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K4M Midway 2009 DXpedition DVD Reviews: 2 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $25
Description: DVD documentary of the 2009 K4M DXpedition to Midway Atoll.
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VU2CDP Rating: 5/5 May 22, 2010 07:06 Send this review to a friend
Another masterpiece  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
James has a knack of producing fabulous videos. The K4M DVD is another presentation from the DXpeditioner cum videographer extraordinaire. Not only does it capture the beauty of the place but also gives the history of a not-so-well-known spot on the planet. And this goes for all his past productions too. The planning, the location, the pileups, the people- James always does a great job of bringing world class DXpeditions to the living room. Even if it's not ham radio, the reason for watching his DVDs are the historical significances and other information brought out of the far flung places he has visited. This, as well as all the other titles published, are 'National Geographic material'.

We look forward to the VP8O video :-)
ZL2AL Rating: 5/5 Apr 8, 2010 19:16 Send this review to a friend
5 Stars!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
James Brooks, 9V1YC is a master at telling a DXpedition story. This latest effort chronicling K4M on Midway Island is an absolute delight to watch. You join the team at the airport waiting for their chartered aircraft which has been delayed with mechanical problems. Eventually the team is on it’s way to Midway with only the loss of a few days operating time. Their permit is for a specific length of stay and cannot be varied. The theme of the video is the history of the island over the past few hundred years and the wildlife of this environmental gem. James includes historic clips of the island’s rich history and how it finally became a US wildlife reserve in 1988. The K4M team had to agree to the rules of the US Forest and Wildlife to use verticals only and no yagis. It is an amazing sight to see these monstrous antennas on the beach festooned with thousands of short pieces of plastic tape to prevent the bird strikes. Spectacular sunsets, pristine beaches, historical abandoned buildings and tons of leftover junk are all documented along with great interviews with the US Forest and Wildlife Service resident manager on the island.

Few camera men can capture pileups like James. His SSB and CW operating clips feature superb quality video and audio feeds. You feel like you are in the chair shoveling out the endless pileups. James is an experienced DXpeditioner himself and he interviews the operators from their point of view and catches their innermost thoughts of DXing and Dxpeditions on camera. K4M, unlike many Dxpeditions had the luxury of operating from a location with a small resident population of workers. Three meals a day and satellite TV was a bonus to this highly skilled team who managed over 61,000 QSOs and it is interesting to note that nearly 70% was on CW. The video is just as interesting to non amateurs as it is for amateurs and a “must have” in your video library. I rate it 5 stars. It is available online at

73, Lee ZL2AL, ZL7AA, ZL7T, ZL8RI, ZL9CI, ZM2M

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