Malpelo 2012: DXpedition to be extended?

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Malpelo DXpedition 2012 – Nov. 28, 2011

Recently three US members (K4UEE, N4GRN and W6IZT) of the Malpelo 2012 DXpedition flew to Cartagena, Colombia and met with six of their Colombian counterparts. The purpose of the two day meeting was to make some critical decisions about the upcoming DXpedition to Malpelo Island. Also, checklists and inventories were finalized and all team members’ responsibilities were assigned.

Since it is highly unlikely that the various Colombian authorities will permit another DXpedition to Malpelo anytime soon; a decision was made to extend the DXpedition to 16-17 days from the previous 12-14 day plan. The approximate dates of operations will be January 21, 2012 through February 5/6, 2012.
Four team members will travel with all equipment, radios, antennas and infrastructure to Malpelo in early January. They will be transported by the Colombian Navy. They will arrive about two weeks prior to the rest of the Team and will set up camp, the two operating sites, radios and antennas. They will spend about 30 days on the island. This will allow the rest of the team to begin radio operations immediately upon arrival by chartered vessel.

As mentioned there will be two operating sites, each with a complete complement of antennas and radios with amplifiers. The first operating site will be co-located with the Colombian marine’s camp on the east side of the island. It is clear to East Coast USA, EU and Africa. In order to have a clear shot at JA/Asia, the Pacific region and W6/W7; the second operating site will be located near the top of the highest mountain peak on the island. However, to lessen the physical risks to the team members, the operating site will be located on platforms situated below the actual peak.
Still, it will be a 45 minute uphill climb to reach the platforms. The antennas for that site will be on the top of the mountain peak. At times, there will be as many as nine stations QRV with the capability of dual mode operations on all bands.

Safety of the team is paramount. We will be installing a winch system to hoist team members and all of our equipment from our chartered ship’s Zodiac onto the island. From there, manpower will carry the equipment the 300 meters straight uphill to the marine camp. The trail to the elevated operating site is extremely dangerous. We will utilize harnesses and safety ropes to minimize the risks. This is going to be a difficult and expensive DXpedition. Every effort will be made to maximize QSOs while protecting the safety of the team members. It is a delicate balance.

Your financial support is necessary and gratefully accepted. Contributions can be made via our website at: http://www.hk0na.com/sponsors

We plan periodic press releases with information of interest. Also, watch the website for breaking news.

Thanks,
Jorge Prieto, HK1R
DXpedition leader

Co-leaders:
Bob Allphin, K4UEE
Gregg Marco, W6IZT

 

 

MDXC is one of the sponsors of Malpelo 2012.

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One Response to “Malpelo 2012: DXpedition to be extended?”

  1. iz8ccw says:

    January 6/2012
    The fantastic four” are working very hard and doing a great job
    on the Island! We are in daily contact with them. They are tired but in high
    spirits.

    Most of the camp infrastructure and antennas for Op.B (bajo) is now complete.
    Two antennas require further testing.

    Today, they made the climb to the top of the mountain (300m), this will be the
    location for Op. A (alto). The purpose was to survey the antenna and operating
    locations. It is a fairly strenuous climb, and it took about 40 minutes to get
    to the top. Afterward, a decision was made to place the operating position and
    sleep tent at the very top of the mountain and schedule operators for 2 day
    shifts to minimize transit risks. Set up of the camp infrastructure and antennas
    at OP A will begin in a couple of days.

    We plan another press release prior to our departure to Bogota on Jan. 18 th.