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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.
Thanks to the FT5ZM Team – a new set of pictures sent from Amsterdam Island documenting the DXpedition. Enjoy!
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.
A 2nd update of the FT5ZM log is now available online.
News From Amsterdam Island – FT5ZM – 0900 UTC Jan. 30, 2014
All of the FT5ZM team are safe and well. The Braveheart crew and food have been exceptional on this trip. We had three rough days at sea; otherwise sea conditions were quite benign. Our landing on Amsterdam went well.
Logistics on the island — moving gear, distances involved, and the terrain are all very difficult and consumed a lot of time and energy. For example, at the Antonellis site the grasses are chest-high and conceal holes and rocks. Terrain varies 30 ft in height in a 30 foot distance. All this makes antenna installation, placing radials, and running feed lines very difficult. The path between Mataf and Antonelli is NOT a straight line and IS a very LONG walk. But, we have completed all our installations without incident or injury.
The French staff on Amsterdam have been wonderful. Their help, encouragement, and interest is amazing.
We are struggling with noise on 12 and 30 meters and occasionally on 15. While we work to resolve this, we ask your patience if we have difficulty hearing you on these bands. After installing our 160 meter antenna, taking it down, and replacing it, first full night on 160 meters netted 500 QSO’s We are very happy about that.
Thank you for your good wishes and greetings on the air.
73, Ralph – K0IR
The very first FT5ZM log is now online.