While the sun continues to play a very bad April Fools joke on us:
We have invoked the “Tim Allen Rule” – and believe you should too:
We are going to put on the “Full Court Press” to get everyone into the log. We have run extensive queries against the log – down to the state or province level of who has worked us and where, and have combined this with your detailed support ticket data (“Contact Us”), and of course also looked at the Clublog data, and we know where there are holes in our coverage.
We will do these things to help you get into the log:
- Our (ahem) “Pilots” – (a prehistoric term describing the 10 people answering your Freshdesk support tickets) will alert the team of special openings where you heard VK0EK and they did not seem to be beaming your direction. If you are in an area with low representation in our log – we will do whatever it takes to get you in the log. They all have DIRECT access to a support person on the island who is NOT on the radio when we contact them
- Use more SSB, and then RTTY
- Concentrate hard on areas that are very much underrepresented – such as Central and South America – where they are less than 2% in our log
- Get on the high bands more
Finally, thank you for so many nice kudos and comments. We have fielded over 1300 support tickets on everything from Busted Calls, Propagation and Openings, Souvenir issues and others, and so – after receiving so many requests, it really motivates us when we then receive these sort of comments:
I’d like to echo ZS6RKE’s comments: you guys are setting the standard for future expeditions. This web presence is really a fantastic resource, from KY6R’s “How to work us” (which is really a DXing 101 class) to DXA to the virtually instant log checking. From 10,000 miles away it’s hard to imagine how much better you could have run this.
The only thing that isn’t cooperating is that which you have no control over: sunspots! This is the weakest solar cycle in a century and that’s the only drawback.
Absolutely fantastic operation! Just worked them on 10 Meter CW. This makes 8 bands in addition to all modes from a medium size station in the Northeast USA. Didn’t think it was possible. Now I’m wishing that I had enough room for a 160 meter antenna.