WX causes early QRT of TX5C
As many of DX journals and bulletins reported (courtesy of Bernie at daily-dx) TX5C had big problems with local wx and even the set-up. On 14 March 08 was on the internet available information that due to consistently poor wx and rig problems from the wx it looks as if TX5C will QRT as early as Friday. They have been really beaten up by tropical storms and high temps!
Operators tried to be QRV as often as possible but unadequate conditions on the island impacted their operation so much that team had to change original plan to stay untill 17 March on the air.
TX5C - News from the team dated 15th March 2008
TX5C went QRT 1400z March 15th 2008, two days earlier than originally planned. Due to both weather and sea conditions, the Captain of the Shogun determined that an earlier departure was required to ensure the safety of his crew and our team. We began moving equipment offshore two days prior in challenging conditions. By the time the last team members were extracted from the atoll late in the day, all but one of the zodiac spare propellers had been broken on the reef. The Shogun pulled anchor at 0130z March 16th and as the sun set, the team watched Clipperton Atoll slowly fade from view.
TX5C made 71,794 qso's in 156 hours (6.5 days) of operating.
What we can say...? Well its just hobby and first of all we have to safe our health! So mni of operators in the world did not worked them and some of them will send negative comments for the TX5C operation for sure.
In my oppinion we should say "Thanks to the TX5C team for their effort"!
73, Petr OK1RP