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TX5C - Clipperton 2008 Dxpedition on 160m - Start up...

8. března 2008 v 9:37 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports
TX5C is close to start their operation
The team is working hard on the both CW/SSB camps now. As the CW camp is almost finished the TX5C is close to start of their operation on the air. All is depending to local weather situation.
Be prepared to looking for them on 160m according to propagation forecast and their band plan.
I will post more details about 160m operation immediatelly when they will be on that band. The TX5C News by date I will be posting as comments below that article in "Komentáře" section.
73, Petr OK1RP
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1 Petr, OK1RP Petr, OK1RP | E-mail | Web | 9. března 2008 v 0:03 | Reagovat

TX5C News - 8Mar08

Turns out it was very much yesterday today than it was the day before.  The clouds that were present at dawn disappeared by 7am allowing for the full force of the south pacific sun to express itself.  By 10:30am, it was 110 degrees at our base camp and hotter at the CW station.  The heat has compounded our work load and Arnie, N6HC had his hands full dealing with sunburns and mandatory work and water breaks every 30 minutes to ensure each team member's safety.  By 1pm the heat was so intense our work pace drew to a crawl.  With safety being our main concern, we cut back our work loads until it was bearable later in the day to resume.  By mid afternoon, some cloud appeared and we were able to continue erecting our antennas and complete our operating stations.  Both the cw and ssb camp are very near completion. the few antennas remaining to be erected at daybreak.

We are approximately 24 hours behind our intended schedule, but believe now that the majority of the work is behind us with the remaining antenna erection to be completed at daybreak while temperatures are bearable.  We anticipate being on the air with both CW and SSB stations by midday.

At 1800z, we're very close to coming on the air.

2 Petr, OK1RP Petr, OK1RP | E-mail | Web | 9. března 2008 v 9:56 | Reagovat

TX5C is on the air now.

They operated on 160m also. Unfortunatelly sigs came thru EU very weak between 03:00 - 04:30Z and ops worked mostly US station first night. TX5C operation started on Topband around 02:00Z using split UP2. At 03:00Z ops worked USA using split UP3...

Petr OK1RP

3 Petr, OK1RP Petr, OK1RP | E-mail | Web | 10. března 2008 v 22:11 | Reagovat

TX5C now focusing to EU.

As TX5C team worked during first night and day after mostly US stations lot of operators from EU was very angry. Well I have to confirm that when I checked the statistics they really worked only 5% of total with EU untill now.

According to the team announcement they are focusing to the EU stations on the bands. So chance to work them from EU goes up.

Please be patient on the bands -> nobody know in which conditions TX5C team works so its not fair to say "they are bd ops" or "not as gd as VP6DX" etc. In fact I never heard so mni cops and lids on bands as I hear on their QRGs!

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