VK0EK – March 6 – April 20, 2016

perth_ahoy!

The team is only hours away. It takes a real special team to travel so far away from home to one of the remote places on the planet and then hand out 75K QSO’s to “The Deserving”. Imagine being away from home that long traveling through some of the roughest seas on this planet.

They were last reported at 0800z April 14 in Grid NE43, so by now they are almost half way to Freemantle.

From Cape Town to Heard Island it is 4777 km or 2968 miles and from Heard Island to Freemantle it is  4100 km or 2548 miles. One of the most remote places on earth for sure.

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It looks like they might be 1/4 of the way home. They were spotted on WSPR in ND19 at 0800z April 13, but there have been no ZL/ZS9HI/MM spots on the cluster.

I have no direct communication with them – but as I said in the last post – WSPR kept us all from worrying. And Windyty.com did give a hint of their situation – I am sure they have been hunkered down with rough seas.

You can see that they are about at the same latitude as Kerguelin, and this means they are probably just getting out of the roughest seas – hard to tell, but Windtyty.com gives the best clue:

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Jan, ZS6BMN sent another very nice WSPR report (thanks Jan!):

Estimates 13 April 2016)

Click on any of these images for better detail. And again – WSPR has been a real highlight for me in this DXpedition!

 

 

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DX Atlas showing the approximate location of the team as they sail toward Freemantle (click image for a larger view)

Jan, ZS6BMN has reported that the team has been picked up on the WSPR beacon network in grid square MD87 – which means they must have set sail yesterday and are on their way home. I have not received a call or email – but I expect to do so soon and also the “Listen to Us” audio log should become active soon.

Taking down and packing the gear and setting sail are very strenuous, and I can only imagine the team was exhausted after doing so. Hopefully they will have plenty of time to rest on their long journey home. As soon as I receive any news – I will pass it along.

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It looks like they are travelling through a storm – so that may explain the silence too. As they travel toward Freemantle things appear to get a lot nicer weather and sea condition wise.

73 and look forward to seeing you at Visalia. Most of the team will be at Dayton and some will also be at Friederichshafen,

Rich, KY6R