VK0EK – March 6 – April 20, 2016

The day of landing, the team was able to get the 30 and 40 m 4-squares erected, and partially completed a triband yagi. We opened with two stations, on 30 and 40 meters. This morning there was still a lot of work to be done on additional antennas, stations, and camp facilities. With no propagation on 30 and 40, radio operations went on hold and all hands went toward further setup. Around 1300 UTC the 30 m station was activated again. A few kinks with the IT system were worked out, and we now have more antennas and positions up. Only 40 and 30 are currently open (no 80 or 160 yet). We hope to be on all bands in the next few days. After a few technical difficulties on-island, DXA is working properly and you can check that you are in the log at http://dxa3.org The team members are all well, but very tired from long hours and tough work. We have mostly had good weather, and appreciate all the thoughts and support from our partners in the ham radio and scientific community.

6 thoughts on “Status Update – 3/24/2016 @ 17:47:

  1. Kay Schmieder says:

    Glad to hear all is well. Hope the team can get some well deserved rest.
    Kay

  2. Alan Eshleman K6SRZ says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for DXCC counter #340, which puts me at #1Honor Roll. From here on the West Coast, the morning path at 215 deg. (SSW) was definitely the best. On the eastern path last night I couldn’t hear a thing. You were quite loud at 1258 UTC when I heard you start up, but the signal faded pretty fast–propagation from the Antarctic must be tricky. KY6R’s “How to Work VK0EK” was very useful. I hope to make a SSB QSO sometime during the expedition. I’m guessing it’ll be 20 or 40 SSB, maybe from Spit. Great job with serious logistics. Stay safe and warm. 73, Alan/K6SRZ

  3. O Sweningsen says:

    Continuous callers that apparently cannot hear you pose a problem for your operators and the rest of us. Please make some stereo recordings of the pile-ups for presentation to Contest University, Dayton, et. al.

    1. ky6r says:

      Excellent idea!

      73 Neighbor,

      Rich

  4. Johannah S. says:

    Great pics of the tents, penguins, and set-up. More than anything, glad to hear you’ve landed safely and have a home base on land. Good luck with everything!
    -Johannah S.

  5. rjguidrysr says:

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

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