NA-211 off the northern coast of Oregon
Well, I know what I will be doing this weekend – besides going to the gym. I’m hoping my UrbanBeam can be heard by their UrbanBeam – with me running only 5 watts.
Conditions are poor right now on 40M – the noise is S9, an its been this way for a good week now. Even so, because I am so close, I am hopeful. I’m guessing that maybe 20M will be a good shot – I worked Vancouver Island up that way on 20M easily, and also Sledge Island on 40 and 20M easily in the last month.
In a lot of ways, this activation is as exciting – or maybe even more exciting – than working Navassa or Desecheo. Its even more challenging of a place to get to, and they are doing it for a tiny fraction of those $500K plus DXpeditions.
It sure puts things in perspective. What is it (or was it at this point) was it that caused so many people to raise $500K plus for activation’s that are not even as exciting as landing a helicopter on a lighthouse roof? I am seriously starting to think we are already past “Peak DXCC” – I think 3Y0Z was the sentinel of things to come – that the days of $500K plus DXpeditions is over. I think 2016 and that first quarter was like the fireworks finale – and so I’m thinking being a part of that DXpedition and DXCC history makes VK0EK even more important as far as my silly little radio hobby is concerned.
Hmmmmmmm. I still need to donate to this one – what a great feat they are attempting in a beautiful part of the world.