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Author Topic: The TX5K Team Has Arrived at Clipperton!  (Read 4080 times)
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« on: February 26, 2013, 09:22:45 PM »

Full story on the blog:

http://ky6r.com/2013/02/27/the-shogun-has-arrived-at-clipperton/

Enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 05:12:00 AM »

Good luck to the team, and thank you for all the updates!
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 09:07:37 AM »

Their signal on 20 and 17M - even just using 100 watts to an R7 vertical - or half wave dipole has been S9 +20. I think this is going to be a lot of fun.

I can't wait for 160 and 6M.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 10:09:34 AM »

Their signal on 20 and 17M - even just using 100 watts to an R7 vertical - or half wave dipole has been S9 +20. I think this is going to be a lot of fun.

I can't wait for 160 and 6M.

This should be like PT0S without as much European dominance.
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2013, 11:34:48 AM »

This should be like PT0S without as much European dominance.

I think because there are so many stations - and so many really great operators, all parts of the world should do just fine. Cycle 24 may not be the hottest thing under the sun [cymbal crash!], but anything seems better than 2008 - 2009 as far as propagation is concerned.

I have actually had more fun doing this behind scenes work than I ever would have expected. Its been a total blast - DX-ing - plus a skill I haven't done since the 70's - sending and receiving Health and Welfare "traffic" via ham radio to and from team members and their families.

And recording stuff and writing the blog - and updating the Web Site. Very busy - but very happy busy!
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 08:01:47 AM »

I just looked at the blog...and it appears they were kept from landing yesterday...27th...and will try again this morning...28th.  73...Sam W8VVE
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 11:27:14 AM »

How do they plan on getting the ATV onto the Island?   It's not going to hold in a zodiac, at least not safely!
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2013, 03:08:27 PM »

How do they plan on getting the ATV onto the Island?   It's not going to hold in a zodiac, at least not safely!


They brought a long snorkel.
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013, 03:42:17 PM »

How do they plan on getting the ATV onto the Island?   It's not going to hold in a zodiac, at least not safely!

They have a special large raft.

http://ky6r.com/2013/02/28/tx5k-has-landed/

They have a lot set up today (camp and infrastructure and life support) - and some start on the antennas. Radios will be sent to the island tomorrow.
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2013, 04:51:27 PM »

How do they plan on getting the ATV onto the Island?   It's not going to hold in a zodiac, at least not safely!

I thought that is why they were called ATV's in the first place?
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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2013, 07:29:07 PM »

First picture from "Camp TX5K":

http://ky6r.com/2013/03/01/first-picture-of-camp-tx5k/

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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2013, 07:33:51 PM »

Glad to see that everyone made it ashore ok. 
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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2013, 02:04:48 PM »

How do they plan on getting the ATV onto the Island?   It's not going to hold in a zodiac, at least not safely!

I thought that is why they were called ATV's in the first place?

T=Terrain (not like dropping it into 30ft of water where the boat is anchored. ATV's don't float, at least not right side up, they quickly flip over and either sink or float with the tires up in the air, the ones that float are the bigger ones with huge tires the smaller ATVs just sink.
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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2013, 04:29:28 PM »

So, I think I worked them today on 17m CW, but my antenna isn't great and I am not 100% sure.  This same thing happened when I worked VP8ORK -- I almost did not log it because I wasn't sure it really happened (much trying, heavy QRM, and the 'was that my call i just heard them confirm or am i dreaming it?' phenomenon). 

I seem to have better luck getting ATNO's when the East and West Coasts aren't closer to the DXpedition than I am  Wink

Anyone know if they plan to upload logs every day? Google helped me find this:

http://www.clublog.org/logsearch/TX5K
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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2013, 04:38:21 PM »

It sure doesn't seem like they are very active or have the best antenna setup yet, that's for sure. I don't see them spotted at all right now, and when they were on earlier today I didn't hear a peep on any band. I realize that band conditions are not the best, but Clipperton should be a easy one from my location.

John K7KB
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