Station Details:

The trip was based on the premise that the DXpeditioner needs to take all their equipment with them. The only things that were not taken were coax and operating tables, which were stored at the destination. Otherwise, everything was brought with the team.

Most of the team arrived late Sunday evening, but within about an hour of reaching the villa, they were operational on 20m. Klein, WT6G, made QSO#1, and then the pileups started! 20m was in great shape, and Klein was literally working the world, with Europe, USA, Japan calling at the same time. Even JT1CO called in! Then Klein realized that the power level of his 1000D was only set at 50w output! That didnt seem to slow him down at all :-)

The group got up early Monday morning before the sun was hot to get a lot of the antenna work done. When the afternoon sun was too hot, the crew came inside to do station work. By sundown on the first day, the antennas for 10-40m were operational, and most of the station was set up. Over the next two days, the group installed the antennas for 80m, 160m, 6m, and the Yagi.

Modes: Mostly SSB & CW, but also RTTY and PSK31

Rigs: FT1000Mark-V, FT1000D, TenTec Omni VI+, Icom 756 PRO

Amps: Acom 2000, Acom 1000, Alpha 86


160m: wire Inverted-L, 15m high, hung from a tree (used slingshot to put rope in the tree)

80m: single linear loaded vertical by Force 12

40m: 2 element parasitic array using new Force 12 Sigma-40 verticals

20, 17, 15, 12, 10m: Each band consisted of two element vertical arrays (parasitically coupled) within a few meters of the ocean. These antennas are the same design as the K5K Kingman verticals, and were provided by Force 12.

Tribander: C-3 @ 8m high. This was mostly used as a demonstration to show the effort needed to install a Yagi. Mostly the verticals were used, as they performed better than the Yagi.

6M: Lazy-V dipole @ 2.5m.

All antennas + 7m of mast were packed in 3 golf club carriers

Computers: Laptops

Software:  CT

Luggage: all luggage that carried equipment was hard-sided, and most met ATA specifications.