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Clipperton 2000 DXpedition Underway!

from W2IJ/PA1AW Press Release on February 23, 2000
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As you all know, the Clipperton2000 expedition has been in preparation for the past year. The group left the San Diego marina on board the Shogun at midnite Feb 22, 2000. Assuming the boat averages the same speed as was encountered on the 1992 Clipperton operation, it will be about 6 days of travel time to get to the island.

It may take the good part of a day to find a safe landing spot and send the crew in to check out the landing site. Thereafter, one could expect about 10- 15 hours to bring in equipment and setup the basic camp. These assumptions are based on the conditions that were experienced during the 1992 Clipperton operation. There will be 2 pilot stations for the Clipperton2000 operation. Alex (PA1AW) will be handling the European front and Jay (W2IJ) will handle the remaining parts of the globe.

The team will be using the standard DX frequencies. They are:
SSB: 50115, 28475, 24945, 21295, 18145, 14195, 7065, 3799
CW: 50115, 28025, 24895, 21025, 18075, 14025, 10106, 7005, 3505, 1828.5
RTTY: 28080, 21080, 14080

The Pilot Stations are established to pass data to and from the team on the island and while they are at sea. We ask the DX community to forward their comments (pro and con) to the applicable pilot station. Please keep the message brief as we expect hundreds of comments early on in the operation. It will be our job to read all the traffic and summarize the data to be passed to the team nightly. The data passed will be used by the team to adjust, as required, the methodology used by the operators of the team. We will also be passing data to/from the families of the operators.
Data in the messages to the PILOTS may include:
(1) Operator control of the pileups
(2) Split operation procedures (too big a split, too small a split, etc)
(3) time of day signals first/last heard and the paths (short, long) of theses signals
(4) all constructive comments

The pilot stations will also inform the DX community about the status on the island and possible (forced) changes in the operating procedures. The pilot stations will not answer any individual questions nor arrange schedules. The role of the pilot station is to assist the expedition, whenever possible, in being as successful as possible.

The Pilots email addresses are :
For PA1AW          (EUROPE ONLY)

The operators scheduled for this operation are:
Eddie Stark, EA3NY
Willy Rüsch, HB9AHL
Koji Fukui, JK7TKE
Bob Allphin, K4UEE
Doug Faunt, N6TQS
John Kennon, N7CQQ
Mike Goode, N9NS
Jim Mornar, N9TK
Charlie Hansen, N0TT
Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW
Doug Renwick, VE5RA
James Brooks, 9V1YC

The Clipperton Website is

73 and good hunting, 

Jay W2IJ and Alex PA1AW

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Clipperton 2000 DXpedition Underway!  
by KJ4RR on February 25, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
Clipperton 2000 DXpedition Underway!  
by WA5WHN on February 24, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
According to VOCAP, from the SW USA {DM65} the VOCAP predictions indicate MUF above 10 meters from 1430 UT to about 0200 UT. Keep those 6 meters antennas pointed south {185 deg magnetic}. :-)

I will start looking on Feb. 29th UTC.

72 {QRP 73}...Jay
Clipperton 2000 DXpedition Underway!  
by N6AFI on February 23, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
Great to see this type of timely reporting & interaction.... this is what the internet does best
Clipperton 2000 DXpedition Underway!  
by RobertKoernerExAE7G on November 10, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
Have they landed yet? It is Novemeber already!
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