The advance team to Malpelo, commonly referred to as the â€œFantastic Fourâ€, are working very hard and doing a great job on the Island, despite several days of heavy rain and wind. All of the camp infrastructure and antennas for OP.B (bajo) is now complete and the guys have tested all the antennas. They appear to be working as planned with good signal reports from around the world, including Asia long path.
The next step in the project is to make safe the climb to the top of the mountain where OP. A (alto) will be situated. Safety lines are being installed along the most treacherous sections of the trail.
Once in place, construction will begin. There will be an operating tent with four radios and 500w amps and six antennas. There will also be a sleeping tent, as the decision has been made to send crews to the top for 48 hour shifts. This is to minimize the risks of transit up and down.
Under the current scheduling plan devised by W0GJ, each team member will serve on four 48 hour shifts during our stay on the island.
Beginning at 0001 Zulu, January 10, 2012 the advance team will start using the HK0NA call sign.
Please understand that their primary purpose on the island is to prepare everything for the team arriving in about 10-12 days. In their off time, they may be QRV.
Any contacts made with the men using their home calls should count as valid contacts with Malpelo and will be confirmed through the teamâ€™s QSL manager N2OO. Keep in mind their logs wonâ€™t be sent to N2OO until after the DXpedition and those QSOs will not show in the HK0NA â€œlog lookupâ€.
The team has asked two experienced DXers to act as team â€œPilotsâ€. San, K5YY is chief pilot and all communications to the team will go through him. Col, MM0NDX will act as the European Pilot. Please check the website for their â€œguidelines.â€ And please, do not contact them prior to the beginning of the DXpedition, which should be on the afternoon of January 21st if all goes well.
We want to thank all of our sponsors for their generosity. This includes DX Foundations, DX Clubs and hundreds and hundreds of individual DXers who have contributed toward our expenses. Contributions can be made via our website at: www.hk0na.com/sponsors
We plan periodic uploads of pictures and updates from the island. Watch the website for ongoing news.
Jorge Prieto, HK1R Co-leaders:
DXpedition leader Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and Gregg Marco, W6IZT