Power will be sourced from a Honda petrol generator. Because of limited fuel carrying capacity aboard the catamaran and crew safety being paramount only 100 litres of fuel will be taken, which will provide approximately 100 hours of continuous operation.
As this is not a full-on DXpedition, operation will be limited to
40/20/15/10M CW/SSB (concentrating on 10 & 15M) and
one 6M CW/SSB station.
One Yaesu FT-920 will be used on this DXpedition for 10/15/20/40M
with a Tribander & 40M Dipole.
The 6M station will comprise of a Kenwood TS-60 along with a
5 element K6STI optimized yagi.
A late addition is an Icom IC-706 which the 6M operator will activate on 10M
in case 6M is dead and there is no interference from the main HF station.
will be performed by CT by K1EA.
This logger can interface to the FT-920 via it's CAT interface, download band
and mode information and use that when a QSO is logged. This prevents
any manual operator error. It can also generate the CW for a CW QSO
exchange, reducing operator fatigue. Once home the log data will be imported
into DX4Windozes as our QSL Manager finds DX4Win a better package for
handling the QSLing functions.
Log data will be sent back via a Westinghouse F-1000 satellite phone.
Apart from voice comms this unit also has a data mode which will interface
directly to a laptop PC. Max baud rate is only 2400bd, but does the job!