[VHFcontesting] The 2nd Annual K5N DXpedition....

Marshall-K5QE k5qe at k5qe.com
Tue Dec 11 21:17:19 EST 2012

Hello to all interested in FFMA and 6M grid chasing.....Here is the 
announcement of the K5N 2nd Annual Winter DXpedition....If you are 
interested in EL28, clear your schedule, be sure your coax is dry and 
look for us while we are down there. We would love to work you....

************BEGIN ANNOUNCEMENT************

The K5N Grid Activation Group would like to announce their 2nd Annual 
Winter DXpedition.  This time, we are going to EL28, just southwest of 
Houston.  While EL28 is not a super rare grid, there seem to be a fair 
number of people that need that grid.  Marty-AB5GU has graciously 
allowed us to use an RV pad that he owns down south of Sargent, TX, for 
this expedition.  Thanks a lot Marty!!

We plan to arrive on site late in the afternoon on Saturday, the 29th of 
December.  We will begin the camp setup, but it gets dark very early 
now, so we will not be operational the evening of the 29th.  We will 
build the antennas and get everything setup Sunday morning, Dec 30th and 
will be QRV from then until 8AM on Wednesday, Jan 2nd.  At that point, 
we will tear down and drive home.

Last year, we operated 50.215MHz and when Es happened, everyone deserted 
us and ran down to 50.125MHz.  This time, we are going to try 50.128MHz 
as our frequency for Es and MS.  For those few contacts on EME, we will 
try 50.190MHz.

Operators for this trip are Bill-N5YA, George-NR5M, Colin-KU5B, 
Kenny-K5KNY, and Marshall-K5QE.  We are also expecting some "part time 
help" from Dan-N5TM and possibly Danny-N5OMG.

The gear this time will be the same 2 x 6M5X antennas that we used in 
DL88 and the DL99-DM90 DXpeditions.  We will have a combined pair of the 
M2 6M-1000 amps, so we should be able to run high power the entire 
time.  When the moon is right, we will attempt a few EME contacts...this 
in an attempt to work some of the guys in WA that cannot reach EL28 via 
Es during the summer.  Also, Bo-SM7FJE wants to work us.  That would be 
a cool contact.

Dan-N5TM is working on a private chat page for us to use.  Dan seems to 
be an expert on chat pages and clients for those pages. We will announce 
exactly how to use the chat feature when Dan gets it
finalized.  When we were in DL88, we tried to use the ON4KST 50MHz 
Region2 chat page.  That chat page was so full of EU stations that it 
was useless for our purposes.  Dan's private chat page seems like a 
great addition to our setup.  We plan to have Internet connectivity 
through the cell phone system, so it is important that we don't use much 
bandwidth.  That is exactly what Dan's pages will do for us.

We hope to work everyone that needs EL28.  Clearly, if we don't get 
anything from the winter Es peak, then we will be running a lot of 
digital meteor scatter.  MS is a slow mode, but we will do the best that 
we can.

The main outlines of this expedition are settled, but there could be 
small changes as we go along.

I will try to keep everyone posted, so keep an eye out for any further 
postings.  Thank you for that.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year....


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