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Asunto:[dxcolombia] Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 705
Fecha:Domingo, 10 de Abril, 2005  18:51:13 (-0500)
Autor:Oscar A. Gaviria <hk6dos @.......co>

Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 705


3A, MONACO (Special Event). Look for members of the Council of Europe
Radio Amateur Club (CERAC) and the Amateur Radio Association of Monaco
(ARAM) to be active as 3A0CE between May 4-8th. Activity is to celebrate
the Council of Europe's anniversary, as well as the admission of Monaco
as the 46th member of State in the Council of Europe. QSL via F5LGF.

3B8, MAURITIUS. Mart, DL6UAA, will once again be active as 3B8MM between
mid-April through possibly May 10th. QSL via his home callsign, direct
or by the bureau. Visit his Web page at:    
http://www.dl6uaa.com

4X/4Z, ISRAEL (Special Event). The "2005 Holyland Contest", organized by
the Israel Amateur Radio Club, will be held on Staurday, April 16th, from
0000-2359z, on both CW and SSB. It will provide a good opportunity to work
many 4X/4Z stations toward the "Holyland Award". Full details are available
on the Web page (under contests) at: 
http://www.iarc.org
The Contest Manager is Mark, 4Z4KX (E-mail: <oailto:4z4kx@...>)

9K, KUWAIT. With the help of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (KARS),
operator David, M0AYL, has obtained a licence and will be operating as
9K2/M0AYL beginning April 28th. His length of stay and activity is not
sure, but very long. In addition to KARS's help, they have also offered
him an open invitation to their Society HQ and shack. He will be active
regularly on the "Royal Signal Amateur Radio Society's" (RSARS) recommended
calling frequencies and Nets. Visit the RSARS Web page for information on
their activities at:     
http://www.rsars.org.uk/rsarsqrg.htm

A52, BHUTAN. You still have a few more days to work Stig, 9N7JO, as
A52JO until April 12th. He had a very nice signal on 17 meters SSB
around 1430z. QSL via 9N7JO.

ANTARCTICA NEWS. The Mediterraneo DX Club reports that the Antarctica
Award has issued their 100th certificate to Piero Marino, IT9ZGY, one
of the leading DXers in Italy. Visit the following Web pages for more
details:  MDXC  -
http://www.mdxc.org/antarctica/award.asp
          IT9ZGY - http://www.qsl.net/it9zgy/biografy.html

C6, BAHAMAS. Duncan, EA5ON, will once again be active from Freeport as
GM7CXM/C6A. Expected dates are from May 26-30th. As in previous years
this will be a business trip. However, Duncan hopes to be fairly active
on 80-10 meters, mostly on SSB but also some digitals. He may also try
to participate in the CQWW WPX CW Contest. The IOTA reference is NA-080
(Grand Bahama Island). QSL via EA7JX.

CY0, SABLE ISLAND (URL Correction). The correct URL for the Sable Island
DXpedition Web page is:      
http://www.wb8xx.com/sable

DX0, SPRATLY ISLANDS. Eddie, DU1EV, informs OPDX that he is back in Manila
as of last Thursday. However, Gil, 4F2KWT is still operating from DX0K and
is waiting for the next available trip back home. He has been operating six
meters into JA and HL last Thursday and Friday. Gil shall be DXing until
the plane arrives, which is of an uncertain date. Eddie mentions that this
time around the antenna for HF is just a dipole, but they used a 500 watt
ALS 500. QSL DX0K via 4F2KWT.

E-MAIL UPDATES. Bob Schenck, N2OO/9M6OO, suggests that (Just a thought..)
once in awhile everyone out there should check their E-mail addresses
listed on QRZ.com and HAMCALL.net to make sure it is current. It is truly
amazing how many are dead E-mail accounts which cause bounced messages.
(Just a thought..... ed. A good thought Bob!)

FM, MARTINIQUE. Operators Berthold/DF5WA and Gunter/DF7GB are expected
to be active now as homecalls/FM. Their length of stay is unknown. No
QSNs have been reported as this was being typed. Their expected activity
is to be on all HF bands, and possibly 160 meters if the location is
suitable, using mostly CW but also some SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL to
their home callsigns.

FT5XO DXPEDITION WRAP-UP. The Microlite Penguins DXpedition Team sent
out a wrap-up press release early last week. OPDX InterNet subscribers
will receive the complete release as an additional bulletin. Excerpts
from the press release indicate that the DXpedition to the Kerguelen
Islands lasted for 11.5 days and netted almost 68,000 QSOs using the
callsign FT5XO. QSO break down is as follows: CW 45687 (68%), SSB 19903
(29%), RTTY 2358 (3%) and EME 6. The total was 67954.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN (Update). Some members of the Radio Club Tivadar Puskas
(HA5KHC) will once again go here for a week between May 14-21st. Their
QTH will be at Chalet Wanni (JN47SD), Masescha 1350m ASL. The operators
are: Laci/HA5MA, Pisti/HA5OJ, Ed/HA5BWW, Karl/HA7PC. Operators will sign
HB0/homecall. Their equipment: FT-990 + 400 watts PA, FT-1000MP MARK V.,
dipoles for 160 and 80 meters, and verticals for 40-10 meters including
the WARC bands, too. On 2 meters they will try to do something with a
FT-100 and an IC-271+1 kW PA and 9 el Yagi. (maybe some WSJT will do too)
All QSLs can go to the operators' home addresses or via the HA QSL Bureau.

IOTA NEWS.................
   AS-151.  Operator Fan, BA1RB, will be active as BA1RB/2 from Ju Hua
            Island, May 1-4th. QSL via EA7FTR.

   EU-008.  Members of the South Chesire ARS will be active as GM6TW from
            the Isle of Jura (IOSA NH-21 and SCOTIA CS-28), April 16-23rd.
            Operators mentioned are: Pete/G4RRM, Chris/G0RDK, Ken/M0DQS
            and Geoff/2E0UNI. Activity will on 160-20 meter CW, SSB and
            some digital modes. The main frequency will be 14260 kHz.
            Other suggested frequencies are:
             SSB - 28560, 28460, 24950, 21260, 18128, 7055 and 3755 kHz
              CW - 28040, 24920, 21040, 18098, 14040, 10115 and 3530 kHz
            No specific frequency has been announced for 40 meters CW, but
            it is recommended that operations should include a frequency
            above 7025 kHz where the band is open to North America. QSL
            via G0UZP (QRZ.com).

   EU-023.  Mathias, DL4ZJ, will be active as 9H3ZJ from Gozo Island,
            Malta, May 3-13th. Look for him on CW and SSB. QSL via his
            home callsign.

   EU-029.  Stefan, DB3LSP, will be active as OZ/DB3LSP from Sjaelland
            Island (DIA SJ-001 for the Danish Islands Award), May 1-14th.
            Activity will be mainly CW, but he will also use SSB and
            PSK-31. QSL via his home callsign.

   EU-038.  Alfons/ON4AWT, Hugo/ON4CF, Geoffrey/ON6JK, and Stefan/ON4OSA
            will be active as PA/homecall from Texel Island, April 15-17th.
            Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters SSB, with some digital
            modes. The Texel/Eierland lighthouse (WLH PA-004, ARLHS ARLHS
            NET-024 and WLOTA L-0003) will also be activated. QSL via their
            home callsigns direct (QRZ.com), bureau is preferred.

   EU-048.  Francois, F5JNE, will be active from Belle Ile (AT015) from
            May 16-24th. During this stay, he has also scheduled to be
            active from the Poulains Island and Lighthouse (AT-089,
            WLOTA: 0872, ARLHS: FRA-059, TWLH: F-058 and PB 066) on May
            17th and 19th. Activity will be mainly on 40 and 20 meters,
            CW and SSB. QSL via the Bureau or direct (+ Postage) to:
            Francois Robert, 4 rue  d'Orbandelle, F89000 Auxerre, FRANCE.

   EU-056.  Operators Trond/LA9VDA, Bjorn/LA5UKA and Andreas/LA8AJA will
            be active from Gossen Island, April 15-18th. Activity will be
            on 80-15 meters, CW and SSB with some RTTY. QSL via QRZ.com.

   EU-070.  Operators Laurent/F5MNK, Eric/F5LOW, Fabrice/F5NBQ, Jacky/F5OIU,
            Bertrand/F6HKA, Jean Philippe/F4EEK and Christian/F1SDQ will
            be active as TM0L from Levant Island (DIFM ME-12), May 21-28th.
            Activity will be on 160-2 meters on CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK31. QSL
            via F5OIU.

   EU-086.  Alex, RX3AJL, will activate some islands in the Kara Sea
            (Vaygach Island [RR-0601/EU-086] and Tsinkovy and Karpovy
            Islands [RRA new ones]), April 12-22nd. Activity will mainly
            be on 20 meters with 5 watts (100 watts possibly on the new
            ones). QSL via his home callsign.

   EU-125.  Operators Siggi/DL1AZZ, Peter/DL4AMK, Lutz/DL3ARK and possibly
            others will be active as OZ/homecall from Mandoe Island
            between April 30th and May 7th. Activity will be on 160-10
            meters, 6 meters and on May 3rd 144 MHz in the NAC Contest.
            QSL via the bureau to their home callsigns.

   EU-127.  Operators Olaf/DL4HG, Andreas/DL7AT, Joachim/DH9JK, Thorsten/
            DG7TG, Andreas/DG3XA and Karl/DJ5KK will be active as DF0CB
            Helgoland Island (GIA N-14), April 15-17th. Activity will be
            on 80-10 meters using a dipole and a 20 meter GP, with 100
            watts. QSL via DF0CB (QRZ.com).

   NA-067.  Chris, K2HVE, will be active from Hatteras and Okacroke Island,
            NC, as well as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (USA-119), from
            April 11-15th. Activity will be QRP on 40/20/15 meters as time
            permits. QSL via operator's instructions.

JD1, OGASAWARA ISLAND. Operators Joe/JR1AGC and Nobuyoshi/JH1WCD will be
active as JD1BLZ and JD1BLW, respectively, from here, May 5-8th. Activity
will be on 80-6 meters, (focusing on 17 and 15 meters.), using mainly
SSB. QSL requests should be sent to their home callsigns via the bureau
or direct.

KH7K, KURE ISLAND (Update). It was announced this past week that Ann,
WA1S, has been added to the DXpedition to Kure Island K7C (OC-020) in
September and October 2005. It is #10 on the DXCC most wanted list in
the world. More information can be found on their Website at:
                
http://www.cordell.org/htdocs/KURE/

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. John/K3CT and his wife Susan/N3DVF will be
vacationing and operating from St. Croix between April 19-26th. They
will be able to operate on all bands CW and SSB. The callsigns will be
KP2/K3CT and KP2/N3DVF. QSL both callsigns via K3CT, either direct or
by the bureau.

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY. Dov, 4Z4DX, will be active as 4Z4DX/LH from the
Jaffa Lighthouse (ARLHS reference ISR-005), April 16-17th. QSL direct to
his home calsign or e-QSL. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW. See Dov's Web
page at:                    
http://www.qsl.net/4z4dx

P4, ARUBA. Operators Gerard/KE9I (P40QX?), Eric/K9GY (P40GY?), Mike/AJ9C
(P40C?), Phil/N9LAH (P4/homecall) and Nancy/KB9NSC will be here August
6-20th. They will be active in the WAE CW Contest (possibly as P40QX in
remembrance of Leo/N9QX who passed away this year [father of KE9I]).

PIRATE ALERT. David, VK2CZ, reports that the station signing VK9XX during
the CQ WPX SSB Contest was a PIRATE and not operating on Christmas Island.
Any beam headings or recordings, please forward directly to David. The
real VK9XX is off air until the end of the year. David's E-mail address
is:                          
k3hz@...BRA>

QSL INFO AND NEWS.................
   5X1GS QSL STATUS. If you are wondering where your QSL is for Graham,
   5X1GS, for a QSO from October or November 2004, his QSL Manager Bob,
   WB2YQH, reports there is a problem in not receiving the logs for that
   period or any time after. He has tried several attempts to contact
   Graham by E-Mail, and no reply has come back. He even had a UK station
   who needed a card find him again and relay the need for sending the
   logs to WB2YQH. The last time logs were delayed was due to Graham's
   work schedule out in the bush away from his Kampala location. One
   other time his telephone wire connection was stolen, and he could not
   E-mail until it was replaced. Please be patient. If you happen to
   contact Graham on the bands, ask him to send his logs to WB2YQH as
   soon as possible to reply to the backlog. Logs are on hand up to
   September 12, 2004.  Also, all logs are available for Graham's other
   callsigns, 5Z4GS and VP2MGG.

   FSDXA QSLING STATUS. Don Field, G3XTT, FSDXA Publicity Officer, reports
   the following: "The Five Star DXers Association is pleased to announce
   that all 9M0C, D68C and 3B9C logs are now on LoTW. This has taken longer
   than originally anticipated due to some problems in uploading the very
   large logs (the D68C log alone was 30MB of data). FSDXA has 387,279
   QSOs loaded to LoTW, making us probably the biggest single LoTW user.
   Of these QSO records, there are 30,916 matches against other LoTW logs.
      Interestingly, and perhaps a reminder that LoTW is by no means an
   alternative to paper QSLing, but rather a complement to it, we have
   received proportionally as many traditional QSL requests for 3B9C as
   we had for D68C at the same stage. To date, we have confirmed 80,413
   3B9C QSOs direct and via the bureau, including electronic requests
   made via our Web page. We are fully up to date with QSLs requests
   received."

   NEW QSL MANAGER. Frank, EA5RD, is the new QSL Manager for CX1BAC.

   QSL SP0PAPA via SP3IQ. Activity by the Polish Amateur Radio Society
   (PZK) and the SP DX Club to commemorate the pontificate of John Paul II,
   the Pope.

S9, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE. By the time you read this, Tono, EA9CP, should
be active from here until April 17th. As of presstime, his callsign is
unknown. He will be active on 10, 15 and 20 meters SSB only, and will
transmit also from Sao Sebastiao Lighthouse (ARLHS SAO-002). QSL will
be via EA9CP/1, via the bureau or direct. (Also see TI below).

SILENT KEY. Well known DXer Stuart "Stu" Greene, became a Silent Key
(SK) last week. Many may remember working Stu from the following locations:
6Y, DL, G5, KH5J, KH5K, KH5P, KP1, KP5, PY0 and SM. OPDX and its readers
would like to send out our deepest sympathy to Stu's family and friends.

SPECIAL EVENT (Visalia DX Convention). Look for special event station
N6V to be active April 15-16th, between 1600-0200z, from the 56th annual
International DX Convention in Visalia, California. Convention attendees
are invited to operate the station. Activity will be on 14190-14240 kHz
during the daytime hours and 7175-7250 kHz during the evenings hours. QSL
via operator's instructions, and include an SASE with all QSL requests.

SPECIAL EVENT. Special event station LZ8IARU will be active on all bands
and modes between now and December 31st to  commemorate the 80th anniversary
of IARU. Over the past week activity has been on 20 and 30 meters CW.
QSL via bureau to LZ1BJ.

SPECIAL EVENT. Industry Canada has issued an authorization to Bob Cooke,
VE3BDB, to operate May 7-14th inclusive, using the special event callsign
CF3VEDAY. The authorization is to mark the opening of the new Canadian War
Museum on May 8th, a date that coincides with the 60th anniversary of
VE-DAY, which ended World War Two in Europe. The special callsign is
historic in that this is the first time that an Amateur Radio callsign
having a five-letter suffix has been issued in Canada. VE3BDB and other
members of The Wireless Set No. 19 Group will alternate modern equipment
with vintage WW II era military radios during the seven-day operation.
Full information can be viewed on-line at: 
http://www.qsl.net/cf3veday

SPECIAL EVENT PREFIXES (Canada). At the request of Radio Amateurs of
Canada, Industry Canada has authorized all Canadian radio amateurs to
use special event prefixes for the month of May, 2005, to mark the opening
of the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa on May 8th, coincident with the
60th anniversary of VE Day. The official opening of the new Canadian War
Museum in  Ottawa, the national capital of Canada, on May 8th, coincides
with the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day -- VE Day -- which,
on May 8, 1945, officially ended the Second World War in Europe. The year
2005 has been declared "The Year of the Veteran" by the Canadian government
in recognition and commemoration of the determination, service and sacrifice
of Canada's WW II veterans. Canadian radio amateurs are authorized to use
the following special event prefixes during the period May 1-31st, 2005,
inclusive:     * CF for VA stations        * CI0 for VY0 stations
               * CG for VE stations        * CI1 for VY1 stations
               * CH for VO stations        * CI2 for VY2 stations

SPECIAL EVENT. The Panazol Hams and the F6KTW ARC will activate the
special event station TM6PIE (Peace In Europe) between May 1-14th. QSL
Manager F6KTW: Chez M. COISNE, 10 rue Rene, DESCARTES 87350 PANAZOL,
FRANCE. QSL via the bureau or direct (+ postage).

SPECIAL EVET (Polish). Look for the following 21 special events stations
to be active from Poland between May 1-15th. A special "Victor Day Award"
is also available. Please see the following Web page for details:
        
http://www.ot25.pzk.org.pl/htm/Victory%20_Day.htm

    3Z1VD by SP1PBW     SN60VD by SP4KSY      HF7VD  by SP7FBQ
    HF1VD by SP1GZT     HF4VD  by SP4ZHT      3Z7VD  by SP7PGK
     TBA  by SP2KAC      TBA   by SP5DZC      HF8VD  by SP8AQA
    3Z2VD by SP2WN       TBA   by SP5NZN      3Z8VD  by SP8MI
    HF3VD by SP3PMA     HF60VD by SP5PSL      HF9VD  by SP9KJM
    3Z3VD by SP3ZBY     HF6VD  by SP6ZDA      3Z9VD  by SP9PDG
    3Z4VD by SP4KHM     3Z6VD  by SP6ZJP      SQ60VD by SP5ZRW

SV5, DODECANESE. Operators Wolfgang/DL3DRN and Joachim/DJ5AA will be
vacationing on Rhodos Island (EU-001 and WLOTA L-0045), from May 2-16th.
The callsigns and bands/modes of activity were not provided. QSL via
operators' instructions.

TARA SKIRMISH (Digital Prefix Contest). Bill, NY2U, President of the
Troy ARA, wants to remind everyone that the "TARA Skirmish" is coming
up on April 16th between 0000-2400z. The particulars are as follows:
     Frequencies: 160-6 meters, work stations once per band.
     Categories : High, Low (<100w), Great (<20w), QRP (<5w) and SWL.
     Exchange: Name and Prefix.
     Score: QSOs x WPX prefixes x power multiplier. (High x0.5, Low x1,
            Great x2 and QRP x3) Multipliers count once per band.
For more information:
http://www.n2ty.org/seasons/tara_dpx_rules.html
                  or send E-mail to (mailto:skirmish-manager@n2ty.org)

TI, COSTA RICA. After his S9 operation (see above) Tono, EA9CP, will be
in San Jose, from May 29th to June 5th. As of presstime, his callsign is
unknown. He will be active on 10, 15 and 20 meters on SSB only. QSL via
EA9CP/1, by the bureau or direct.

TO5G, GLORIOSO ISLAND (DXpedition Postponed!). Dany, F5CW, Technical
Coordinator for the 2005 Glorioso DXpedition, announced this past week
that the French Army, Navy and Air forces have strongly discouraged the
landing of the radio team on Gloriosos at the end of May due to security
reasons. The DXpedition has now been postponed and is rescheduled until
next October or November 2005. Dany states, "Even if solar conditions are
falling down, this late 2005 period could be better for low bands since
noise level will be a bit lower and low absorption will be better for
Northern Hemisphere. We are going to meet all our sponsors to ask them
their choice, either they can wait for next start and keep their support
or they prefer we send back support amount and we ask them again next
August. However, we will hold our web site in the current configuration
with latest news updated soon. All current sponsors will stay in good
place. Be sure we are a bit upset with this situation, but we never give
up! We are very confident with the next opportunity." Watch the following
Web page (in French) for updates:
http://glorieuses2005.free.fr/index-fr.htm

TZ, MALI. The members of the International Amateur Radio Volunteers (IARV)
are active as TZ6U until April 13th. Their activity over the past weekend
has been on 20 meters SSB (around 14190 kHz) and 30 meters CW (around 10103
kHz). However, watch other bands. Suggested activity is expected on 160-10
meters meters using CW and SSB. QSL via JA1UT.

WAZ CW AWARD MANAGER. Floyd Gerald, N5FG, wants it publicized that he is
the WAZ Manager for CW WAZ Award Program, has been since January 1st,
2004. The former manager, Paul, K5RT, continues (after over one year) to
receive applications sent to him. Some even come registered mail which he
has to go to the Post Office to sign for. Floyd states that it is time
for the applicants to: 1) Use the proper forms. 2) MOST IMPORTANT: Send
them directly to him, and not Paul! It would help the people wanting to
receive the WAZ Awards to see that they are sending it to the proper
manager! There will come a time in the NEAR future that Paul will have to
refuse to accept those that come his way. PLEASE help him spread the word
that ALL WAZ applications should be sent to ONLY Floyd at: Floyd Gerald
(N5FG), WAZ Manager, 17 Green Hollow Road, Wiggins, MS. 39577 USA. Feel
free to contact him. Send any questions via E-mail. ALL this info and
ALL the correct forms are available for free download from the CQ WAZ
Website at:      
http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/wazrules.html

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4 April 2005

Lat 42'49"S  Long 88'13"E
South Indian Ocean


The 2005 Microlite DXpedition to The Kerguelen Islands is now history.
11.5 days of operating netted almost 68,000 QSOs using the callsign
FT5XO. The operators for this DXpedition were AG9A, GI0NWG, HB9ASZ,
M0DXR, N6MZ, N0TT, SP5XVY, VE3EJ, VK6DXI, W3WL, W7EW and 9V1YC.

In an effort to equitably cover the variety of openings, bands, and
modes available, the team actively reviewed the QSO stats each day and
adjusted the operating plan accordingly.

The final numbers are as follows:

CW:     45687    68%
SSB:    19903    29%
RTTY:   2358     3%
EME:    6
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TOTAL:  67954



Band-Mode breakdown

Band  CW      SSB    RTTY   TOTAL
---------------------------------
160m: 1173    16     0      1189
80m:  3578    957    0      4535
40m:  9643    2774   160    12577
30m:  9683    0      616    10299
20m:  4012    4640   327    8979
17m:  5144    2168   497    7809
15m:  4485    3964   758    9207
12m:  4411    3499   0      7910
10m:  3558    1885   0      5443

6m EME:   6


Continental breakdown
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Europe:     53%
Japan:      21%
USA:        17%
Other Asia: 5%
All others: 1% or less each


The journey began in Durban, South Africa on the afternoon of March 9
aboard the R/V Braveheart.  Kerguelen was reached on the morning of
March 19, and camp assembly was started that same afternoon.  The
first QSOs began at about 0700 UTC on March 20.

The operation took place from an old abandoned whaling station at the
center of the island called Port Jeanne d'Arc, which is approximately
30km southwest from the French base at Port Aux Francais. The
operating site was close to the seashore with good take-offs in most
directions.

Antennas consisted of half-wave vertical dipoles for 20m and up,
quarter wave verticals for 30m and 40m (with 2 elevated radials each),
and two Battle Creek Specials for 80m and 160m.  With the exception of
the Battle Creek Specials, all antennas were designed and built by
ZS4TX.  Radios consisted of three Kenwood TS50s, a Yaesu FT897, an
ICOM 756 ProIII, and one Yaesu FT1000MP.  We also had several small
amplifiers for the low bands.

Because we broke from tradition and chose the Austral mid-autumn for
this DXpedition we were able to take advantage of excellent 10 and 12
meter equinox openings which would have otherwise been impossible
during the Austral summer (when most of these types of Antarctic
DXpeditions usually take place).  The drawback is that Kerguelen drops
far below the Antarctic convergence at this time of year bringing with
it a noticeably cooler and harsher climate.

The weather during our stay was typical for islands below the
convergence, with strong wind, rain, sleet and even heavy snow
alternating throughout the day.  In fact, during the space of just one
hour the weather changed many times from calm and sunny to a 45 knot
howling blizzard.  Winds could come from any direction, but the
prevailing trend was usually from the southwest.

Static from snowstorms often produced S9+40 noise, forcing us to
abruptly stop operations until it died down. The intensity of these
snowstorms also caused the antennas to develop kilovolts of static
voltage across the coax connectors (something we learned the hard way
when a large voltage spike from one of the antennas destroyed a power
supply and transceiver during an antenna switchover).

The last QSO was made at approximately 0200 UTC on 31 March.  With
calm weather throughout the morning the teardown went smoothly and on
schedule.  The ship is now on its way to Fremantle (Perth) Western
Australia and should arrive on the morning of April 11.  The total sea
travel time for both legs of the journey is about 22 days.  Operating
time was just over 11 days, which works out to a 2 to 1 ratio of
travel to operating.

We purposely advanced minimal publicity about this trip in the hope
that the chase would be more of a challenge. With good operating
skills combined with attentiveness to both propagation and band
openings it is our belief that FT5XO should have been available to all
who wanted a QSO.  For our part, a great effort was made to work the
weakest of stations and cover as many openings as possible within our
limited time frame. Reading some of the feedback and looking at the
final QSO stats we stand firmly behind the belief that it is mainly
skill, not hardware, that makes a successful DXpedition.  Small teams,
light gear and strong operators are the key. We hope that your call
made it into our log on at least one band.

With the extremely high expense and travel time necessary to reach
these remote Antarctic islands we wish to say thank you in advance for
all contributions sent with your QSL cards.

Special thanks to ZS5BBO and all the members of the Highway Amateur
Radio Club in Durban, South Africa who made our air to sea transit
exceptionally smooth. Thanks also to TAAF (Terres Australes et
Antarctiques Francaises) for their kind support for our adventure.

And finally, we would especially like to thank our sole organizational
sponsor, the Northern California DX Foundation.  Their continued
support for DXpeditions to the far reaches of the world helps to keep
one of the most exciting aspects of amateur radio alive. Without the
NCDXF, this trip would not have been possible.


73, and see you on the bands.

The Microlite Penguins DXpedition Team