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Operating plan

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    Schedule


    calendar2The Mellish Reef DX-pedition now scheduled for
    March 28, 2014 to April 9, 2014.


    - March 17 Advance team arrives Mackay
    - March 20 Evohe arrives Mackay from New Zealand
    - March 22-23 Team arrives Mackay
    - March 25 Load boat and depart that day
    - March 25 – 28 At sea
    - March 28/29 Arrive Mellish Reef
    - March 29 – April 9 At Mellish Reef
    - April 9 Break down stations, load boat and depart
    - April 9 – 12 At sea
    - April 13 Arrive Mackay / unload
    - April 14 – 15 Return rented equipment, repack gear and ship to Hungary / USA
    - April 16 / 17 Advance team departs Mackay for home

    Notes:
    1.    We allowed 3.5  days at sea to and from the reef
    2.    Schedule allows one full day to unload the boat and set-up / and one full day to tear down and load boat
    3.    If we arrive at Mellish sooner we will operate longer

     

    Why Mellish Reef?


    dreamstime xs 19939816ClubLog's recent DXCC Most Wanted List:


    Number “ 22” most wanted globally

    Number  “23” most wanted Europe

    Number  “15” most wanted Data globally

    Our plan is to operate from Mellish Reef in April 2014 for 10 days, setting up and running 6 stations 24/7 by 11 skilled and experienced DX-pedition operators, with RTTY as a priority.
    Active on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY

     

    Goals

     

    goals 2- Offer ATNO to as many as possible

    - Provide as many band fills as needed

    - Extensive RTTY operation

    - QSO target of 80-100k QSOs

    - Secure and quick QSL confirmation

    - Immediate LotW upload

    - Having fun for all






  • Band/Mode
     CW
     SSB
     RTTY
     160 m
        1,826.5
     
     
     80 m
        3,523
       3,790
     
     40 m
        7,023
       7,082
       7,035
     30 m
      10,103
     
      10,142
     20 m
      14,023
      14,185
      14,080
     17 m
      18,079
      18,140
      18,099
     15 m
      21,023
      21,295
      21,080
    12 m
      24,894
      24,955
      24,912
     10 m
      28,023
      28,495
      28,080


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  • Stations Setup:


    K3 KPA500 black


    -    6 Elecraft K3 transceiver

    -    6 Elecraft KPA500 linear amps
    -    2 SteppIR BigIR vertical 80-10 m
    -    1 SteppIR BigIR vertical 40-10 m
    -    3 SteppIR CrankIR vertical 40-10 m
    -    4 squere vertical array for 40 m
    -    2 folding hex beam for 20- 10 m
    -    1 18 m Spiderpole inv L for 160 m with SGC-235 automatic antenna coupler
    -    1 18 m Spiderpole wire vertical for 80 m with SGC-235 automatic antenna coupler
    -    2 300 m beverages
    -    N1MM Logging on laptop computers
    -    2 operating tents
    -    1 tent for breaks
    -    2 teams of 5 operators per shift


    VK9MT site plan


    Antennas
    1. BigIR, 40-10 m, CW
    2. 80 m, 18 m pole with SGC tuner, CW
    3. CrankIR, 40-10 m, CW
    4. BigIR, 40-10 m, CW
    5. 160 m, 18 m pole with SGC tuner, CW

    6. CrankIR, 40-10 m, SSB/RTTY
    7. BigIR, 40-10 m, SSB/RTTY
    8. CrankIR, 40-10 m, SSB/RTTY

    9. Beveriges, 160/80 m
    10. 4 SQ, 40 m
    11. Folding hex beam, 20-10 m

    Tents
    1. CW camp
    2. SSB/RTTY camp
     vk9mt site plan

  • Thanks to Stu K6TU for his outstanding job in developing customized propagation prediction tools. Please feel free to use his propagation forecast tools to predict conditions towards VK9MT based on your location and your equipment.
     
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  • Operating guidelines


    We want you in our log, so please help us by following these guidelines.

    Our goal is to give as many as possible an "All Time New One"


    1.      If you cannot hear us - please don't call. Wait until propagation and conditions favor your QTH for one or more of thejumping-on-key Bands / Modes.

    2.      Unless you hear otherwise from the Operator, we will ALWAYS be operating in SPLIT MODE throughout the DXpedition.

    3.      Listen to the Operator for RX frequencies (e.g., "up 5 to 10", or "listening on 7.155", etc.)

    4.      You have two ears and one mouth, so please try to listen more, talk less. Be patient.

    5.      During SSB pileups, please use common phonetics, do NOT call continually without listening or call over a station being worked.

    6.      During ALL pileups, listen for YOUR call on the comeback. Trust that we have two good ears.

    pileup7.      We're not impressed by those who add to the QRM by constantly calling out of turn.

    8.      Please do not Tune Up on any of our TX frequencies or any of our RX slots!

    9.      If we ask for "EU" only or "QRP only" or any other specific request, please QRX.

    10.  Resist those "insurance" QSOs. We want to maximize unique QSOs, not Dupes.

    11.  Whenever possible, we will try to listen in the General portion of the band.

    12.  Do not repeat our call sign, we know it.

    Remember: We want you in our log. Please help us get you there.

SUNRISE SUNSET AT MELLISH REEF

  May 14 May 07
Sunrise UTC: 19:52 19:50
Sunset UTC: 07:13 07:16
 

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