Straight Talk

KC9QPM and N9IO Lexan Panel

KC9QPM and N9IO displaying the patch panels they made for the two FT5ZM operating sites.  The feedlines from the antennas will terminate at the panels.  Transmit lines from the amplifiers will plug into these terminations.  This makes changing antennas very easy and avoids having to find the right antenna lead when you want to change bands.

SEDCO photo

Jerry, WB9Z, hauled a load of coax, wire, and other Amsterdam Island DXpedition supplies to the recent SEDCO meeting. The material has been moved to our staging warehouse in Atlanta. It and material already at the warehouse will be made ready for shipment to New Zealand in mid October. Those in the photo from left to right are: K4MQG, N4GRN, K4UEE, WB9Z, and W3OA.

18 thoughts on “Straight Talk

  1. Hello to the team

    I estimate your effort, spending money and time. But I do not estimate the big SPLIT and not telling from where to where the SPLI ist. Thats not fair.

  2. Hi Guys. As expected the pilups are so big so big that should appreciat if operator define the split to have some discipline, because there are lids calling from TX freq until 60 khz up…
    10 and 20 CW is worked, but very need the log search to confirme it it is or not in log.
    My questiopn is where is the log to serach it?

    Its a nice operation and enjoy the expedition…
    best regards to all of you
    73 de Jose CT1AOZ

  3. Hello,
    quite some poor operators for such a large operation. They do not announce the split ! I listen for them for the last hour and the op probably mentioned ‘5up’ once or twice. Reality is the split is much larger ? Also, they work only specific regions, why do they not announce it ? Like ‘JA only until 8:00 Z’ And yes, announcing the callsign at least every once in a while would be nice, too.

  4. I’m enjoying trying to working the DXpedition on bands. Only have 3 so far, but it has made me pay attention to the propogation charts and times. Thanks for the operation, looking forward to working you on more bands/modes.

  5. Hey Guys;
    Great dxpedition, great ops. Large pile ups of course require large splits.
    A bit of patience and skill is required along with decent rig will make the contacts
    Those who have neither are the frustrated jammers especially on cw.
    Best wishes and luck.

  6. de WB9LUR … If you are trying to work them and are frustrated – don’t give up! We are all dealing with the jammers, spammers, UP police and big guns with ERP’s in the mega-kilowatt range. But the ops at FT5ZM are good and they try very hard to pull you out. I’m only running 100 watts – ground mtd vertical (on 10-15-20-40M) and inverted “V” at 20 feet (on 30m) here … first QSO on 20m was sheer good luck but on 30m it took a lot more work … don’t give up!

  7. Nice job guys. Safe travels. The operators are ding a fine job considering the lids that are jamming the transmit frequency. Best of luck and thank you for your efforts

  8. Really sharp and patient operators, and a good job with antennas. Actually heard them on 160 over my minus 90 dBm noise, and the op was steadily and clearly working each Q. Amazing 20 dB above noise on 80, and they heard my 100 ft random wire at 20 ft & 100 watts from the south left coast. Impossible, but they did it! Only took 6 calls!. 20 was not a lot harder- same antenna. Ive been on the other end of the pileups (VP6DX), and these folks are doing very very well indeed.

  9. Considering that Amsterdam Island is literally on the opposite side of the world from me, I think the strength of their signals on certain bands have been absolutely tremendous. At one point their 17M CW signal was S9 making me wonder if it was real after I worked them. Fortunately, I was in the log so it was!

  10. I was worry to not contact them. Anyway professional behaviour of the whole team make me quite and relaxed. 15 QSOs is the unexpected result and and obvioyly I am extremely happy, especially on 40 m where my conditions are restricted to a low power and a simple dipole not so high above the ground (thank you Andrew). So, thank you guys, thank you all of you for the nice and superb job you did.

  11. Excellent job by all. I wonder how many more Q’s would have been made were it not for lids, jammers and police. At any rate, a first class operation. Well done and thank you!

  12. Thanks for the opportunity to work You on ALL bands!! – The first qso took me about 16 hours and 22 minutes of hard work. I worked 80+160+20 meters in 30 minutes many days later.

    What really exited med was my 10 meter SSB QSO from my car!! – 100 Watts (FT-857D) and an ATAS 120 mobile whip !!!

    73’s to all
    Lars, LB2TB

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