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TX5K Clipperton Island 2013

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by WA6MHZ, Feb 20, 2013.

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  1. WA6MHZ

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    The operators are on a fishing boat headed that way! Says it will begin in March so either they will be EARLY or it is a MIGHTY Slow boat!

    Looks like they have a very diverse team from many many nations. Team seems to be headed by Bob KK6EK.

    Now I see the QRV is on Feb 28th and goes through March 10th. The boat left San Diego yesterday. They have a rig on the air along the way, posted now as K6K/MM on 20CW & SSB.

    This, of course, is about as EASY a DX as U can get for SoCal, so it will be a contest to see how many bandmodes our DXers can rack up. Not too long a time there, so will hafta work fast. I need mainly CW and RTTY contacts, and 40 & 75 would be nice too. Should be easy for the rest of the country too. But with a heavy contigent of EU ops, they will most likely be giving the REST of the world considerable attention.

    That IS a slow boat!!! maybe they will be fishing along the way, trolling for Tuna and Wahoo and maybe Marlin. So THAT is why it is taking 10 days to get there!!! They will have plenty of Fish to eat , thats for sure! We have long range trips out of San Diego all the time down to there, and it sure doesn't take 10 days to get there. Usually about 2 or 3 days max!

    So hope they aren't too worn out after a 10 day boat ride and all that PULLING on fish to bring them in! The ops will SURE be qualified as fishermen by the time they get to TX5K!
  2. K1VSK

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  3. N9ZMO

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    I need them, so hope to be able to have time to work them. Could well be in the midst of moving at that time if the home sale we have going works out.
  4. WA8UEG

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    The idiots in our hobby are having fun (I Guess) spotting them on the cluster. Funny how some people choose to spend their time on the radio, maybe it's their way of warming up prior to being able to QRM an operation? Perhaps the ARRL should have a fund to help the mentally disturbed in our hobby:confused:
  5. VA6AW

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    I just worked K6K/MM on 20 cw. Good operator and sigs were 599. Thats about as close I'm going to get to working them anytime soon with my 100 w and a inverted vee. Should be a good pileup.

    Gary VA6AW
  6. AF6LJ

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    I might have to give it a try...
  7. WA6MHZ

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    Fortunately, most West Coasters already have Clipperton on many bands and modes due to the frequent DXpeditions to there. I think I have 40-10 SSB already confirmed, so I will be concentrating on CW and RTTY. I expect the heaviest pileups to be from EU and JAs.
  8. WB2WIK

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    I worked K6K/MM on 20 CW last evening. Really strong considering it's a pretty short path, they were near Cabo San Lucas or so.

    Clipperton is a 9-iron shot from here, so I don't think I need it on any band except six meters. But it's a scientific expedition with ham radio as kind of a secondary thing, and hope they enjoy it!
  9. K7JBQ

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    So did I, and they were really pounding in for so short a path.

    Kind of fun they were working from the boat.

  10. WB2WIK

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    Worked K6K/MM again tonight on 17m CW, very strong indeed.

    But also not very far. When they land on Clipperton, they still won't be very far from here...I could drive that distance.

    But good luck to all those who need it!
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