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Re: Swan Island DXpedition update



Well, the "23 hour boat ride" took 31 hours, rough
seas and slow going.  I was not too active on the LEOs
due to the conditions, although had a lot of fun
working MM on HF from the bridge.

We landed about 2:30pm and worked fantically to get
set up before dark.  One HF SSB station is in
operation this evening, although we are having
technical problems with the generators and some rigs.

Boyd and I worked late to get the 2m station up, the
6m antenna goes up in the morning.  We made one EME
qso with W5UN and then lost the amp, may be just a
cable issue.

Look for us on Ping Jockeys in the morning.

73, Bill NZ5N 

Worked our very first QSO of the expedition with W5VG
on AO-27 with the HT and the Arrow before the
generators were turned on.  Also worked a few on AO-51
this evening.  But please folks on the FM birds, stand
by and give everyone a chance to work us and get the
new grid.
--- Bill Dzurilla <billdz.geo@yahoo.com> wrote:

> The boat is repaired and we leave for Swan at 1200z
> on
> Sunday.  Arrive early Monday.  We will have a
> maritime
> mobile op on HF and LEOs all day tomorrow.  Moonrise
> at 2030z on Monday and we will be on 6 and 2 eme
> then.
>  Will try meteor scatter on Tuesday morning after
> moonset.
> 73, Bill NZ5N
> --- Bill Dzurilla <billdz.geo@yahoo.com> wrote:
> 
> > due to mechanical problem with the boat, we are
> > stuck
> > in trujillo, grid ek66, and will not arrive at
> swan
> > island until monday.  will be operating on hf and
> > the
> > sats tonite and saturday, we may also break out
> the
> > 2m
> > yagi and amp for a little eme and ms, but it would
> > be
> > difficult to unpack and repack.  will be on so50
> at
> > 0400z friday evening.
> > 73, bill
> > --- Bill Dzurilla <billdz.geo@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > 
> > > It looks like a go for the HQ6A expedition this
> > > weekend.  The 6m and 2m gear has arrived safely
> in
> > > Honduras, so let's hope for favorable
> propogation.
> > 
> > > I
> > > arrive in San Pedro Sula, EK65, on Thursday
> > > afternoon.
> > >  At the very least, I hope to make some
> satellite
> > > contacts from there on Thursday evening and
> Friday
> > > morning.  On Friday, we go by land to Trujillo,
> > > EK75,
> > > then 23 hours by boat, leaving Saturday morning,
> > > through grid EK76, and arriving at our
> > destination,
> > > Big Swan Island, EK87, on Sunday morning. 
> > Satellite
> > > contacts should be possible from any of these
> > > locations, and I know a major HF operation is
> > > planned
> > > from the boat, but since the amps and big
> antennas
> > > are
> > > packed up it seems doubtful any serious EME or
> > > meteor
> > > work can be done before we get to the island,
> > maybe
> > > if
> > > lucky some 6m E skip with a small antenna.
> > > 
> > > We will have internet and will post news on
> > > reflectors
> > > and DX clusters.  Log and other info on our
> > website
> > > at
> > >  http://www.hondurasdx.com/. 
> > > 
> > > 73, Bill NZ5N  
> > > 
> > > 
> > >      
> > >
> >
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