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TX5C - Clipperton 2008 Dxpedition on 160m - Operation

13. března 2008 v 22:58 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports
TX5C - News from 12 March 2008
Q's now total 41,564. Yesterday we had three major thunderstorms that tore up the camp. Generators in both the SSB and CW camps went down and took repairs to get back up. Winds toppled antennas and they had to be repaired. We lost our 15 meter SVDA in the SSB camp which was destroyed by the winds. We will attempt to straight out or replace the broken aluminum today. Two of our CW keyers went down and we cannot repair them. So our operators are sending cw the good old fashioned way but it's reducing our q rate. Morale is high and despite the weather we are all working as hard as we can. The thunderstorms are also causing our noise levels in the night to be extremely high. These thunderstorms have been increasing in size and frequency for the past several days. Although they blow through in about 15 minutes, they dump on average about an inch of rain or more and are accompanied by very strong gusting winds.
TX5C - Continents
By band - All modes
QSOs (with dupes)
BandEUNASAAFASOC
1600.40%97.80%0.50%0.40%0.90%
8011.00%71.50%0.80%0.40%14.20%2.00%
4024.00%49.30%1.60%0.80%23.00%1.40%
3013.50%65.90%0.70%0.30%19.20%0.40%
2012.00%76.00%1.80%0.20%7.20%2.70%
177.00%78.90%2.00%0.50%10.40%1.20%
152.50%79.10%4.50%0.90%12.20%0.80%
120.10%91.60%3.70%0.30%3.40%0.80%
100.20%89.50%7.20%0.10%2.20%0.90%
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Well according to comments coming from the TX5C team it seems that the operating conditions on the island are extremely strange. Lot of storms and uncomfortable humidity/temp may impact the operator's job !
I would like to ask everybody to be patient on the bands. In fact I never read as mni stupid spots and comments on DX-Cluster as for TX5C. I never read so mni crying like "they not focusing for my direction, they calling this instead of that, they are not on this band, why not cw now, why not split wider..." etc. like I read for last 5 days. I am pretty sure that most of spots originators never been on any DX-expedition like that and nobody know in which current conditions TX5C team works on the island.
So STOP Your cry-spots, stop Your comments, stop Your mentoring "how they should do it" and ensure that YOUR behaviour is correct on the bands. Please ensure that You are not calling them more the 1-2max., You are not making cop on QRG, You are calling at right time (no reply with ..5abc when op asking 1yw?), You are calling when the path to TX5C is opened etc.
I would like to wish You good luck in the pile-ups and on the end of an article small notice...PLEASE awake to fact that TX5C team has not 2x 9 complete setups for CW/SSB available 24/7 so its not possible to compare them with other expeditions where they had it...
73, Petr OK1RP
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