Friday, February 1, 2008

Great signals on 40m band this morning

This morning had very nice qso's on 40m band with great signals from pacific ocean.
On 7.008 E51WWA wkd up1 599
On 7.003 VP6PR was 59+5db
On 7.002 KH7XS was 529
On 7.080 nice surprise from the VP6DX crew.WA6CDR/MM wkd 59 signal very good copy from the M/V Braveheart.
Latest news from VP6DX :
"News #9 - 2008, January 31st2008 Ducie Island Expedition: VP6DX (for immediate release)Highlights: ... The M/V Braveheart continues across the Pacific, on schedule ... ... Good European signals heard on 160m during the crossing ... ... Operators preparing to leave home ... ... Today's background information: geographical balance.News: Robin WA6CDR reports from the M/V Braveheart that, as a result of the typhoon that passed through the area, seas were somewhat rough immediately after departure from New Zealand. The ship slowed down to 5-7 knots, but in the last few days sea conditions have improved dramatically. The weather has become mild, traveling over calm seas with a small long swell. Robin has been working on cables and other pre-assembly tasks that can be completed on board ship before the expedition reaches Ducie Island. For relaxing, an Elecraft K3 radio, amplifier and tuner hasbeen attached to a wire antenna strung over the ship from bow to stern. With 500 W power output, Robin has been enjoying good low band propagation. During the WW 160 CW contest last weekend many top band signal from Europe went into the log. Robin also reports the Braveheart crew is "superb", and the operators will have to be very disciplined to avoid putting on weight from all the good food! As of early Jan 30 Wed (GMT) the M/V Braveheart was at 28° S 145° E, about 1000 km SSE of Tahiti. This ship is on schedule, planning to arrive at Mangareva Atoll this coming Saturday/Sunday. The remaining 12 operators will be leaving their home countries during the next three days, converging on the Sofitel Hotel in Papeete, Tahiti, capital city of French Polynesia on Feb 3 Sun-Feb 4 Mon. On Feb5 Tue 1500z the operators depart Tahiti for Mangareva. Once at Mangareva, the operators will immediately board the ship, clear immigration/customs, and depart. During the passage to Ducie Island, the M/V Braveheart will make a midnight call at Pitcairn Island to drop off medical supplies. Longboats from Pitcairn will come along side in the dark to take thedelivery to shore, and the ship will depart immediately thereafter. This stop will not delay the schedule for Ducie Island: we will still arrive at Ducie in the pre-dawn darkness of Feb 9 Sat (weather permitting)."

1 comment:

Herbert Ford said...

My greetings to "Braveheart" Captain Matt. Wish I could be aboard, esp. after such a great experience voyaging to and from Pitcairn last September. Fair winds! Herb Ford, Pitcairn Islands Study Center -