It has been a while since the last news about our DXpedition to Lord Howe Island in October 2014. But that doesn't mean that nothing happened since then. OK, the experience we gained with the last DXpeditions in preparing and packing the sea freight makes it easier with the time. But nevertheless it was again a huge amoount of work to get all ready to go.
Nearly the whole team met in Goch at the great station of DR1A where we packed all our equipment. Though we already have a good selection of radios, amplifiers and antennas on our stock, there are always new ideas coming up with each DXpedition which lead to even more equipment. So it was this time. For the planned contest operation as well as for the normal DXpedition we plan to set up two-radio setups which are sharing the available antennas. Also the antenna planning needed some brain power. For the high bands we will use both horizontal and vertical polrized monoband antennas for each band, because they were available and because they minimize interferences between the bands. Having a big field to set up antennas is good, but having the shack at one end of the property, you need long cable runs to feed all the antennas. Therefore over 1,500 metres of coax cable and another 1,400 metres of control cable went into the boxes. At the end of the weekend we had over 3 tons of equipment packed in nearly 60 different boxes. They will now be shipped from Germany to Australia mainland and further on to Lord Howe Island. Be sure you don't miss the pictures in our gallery on http://www.lordhowe2014.org/service/gallery/index.php.
We had one sad moment when Felix DL5XL had to tell us that he had to cancel his participation due to his job commitments at that time. With him we loose an excellent operator buddy!
More or less by chance we got in contact with Joerg DF7TH. He has already been known to Dietmar DL3DXX and Gerd DJ5IW. They shared the operating seat at XF4DL in 2006. Being a CW enthusiast he has been active from EI, TK, LX, OD5, EA8 or IS0 in the past. Working as a freelancer in hardware and software development, he found the time to join our group to follow to Lord Howe Island. Having now three Joerg in the team, we decided to name them after their callsign numbers: Joerg-6 (DF6JC), Joerg-7 (DF7TH) and Joerg-8 (DL8WPX). Sounds like fun when calling for a Joerg. So welcome to the team, Joerg-7!
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