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.
This puts the team just less than a day away. They will arrive in Perth Friday local time.
Jan, ZS6BMN has been using the DeLorme Tracker data as well as the WSPR Beacon data to estimate the teams ETA in Perth. Jan reports that an earlier estimate of his still seems to point to April 20th. Click on the image to see an expanded view.
The team are almost to Perth. We expect to start receiving news and pictures when they arrive – and meet with our Australian support team – The Northern Corridor Group.
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.
They have been spotted and I am listening for them. I have two elements pointed their way, and I am just starting to hear them near San Francisco. I’m a little surprised that they are using this call, so I suggest that you scan the clusters for /MM no matter what.
If you need that grid and others along the way – good luck!
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:
Jan, ZS6BMN sent another very nice WSPR report (thanks Jan!):
Click on any of these images for better detail. And again – WSPR has been a real highlight for me in this DXpedition!
Thanks to Jan, we now know that the team is indeed on their way and headed straight for Freemantle. Thank goodness for WSPR – judging by the Windyty.com images – they are high tailing it out of the rougher seas and weather to something hopefully more “gentile”.
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.
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,