The annual LBI DXpedition fell victim to the 2020 pandemic, so we held a "virtual" DXpedition the weekend of Nov 5, 2020. Ralph Brandi graciously set up KiwiSDR receivers at his home near the New Jersey coast & attached them to antennas pointed toward Europe and Latin America. Brett Saylor also put a KiwiSDR online from his home in central Pennsylvania attached to a south-pointed BBL. Using our LBI Slack channel the virtual attendees we were able to share loggings from those (and other) recievers in real-time. Ralph recorded wide-band SDR files on Elad and Perseus receivers so, as with a "normal" DXpedition, we will have lots of files to go through in the coming months.
While the Slack chat experience was virtually identical to what we would have in "real-life" it was disappointing to not get together in person as we had done for the past two decades. On Friday evening attendees checked in via a Zoom video call to socialize and catch up on what we all had been doing through the pandemic.
We hope that, by the time LBI-20 rolls around in 2021, we will be able to assemble once again in-person.