VK0EK – March 6 – April 20, 2016

We’ve begun disassembling the antennas in anticipation of our impending departure. Our 80 meter operations have concluded. On 40 meters, we have gone from having a 4-square to a vertical.

If you’ve seen the pictures of the partially-flooded area in which our low-band antennas are placed, you may have thought it was foreshadowing something, and you would be correct. Today, in high winds (>30 kt), light drizzle/snow/graupel, and water up to the middle of the shins, our intrepid crew recovered and disassembled the 80 meter vertical and 40 meter 4-square.

Tonight, we’re celebrating the birthday of Alan (VK6CQ, VK0LD). As we were blowing up balloons to celebrate, a few CW contacts were made between squeaking balloons. Despite the cold and wind outside, all is well here in the tents.

At 1400z it was partly cloudy (4 octas), the temperature was 3 C, strong westerly winds, and the pressure had risen to 978 mbar.

4 thoughts on “Status Update: [2016-04-09 14:31:04z]

  1. Jan ZS6BMN says:

    Well done with the recovery of those antennas!

    Congratulations, Alan, VK6CQ! Enjoy!!! Hope there is a little something to go with the balloons 🙂

  2. Tony DICenzo, KX1G says:

    Thanks for the contacts, guys. Not an easy DXpedition, but you guys set the bar high for style. Safe trip home. (If you are looking for ideas for your next DXpedition I still need Ducie)
    Tony KX1G

  3. Byron says:

    After this update, I feel even more fortunate to have had the 80CW QSO, perhaps during your balloons operation. That represents my longest distance QSO on the band! Thanks for everything!

  4. DU2BOQ says:

    All time nothing one, maybe next time., Have a safe trip back home.. 73 & God bless

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