Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin #1436.1

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    Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin No. 1436.1

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Special Bulletin No. 1436.1
    BID: $OPDX.1436.1
    October 20, 2019
    Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
    Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
    Written/Sent From Strongsville, OH

    Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
    Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, the AB5K's AR Clusters
    Network and W0GJ for the following DX information.

    VP6R Pitcairn Island DXpedition Press Release (20th October)[edited].
    The Braveheart anchored just off Pitcairn Island at dawn, Thursday,
    October 17th. After customs & immigration, the team was transported
    to the home of Andy Christian where all of the equipment was waiting
    for us. This equipment arrived about 6 weeks prior to our arrival. The
    steep dirt roads were very muddy from lots of recent rains and had our
    equipment not been prepositioned, we would have been delayed by several
    days getting all stations on the air.

    By the end of the first day we had antennas up and four stations QRV
    at Andy’s house.

    The next morning (Friday) everyone moved to the old Radio Site to set
    up more antennas and stations. This is our primary low band site. The DX
    Engineering 160M falling derrick vertical is almost full-size and generated
    huge pileups that night, with 700 stations in the 160M log!

    Saturday morning left just a couple more antenna projects to finish and
    by late morning everything was set up and we settled into our operating

    Pitcairn has power from 8 am until 10 pm. After 10 pm we switch to
    generators until morning. The Radio Site is 100% generator powered.

    As of about 2400Z Sunday, we have over 16,000 Q’s in the logs, including
    several 6M EME contacts.

    We are down to 12 operators today. One of the team members fell, suffering
    several fractures. A supply ship was leaving today and he is being evacuated
    to Mangareva and on to Papeete. Naturally we are all disappointed with this
    situation, but medically it is in everyone’s best interest. DXpeditions
    to remote places are not without risk and medical care is quite limited
    at best.

    The weather has been very cooperative with pleasant temperatures. When
    it rains, which is often, the dirt roads become “the world’s friendliest
    mud,” as the residents call it, making travel between the two sites some-
    what treacherous.

    We will have a station on 20M continuously, often with more than one
    mode, with the goal of giving Pitcairn Island a new one to everyone.

    The Flex Radios are working extremely well. With good conditions, at
    times we have been able to sustain nearly 400 Q’s/hr with FT8 Fox & Hound
    mode, working five stations simultaneously!

    Logs are periodically uploaded to ClubLog during the times we have
    “commercial” power on the island.

    Please check our website often for the latest updates: www.pitcairndx.com

    73, Glenn W0GJ


    CORRECTION IN OPDX.1436. Under "H40, TEMOTU PROVINCE" it should read as

    H40, TEMOTU PROVINCE Operators Grant/KZ1W and Rob/N7QT will be active
    as H40KT and H40TT, respectively, from Pigeon Island (OC-065) between
    November 14-26th. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL
    via M0URX or OQRS. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

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