With the recent successes of the EU-VK, EU-NA, and VK-NA events, it makes sense to have a similar event with JA. Already on the calendar is the NA QRPTTF/SOTA event on 22 Apr, so there will be many NA operators that day. Toru JH0JCH has agreed to post the event on the JA mailing list. All that's needed is for people to be active during the propagation window between JA-NA.
Some observations from prior events:
Having multiple operators on each side increases the chance of success. Prior to the EU-NA event I didn't have any EU S2S, during the event I had 14. I had one coveted VK-NA qso during that experiment.
Multiband capability is productive. The ability to do 20m-17m-15m doubled the number of contacts I had for the EU-NA event over my originally planned 20m only ops.
Alerting on SOTAwatch well in advance is important. People need to be assured that there are operators out there. If you can commit to this, let us know!
As has been commented on the reflector previously, there are winners and losers for coordinated transcontinental QSOs. We need JA operators early in their day, and NA operators need to be on-the-air when JA opens.
Respond to this thead with a statement of interest (especially JA people!) so we can gauge who's out there.
Note: for JA operators the window is the morning of 23 Apr.
Cheers and 73, Kevin AC2KL