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.
Thanks to the TAAF staff at Amsterdam Island we publish very first images from the FT5ZM Team.
The FT5ZM DXpedition hits the air and is well audible across the bands with good signals around the globe. Meanwhile, and no wonder, the off-island team members start to receive a real avalanche of emails they cannot reply to. Most of them regard busted, incorrectly logged calls. Other emails regard split suggestions or “I worked you! TNX!” sent to… our webmaster Stan SQ8X. This is why we must repeat once again a very clear message – thanks for understanding and your kind cooperation with on-island team members!
IMPORTANT NOTICE! The FT5ZM Team will not be able to receive your emails during the DXpedition. The only channel to pass your remarks and suggestions to the Team is to contact one of our Pilot Operators assigned to your area. Reports of incorrect or missing calls in the log will be ignored during the DXpedition.
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.
Find all contacts to our Pilots assigned to your area at http://www.amsterdamdx.org/contact/
Good luck with working FT5ZM!
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.
It only took 50 trips to the island, but pretty much everything is ashore. The 1st tower is up with a 12 meter yagi. So they will probably make their first QSO on 12. The team is currently enjoying a well earned dinner right now at 14:30z.
The rumors that someone died are obviously FALSE. Any official announcements to the cluster will be with a valid call sign.
Great news coming thanks to our pilot Valerie, NV9L:
The team arrived at Amsterdam Island safely. They are waiting offshore for the island general to come aboard and do an inspection at their 0800 (about 2 hours from now). Once this is done, they can begin to painstakingly unload all the cargo onto the Zodiac and on to the island.
As the FT5ZM Team is departing from Perth, Australia for Amsterdam Island, thanks to Onno VK6FLAB we are pleased to publish a series of interviews with the team. They team spoke with Onno on their arrival in Perth before embarking on their 9 day ocean voyage to activate FT5ZM on Amsterdam Island. Interviews were conducted on the 11th and 12th of January 2014 in Perth, Western Australia (VK6).
Ralph Fedor, K0IR [04:53]
Team Leader of DXpedition to Amsterdam Island. How do you herd cats to make an expedition work? Memories of expeditions to the Island of Peter the First.
Bob Allphin, K4UEE [08:30]
This is a half a million dollar project, how does one finance such a large project? The CFO perspective. How do you get from the idea to the actual journey? Where does the funding come from? How did you get started? Memories of a contact on 160m, working Burma, into India and others.
Bob Shenck, N2OO [07:57]
Overview of Amsterdam Island as one of the top DXCC most wanted. Not activated for 15 years. 1979 – Spratley Islands, first DXpedition. Memories of contacts with Amsterdam Island, with Tristan da Cunha Island, Andaman Islands.
Jorge Prieto, HK1R [03:55]
Very excited to be on this adventure of a lifetime DXpedition, his second one. Looking for QRP stations from home in Colombia. What do you recommend to make contacts on Morse, how do you get started? Everybody is going to be on Kitchen Patrol. What’s the traditional Colombian dish you’re going to share?
Jay Slough, K4ZLE [07:17]
What’s required to make FT5ZM happen? It’s been a two year project. What’s the work – environment like? Is everyone a computer expert? Memories of a 20m CW contact with an 80-year old who developed radar in WWII. A re-enactment of the US Civil War, speaking with an artillery-man.
Arnie Shatz, N6HC [04:15]
What’s the thrill of being in a DXpedition? What makes you keep coming back? What’s the most gratifying part of DXpeditioneering? What was your most memorable contact?
Andy Chesnokov, UA3AB [04:48]
The weather in Amsterdam Island, from 8C in Moscow to 44C in Perth, through to 10C in Amsterdam Island. 100,000 contacts in log. Now I can give new countries to other people.
Neil King, VA7DX [06:03]
What do you expect to get out of this DXpedition? What is it that makes you keep coming back? How can you help yourself get the contact? How do you work split?
Steve Wright, VE7CT [06:05]
What is the shack on Amsterdam Island going to look like? What about sleeping arrangements? Any rivalry between Canada and the USA? What about your memorable contacts?
Jerry Rosalius, WB9Z [04:36]
What are you looking forward the most? What was your most vivid recollection for your first DXpedition in 1999? Can you give us a fly-over view of what antennas you’re going to be erecting?
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FT5ZM DXpedition to Amsterdam Island – 2014 interviews by Onno VK6FLAB are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
We are happy to announce it’s possible to track the FT5ZM Team as our journey to and from Amsterdam Island continues. Our current position is being marked on a satellite map live! Visit “The DXpedition” page to view the map and follow us.
Zoom in/out and pan the map to see exact locations of the team. Note the map displays approximate locations of the team. Current spots are being marked depending on satellite coverage available.