IOTA SA 096
03 - 08 / 01 / 2013
(1) Via Direct - Use ONE of the options below:
(a) OQRS from ClubLog, no need to mail cards/SAE.
(b) PayPal at least USD 4 (NA) / USD 5 (outside NA) and email QSO data to email@example.com, no need to mail cards/SAE.
(b) Mail QSO data with SAE and sufficient return postage to Cezar Trifu, 410 College St., Kingston, Ontario K7L 4M7, Canada. Requests with insufficient postage will be replied via the bureau.
DO NOT SUBMIT OTHER QSL REQUESTS WITH THOSE FOR SA-096, AS THEY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REPLIED VIA THE BUREAU.
(2) Via Bureau
Send your request via the bureau to VE3LYC. Cards will be sent out based on ‘first received, first replied’ service.
Mar 18, 2013
All direct QSL requests received to date have been answered, and cards mailed this afternoon.
Feb 07, 2013
QSL design has been finalized and cards are now in printing.
Jan 06 - 2013
It is not our intention to present here a detailed account of this very eventful operation. However, for the record, we would like to offer a brief summary. After having taken a couple of accidents (Chochi – the boatman, and Jose/LU2WAZ), and after abandoning the primary gear intended for the operation (two rigs, many accessories, waterproof laptop, a tent, etc.), we succeeded to return to the island in the evening of Jan 4. Alex and Cezar landed first, swimming hard against the tidal current and hull, while avoiding the shallow rocks. After a quick check, we noticed that our fears materialized and everything we had left behind a day earlier was lost. We knew that this was likely to happen, but had no choice. As such, we asked Johan and Miguel (LU2WMM), who came with a second transport, to bring the spare rig and antenna.
Pablo (Jose’s son) was phenomenal in identifying the most convenient swimming path and landing spot through the foamy waters, securing our position on the sharp rocks, and pulling the heavy drums from the water. Landing is possible when the tide decreases toward the minimum, and it can only be done on daylight in the evening. By the time we had everything on the island we were left with only half an hour to spare. We worked very hard to make a pathway through the “lobos marinos” (which are different than sea lions). It was Miguel’s determination and ingenuity which allowed us to get on top of the island just in time. We made a huge noise using two whistles and an improvised drum, and kept a heavy rope and a boat paddle handy.
The antenna was set up using flashlights and head-lamps. We decided to operate under the open sky, and keep the little tent we had with us for rest. During our stay on the island we only had water, a few cereal bars, and a couple of apples. Within half hour we worked on 20 m stations from five continents with was indicative of the good propagation conditions. Since the spare rig didn’t work with our only electronic key left, we had to remain in SSB. However, this allowed us to maximize the number of different stations logged. At any time we used one operator, two guys as guards, while resting one person. After 17 hours of operation, the team had to go QRT. Having already had a couple of accidents, the logistical team wasn’t keen to take any chances. Everyone returned safely to the mainland.
We had definitely intended a longer operation, so that we can give more chasers the possibility to put SA-096 in their logs. Unfortunately, a series of circumstances prevented us from doing so. Nevertheless, we made over 2,050 QSOs with stations in 6 continents. We take full responsibility for the decisions make, including those which led to so many valuables being lost at sea. This being said, any donations, any support from the IOTA community at large that will help us continue to defray some of our expenses, and replace our equipment will be highly and publicly appreciated on the DXpedition website. It is our belief that future attempts to operate from Escondida Is. will benefit highly from this experience.
Jan 05 - 2013
The members of the expedition have had another problem. They have suffered the loss of two ICOM’s and one of the two antennas that were inside a PVC tank. They had left the items on the island and the next day they were floating in the water. Also, bad weather is expected, so they are forced to end the activity
We are on the Island!!!
14.260mhz - 03:05 aprox
Jan 04 - 2013
Alex and Cezar landed with difficulty on Jan. 3. On next transport, boatman suffered and accident and was taken to hospital in Trelew for stiches.
Emergency boat was too small to bring necessary and additional supplies and so the men had to return leaving the gear on the island. Protection against very aggressive "lobos marinos" very difficult.
We tried to land again morning of Jan. 4 but not able to due to ocean swells. On the return trip another accident occurred and Jose went to hospital with a bruised leg. We will try again .
Cezar VE3LYC - LU6W --- via --- VE3GHK - George
Jan 03 - 2013
The team arrived on the island - but only two of the six crew left the elements for radio stations.
Jan 02 - 2013
Everyone and everything is ready, the team is leaving Puerto Madryn on Jan 3 at 4:45 am local time (7:45 UTC). We will drive and park across Escondida Is., about 140 km from Puerto Madryn. Half distance is on asphalt and half on dirt road. From there, we will head to the island providing that wind and sea swell allows us to. If we can land, note that it will take us quite a bit of time to set camp, put up there antennas, and start the operation. Please be patient!
Jan 01 - 2013
Beautiful weather today. on the mainland! Too windy and too much swell to put the boat on water. However, we have a very good news to communicate: Cezar´s luggage arrived with the two ICOM IC-7000 rigs and one antenna, and we picked it up in Trelew. We met with Chicho, the boatman, who appears supportive of our attempt. We maintain the plan I indicated in the previous message, i.e. to head out to the island on Jan 3. Until then, some of the operators will be infrequently on the air from the Radioclub de Pt. Madryn, LU6WG.
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