from San Diego, California made solid contacts.