Jun 16, 2014

DXpedition QSL card - OC0I

I'm always really excited to receive these QSL cards, even if they are just eQSLs. I was one of about 2500 contacts they made on 10 meters sideband - nice!

This would have been one of my first contacts on my Yaesu FTdx1200, using an MFJ Magloop at 100 watts.

From their QRZ page:
"Early in the morning on February 20th, all the participants were at the Port of Callao in ready to start the dxpedition surrounded by loading equipment, antennas , batteries , generators and food. On board a FAS boat all the Team Members sailed to the island under the command of Mr. Jaime Herrera Ulloa, Commander of the San Lorenzo Naval Station. Once we arrived to our destination, the island personnel were awaiting us at the dock of war, where we were escorted to the wardroom, located on the second level of the resort. We were assigned two rooms - the first one where we set the three radio stations and the second one provided with eight beds, where we were assigned to rest With the time running out and after a quick field study, we began the assembly and installation of antennas - one Cushcraft R5 for 10, 12, 15, 17 and 20 meters, another of the same brand R6000, also for the same bands and half wave dipole for 40 meters north-south irradiation with one end tied to a tall palm tree and the remaining energy on a pole. The stations were formed from two Icon 706 MK2G, TS 450 and TS 50, in case the team was dedicated to digital modes interface Signalink. As Naval Station provides 12-hour rotating electrical energy per day, it was necessary to use two extra batteries 12 volts and 170 amperes weighing 86 kg each, to cover the remaining 12 hours and to keep operating full time. The first mode that was in the air on the CW was the 10 meter band - the most regular, where Tony quickly found a pile up that lasted a little more than four hours, adding the first 500 QSOs to log OC0I . The second station was active PSK31 on 20 meters, and also later on, we began in SSB on 40 meters as soon as the “Cadena Peruana Relief frequency of 7100” finished. Although there were not climatic setbacks, there was an unstable propagation except for 10 meters. It is worth to mention that, there was always at least one open side. Finally, the log press was adding up to 7000 QSOs just before the end.For many, it was an unexpected interest, but we were not surprised when we realized the interest as soon as we were in the air.Without any sponsorship, we achieved 112 countries from all continents, fully justifying the human and economic efforts. The 2014 expedition to "Isla San Lorenzo" - Peru´s largest Island in the Pacific Ocean, has ended.We still have the enormous satisfaction of having done our utmost commitment and to let hunters for hundreds of islands and lighthouses around the world enjoy a new one."

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