Latest Blog Update 05 April 2014. Click here to view.
QSLing Update Nigel G3TXF has been doing his usual amazing job with the QSLs. All direct and bureau cards requested to date (by mail, OQRS, etc) will have been processed within 4 weeks of our return from the expedition. A full report, along with some photographs, appears on Nigel’s website. Once he has fully recuperated (!), Nigel will start to look at the log enquiries that have been received to date (broken calls, not in log, etc.). Please bear with us on this – these can sometimes be quite time-consuming to resolve, which is why we made it a priority to deal first with straightforward QSL requests.
New Photos added 05 April 2014. For all photographs, see Photos (also under TX6G Live).
Update 05 April 2014 – Post-Expedition Report We ended with 76,760 QSOs, which was very satisfying. This equated to 73,850 QSOs net of duplicates, perhaps a truer measure. We hadn’t set out with a specific goal but were determined to take advantage of the excellent band conditions that became apparent once we started operating. The low bands, particularly 160m, were a little disappointing (we never did figure out why our 160m antenna didn’t work too well). However, 10 and 12m really produced the results, especially to Europe, which was our major target area. In, say, five years time, another expedition to the Australs could easily focus on the low bands, but would be unlikely to enjoy the high band propagation that we experienced. Our RTTY total was a little less than we had planned for but hopefully we gave many of you a new one. We are perfectly well aware that RTTY is in great demand nowadays. Our SSB QSO total was about one third of overall QSOs. SSB is hard work on these expeditions, especially at the beginning – the pile-ups are huge and unruly and we certainly didn’t want to spread the callers too much and end up causing major problems to other band users. So the final tally probably reflects the fact that all six of us are more comfortable on CW! If you want to dig more deeply with the statistics, they are available on the Club Log stats page: https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=TX6G#r (or simply follow the menus from the expedition listings) Similarly, if you look at the propagation page for your own country, under TX6G, it will not only show you the times for propagation by band, but also the number of QSOs made with your country by band. Our thanks are due to Dennis and Eléonore, proprietors of the Raivavae Tama Guest House (http://raivavaetama.com) who did everything they could to make our stay as successful as possible. Several previous expeditions have operated from there and with good reason. There are three chalets right on the beach, two of which we used as shacks. Our antennas were right on (in at high tide) the water and had a superb take-off to the north. We did not ask for sponsorship for this expedition – it was entirely self-funded. However, several individuals and organisations did provide help and assistance and this is recorded on our website (tx6g.com), with thanks. We are also grateful to those who, since our trip, have indicated a wish to make a donation by way of a “thank you”. There are photos on our website and we will post more as time allows. Nigel G3TXF will also be posting some of his own photographs on his g3txf.com site. Nigel is also handling QSLs. These will be printed quickly by Gennady UX5UO and will be mailed out soon after they arrive in the UK. Look out for the expedition write-ups (for example, in the CDXC Digest) and presentations in due course. We will also be writing up some of our thoughts on expedition operating, RTTY, Skimmer (we had one running to see if it would help in the CW pile-ups), the VDAs and possibly some other topics that come to mind. If there is interest, it may well be that we can post them on the website at a later date. The whole team is now at the Visalia DX convention, and most will return to the UK on Monday.