8985Re: Fwd: [Wswss] K5N expedition needs operators
- Jun 1, 2012Hello Magic Banders!
Marshall just informed me that they still need 2 good operators for the K5N 6m Es/EME
DXpedition to DL88 in a couple of weeks. If you know of any experienced 6m operators
or contesters who could be available, please forward this information to them, and
spread the word!
Certainly, if you are one of the fortunate few who already have worked DL88 on 6m,
you should consider helping out in this activation ;-) This is one of the rarest
grids in the USA, and is probably the best equipped and one of the most ambitious
FFMA grid activations ever. Please contact K5QE directly with any information or
Thanks for the bandwidth and GL this summer on the Magic Band! VY 73, Lance
On 5/30/2012 3:44 PM, Lance Collister, W7GJ wrote:
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [Wswss] K5N expedition needs operators
> Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 00:55:23 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Wayne Overbeck <overbeck6@...>
> To: Wswss@...
> K5QE asked me to forward this to west coast six meter
> operators who might be able to join the upcoming K5N
> expedition. 73, Wayne, N6NB
> Hello to everyone.....As many of you know, the K5N Grid Activation Group is
> planning a 6M DXpedition to the Big Bend area of Texas to activate 3 of the rarest
> grids down there.
> Group1 is planning to activate DL88--currently the rarest grid in the US. We will
> be "roughing it", sleeping in tents on the rocks and in the heat.
> Group2 is planning to activate the DL79-DL89 line in the Big Bend Ranch State
> Park. Unfortunately, all the members of Group2 except for George-NR5M have been
> forced to retire. This has happened primarily due to work conflicts that came to
> the fore at the last minute and one member who has not fully recovered from his
> open heart surgery of a year ago. He is just not completely up to par and did not
> want to risk the trip. For those that might not know George, he is a formidable
> operator and has serious resources that he can bring to bear on this project.
> We need to find some experienced ops that could commit to this DXpedition on short
> notice. IF you are interested OR know someone that might be interested, PLEASE
> call me or have them call me ASAP so that we can "cuss and discuss" things.
> Group2 will be staying in the Main Ranch House(Also called the Sauceda Big House)
> at the Big Bend Ranch State Park. This is like a 5 star motel facility.....like
> with showers, potties, air conditioning, a kitchen and other such stuff. You can
> see pictures of the main ranch house if you go to
> http://www.tomzap.com/FLIGHTtoBigBendRanch2.html. George has reserved the entire
> Big House for Group2 for the days that we will be there. George is bringing an air
> conditioned motor home with a generator to use as the operating position. No 128°
> heat like we will have in DL88......
> We are planning to provide all the gear for this operation, however, if we find
> that we need something and one of the new ops has that item, we would appreciate
> the loan for the time of the expedition. We really don't know what we are missing
> right now, because all the gear that was to have been provided by the other ops is
> not now available. I can put together almost all of the stuff that we need, but
> there will probably be some small items that we don't have. Clearly, each op will
> be responsible for his own personal gear.
> A basic outline for the expedition is this:
> 1)Depart from homes and drive to Marathon, TX on June 19th, a Tuesday. Clearly, if
> you are coming from a long distance away, this might not work. Russ-KB8U is flying
> to Midland and renting a car from there to drive to Marathon. Maybe someone could
> do that and car pool with Russ.
> 2)Drive to DL88(Group1) and to the DL79-DL89 grid line in the Big Bend Ranch State
> Park(Group2). Upon arrival, set up and start operating. We hope to be operating
> sometime in the afternoon of June 20th.
> 3)We will operate June 21st thru June 24th, ceasing operations at Midnight on
> Sunday the 24th.
> 4)Pack up as much as possible on Sunday, finish packing out on Monday morning(June
> 25th) and begin the drive home
> 5)Finish driving home or flying home on Tuesday--June 26th, depending on where you
> have to go.....
> We have a problem and we are in need of a solution. Are you a solution looking for
> a problem?? If so, please get in contact with me ASAP. We really don't want this
> major expedition to fail just because we can't find three good
> 73 Marshall K5QE
> Phone is 409-787-3830
Lance Collister, W7GJ
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