TX5K : Clipperton Island 2013

We couldn’t let the chance slip for our Members. We couldn’t let a so important DXpedition slip for MDXC.
Now it’s official: the Mediterraneo DX Club is a sponsor of TX5K from Clipperton Is. Free internal QSL service available for all MDXC Members. The team is happy to announce their next expedition to Clipperton for March 2013.


DXpedition to Clipperton Island has received the callsign TX5K to be used during the operation. With the addition of Luis XE1L, Dave WJ20, and Giovanni I5JHW, the team has 23 members. One space remains available for another operator, scientist, or other supporter who wishes to join the DXpedition.We are proud to announce that the QSL manager will be Bob N2OO. Offsite team member Dean N7XG is developing new software to help automate some of the operations at the QSL manager and his team.The expedition will use DXA, the system that enables real-time web display of the log data, first used on Kure Atoll K7C 2005, to provide confirmation of valid QSOs in about 1 minute after they are made. We will also make use of ClubLog and LotW.The DXpedition will be active on all HF bands and modes for about 10 days. In addition to the radio operations, the team will carry out numerous scientific projects of environmental science, especially involving studying invasive and undiscovered species that have potential for catastrophic disruption of the Clipperton ecosystem. The team will study vortex winds produced by the island, and will document foraging by congenitally deformed birds. Advisor Robert Pitman reports that a significant portion of the masked boobies are deformed and apparently are fed by their parents their entire lives.The DXpedition is very pleased to acknowledge a personal gift from a world-famous ham of $10,000. While preferring to remain anonymous, the donor hopes that his gift will stimulate others to support the project. A particularly interesting activity will be the real-time Internet video connection with students. After the expedition the students will write essays for a compendium to be titled “Saving the World, by We the Students.” The publication is designed to be the first of a series of “Saving the World, by…” The team also will collect and remove plastic debris from the island. You can help in these efforts by making a donation through the link on the website.

Of course you can view the official site for future information.

15 November 2012

The current version (3.5) of the complete Project Description (PDF file 5.6 MB) can be downloaded at www.cordell.org/CI (click “DOCUMENTS”).

We are pleased to welcome Roman US5WDX, Walt N6XG, and Lance W7GJ to the team. Roman is the second Ukrainian member of the team.Walt is a member of “Team Vertical” and has been on numerous DXpeditions. Lance will bring equipment and his extensive experience with 6m/EME. We regret the withdrawal of Terry AB5K and Tom VE3CX, due to conflicts.

As planned, the team is now complete at 24 members. However, we have room on the boat and can accommodate on the team up to 4 more participants. If you would like to join us as a radio operator, science project participant, adventurer, or doctor, please contact Bob KK6EK@cordell.org. In particular, we would welcome the participation of a doctor or EMT, whether a radio operator or not.

The scientific work is already underway. Through contacts at the University of California Berkeley, a noted algologist (specialist in Marine algae) learned that we have team members in the Ukraine. The small salt water lakes there is known to harbor flagellated algae. These are microscopic plants that have a flagellum, similar to animal sperm cells. Our Ukranian team members are obtaining samples of the lake water, in hopes that it will contain these algae. If successful, these samples could resolve a major mystery involving genetic relationships.

We are seeking any school groups that might be interested in interacting with the expedition via real-time audio/video. If you are a teacher, please contact Bob KK6EK@cordell.org for more information.

We have received a generous contribution of $3500 from FlexRadio, for which we are most appreciative. We have also been awarded contributions by the European DX Foundation, the LA DX Group, and the Clipperton DX Club. Numerous individuals have made small donations to help us remove plastic debris from Clipperton—. Please see www.cordell.org/CI (“PLASTIC”).

Complete information about the project is available on the website www.cordell.org/CI. The project is being organized and will be led by:

Bob KK6EK schmieder (a) cordell.org
Chris DL1MGB Chris (a) DL1MGB.com.

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