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The OFFICIAL 2012 W6D Transcontinental DXpedition Thread

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WA6MHZ, May 6, 2012.

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  1. WA6MHZ

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    I guess it is about time to start it. We are at ONE WEEK and counting til the Launch. It is almost 7AM Sunday the 6th and projected Launch is this time next Sunday the 13th. The date was pushed back one day to give me one last WEEKEND day to try and work the 7O6T DXpedition. While I am banging my head on the desk DESPERATELY trying to make one @#@#@@#@$@#@#@#@ QSO, the rest of the country already has them in the log on all bands and all modes!!! Propogation just absolutely SUCKS! And it is NOT from lack of trying. I have been by the radio every last second that I don't have to be at work, or during sleeping hours when there is no chance anyway. Other people in our DX Club who have WARC band beams have squeaked through. SO that is interfering with the LAUNCH.

    I can't move the launch back past Sunday as we are scheduled to get into Dayton Tuesday evening at the Latest. And I have to do all the driving. We can't let the Good Nun try and drive the freeway as she has NO IDEA where she is going. The GPS GARMIN does not speak CHINESE to her. If I went to sleep, we might be headed down the wrong freeway and HUNDREDS of miles off course by the time I woke up. Navigation is IMPERATIVE, even though we just stay on I-40 all the way to St. Louis. It is really tricky to get on the right freeway once you cross the MISSISSIPPI, as I found out 2 years ago. I wound up on the MEAN STREETS of East St Louis after taking a wrong turn. Fortunately, it was 3AM and pouring rain so I wasn't Carjacked!

    The preparations have begun and the Launch Checklist initialized. Items mandatory for trip are being staged in areas. The Yaesu FT-817 kit is already in the trunk. That will be used at our ARRL Kit Building booth to test out the new Sound Card interface kit we are debuting. Same for the Laptop and the tow Baofeng HT kits. I have each in sturdy metal boxes with chargers and all accessories. Also weighing down the trunk is my portable 40AH Gell Cell bag and even a 12V24A Switching Power supply to recharge the gel cell or run the 817.

    The Bank has been raided for the neccessary FUNDS for swapmeet Squandering. Since the trunk is already almost FULL, we will use only ONE bag for clothes. If we run out of clean clothes, she can wash them in the Motel SINK! Or, maybe they have a Laundrette in Dayton somewhere.

    I saw a radio that should have been picked up to give away at the Talk. It was a very beat up Hallicrafters Sky Champion. Circa early 40s. But the Rat B*******D wanted $40 and I wanted to pay $20 for it. He went down to $30, but it was STILL too pricey for the condx it was in. Plenty of rust and really beat up. No, too wasted to score. I already have one in the Museum, but I wanted something like that to give away. Maybe I will see something in the Dayton Flea Market Friday or Saturday morning. I didn't have the time to restore it anyway ALL BECAUSE of the $#$#@#@# 7O6T!

    Now, the Operation ENDS on May 15th at 2100Z. That is Tuesday. Maybe one of the good QRZeders along the way will allow me to stop by their house for a few minutes and use THEIR station to work them from the Midwest, where they are 59++ all the time. Anyone want to help a DESPERATE DXer who needs this for one of the LAST 5 countries in the world? We can even make Detours if needed, but not too far off course as it would add HUNDREDS of dollars to the gasoline bill, which already is projected at close to $1000 bucks! Yes, we COULD have flown ROUNDTRIP 5 times to Dayton and back for that!

    So, it is 7AM and time to get ready for Church. I talked to the Priest and he is going to officially BLESS the Town Car with Holy Water to make it SAFE for the 4400 mile ride. We Especially need it safer if the GOOD NUN is going to drive it (even for a few BLOCKS!). At this time, all systems are GO except for the 7O6T problem!

    More to follow.....
  2. KC7YRA

    KC7YRA Ham Member Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    Good luck Pat. I will be following you online and will give you a contact while on the road.

    I then look forward to meeting you. We fly out of Denver on Thursday AM so we will be there for hootervention.

    As for a station, you can always come up to Wyoming. We'll get you in the log.

  3. WA4OTD

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    You could get to Dayton early and set up a dipole high in the air and try him from Dayton. Still legit for DXCC and much easier from Dayton than San Diego! Good luck on the trick, always great to read the trip reports!
  4. AF6LJ

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    Looking forward to catching you on the radio...
  5. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    And keeping track of you on APRS!
  6. W5WPL

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    Don't forget to stop in Austin and pick up my main squeeze Sandra Bullock then swing by Pearland to get me.
    Don't worry if she wants to put up a fight. She likes to play that way. She even played a practical joke on me by getting a restraining order.
    So that means I can't pick her up at her house. We'll all have a good time for sure.
    Looking forward to seeing yall.
    Seeyalaterbye :D !!!

    Billy Bob Jumpback
    aka W5WPL

    PS If I'm not here, you'll need to drive to East Texas to a town called Rusk to pick me up.
    Come at night and flash your lights near the main entrance.
  7. K0RGR

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    I'll be hitting the road a bit later that same week. I need to meet my family in Orlando on the 19th. I don't know why I can't arrange these trips so I am in Orlando for Hamcation - we narrowly missed it last year. We seem to be stuck in a pattern that puts us on vacation during Dayton week every year. This is the LAST year that we have to do it on the college student's schedule, and I suppose that also means the last year we could do it as a family, so I better be happy about it. I'm not planning to take a rig to the Bahamas, but I may change my mind. I expect to be too busy to even think about radio. I'll have thousands of miles of windshield view in which to operate mobile.

    I was planning on leaving Wednesday evening, but I think I'm cutting it too close that way. I don't dare keep them waiting at the airport, and I'm not prone to driving all night anymore, either.
  8. KT7DAD

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    How come you have not set up the W6D callsign page?
  9. WA6MHZ

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    How do I do that?
  10. AF6LJ

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    You have to talk to one of the database admins.
    They can set it up, as I remember they have provisions for special event stations.
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