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With almost 165,000 QSOs, FT5ZM is now QRT.
They went QRT a little earlier than expected to try and beat out a storm. The seas are already very rough and the storm isn’t due to arrive until this weekend. There were unable to finish loading the Braveheart and have to wait until morning to try again; 0100z.
Team is aware that not all logs (especially 80 & 160) have not been uploaded to Club log. The logs are safe on the laptop. They will upload as soon as they can.
UPDATE – As the team reached 160,000 QSOs, Ralph, K0IR reported to Chief Pilot, NV9L the following important info:
There is only about 12 hours left to operate from Camp Antonelli. This is where the 160 vertical is located. Also note that tonight (at 2200z) FT5ZM will be operating 12m SSB long path specifically to NA, as the team is well aware that most of NA still needs them on this band.
A reminder the team QRT on Feb 12th.
With seven days remaining, Team FT5ZM has reached 100,000 QSOs.
OUR PILOTS DO NOT HAVE LOG AND QSO INFORMATION.
Please DO NOT contact the Pilot Station about a busted call or if your call is missing from the online log.
Keep a record of your QSO details and contact the QSL manager after the DXpedition. Alternately, work FT5ZM again.
Many have been asking when FT5ZM will QRT.
Today, Team Leader K0IR, via Chief Pilot NV9L, informs:
We will start taking down Antonelli on the morning of the 12th (our time). Mataf will function some during the 12th, but we will be QRT sometime on the 12th (our time).
Earlier today, Ralph K0IR, started RTTY activities. This was not a pirate.
The team will continue with this mode until the end of operations.
The FT5ZM team continues to remain focused on making as many contacts on as many bands as possible. Stations are on the air from both locations. Antenna erection at Mataf, the lower site is complete, but antenna work continues at Antonelli, the upper site. Erecting antennas at Antonelli is very difficult and taking much more time than anticipated due to the challenging terrain and high foliage. The hike from Mataf to Antonelli is an exhausting uphill climb, and takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. The team is tired and in good spirits!
To date there has been no internet connectivity. The primary focus of the entire team is on completing the antenna work and making as many contacts as possible. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog as soon as possible. We will announce when the first upload to ClubLog is complete. Thank you for your patience.
At 09:13z, FT5ZM started operations on 10m SSB.
UPDATE from team member, Jerry WB9Z @ 16:25z or 21:25 pm FT5ZM local time.
Still a long way from getting on air. The terrain is very rough for walking and putting up antennas. We’re talking up to 2 feet of dead grass on top of lava rock. This is one of the (if not the) roughest Dxpeditions ever been on. The entire team is exhausted after a very long day. All generators are in place, but there is still so much to be done
They anticipate not being on the air until at least 0700z tomorrow January 26th.
The MV Braveheart completed fueling today and is ready to sail at approximately 0100 UTC on December 26th. The vessel will sail around the north cape of the north island of New Zealand, sail cross the Tasman Sea, sail across the Great Australian Bight, and head up the west coast of Australia to the port of Fremantle.
The Amsterdam DXpedition team members will begin arriving in Fremantle, Australia on January 9th. They will meet with the Western Australia DX’ers who have helped the team acquire ground rods, antenna supports, various pieces of hardware, and additional medical supplies. There will be lists to double check, shopping to do, planning meetings, and very likely some good times with our VK6 friends.
The FT5ZM team will meet the Braveheart in Fremantle on January 13th or 14th. The Braveheart will refuel, take on new provisions, and load the additional supplies obtained in Perth and Fremantle. We will load our personal gear and luggage and install an Elecraft KX3 and KPA100 with a multiband vertical for our maritime mobile operation. When everything is secure, we’ll say farewell to our VK6 friends and sail for Amsterdam Island on January 15th.
We are nearing the end of a very long road leading to this point. We are enormously grateful to our corporate, organization, and individual sponsors. The cooperation of the French government, Terres australes et antarctiques francaises (TAAF), the base commander on Amsterdam Island, and many French amateurs has been outstanding. We are deeply indebted to these organizations and individuals.
You should hear from us one more time before we leave home and head for Australia. Thank you everyone for your interest and support.
Ralph – K0IR