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During the weekend of Dec. 10, the European members of the team gathered in Goch, Germany, at the super contest staion DR1A, to assemble and pack most of the equipment for the two HF operating sites on Clipperton. The gear includes ten full HF stations, six 7 kW generators, and 50 large Pelican cases of radios, power supplies, antennas, parts, and tools. The effort was led by co-organizer Chris DL1MGB. Project organizer Robert Schmieder KK6EK made a special trip to Goch to interact with the team.
We have received the landing permit from the French authorities in Tahiti. Please go to the splash page and click on DOCUMENTS. The radio operating permit for TX5K was received last month.
We welcome Markus van Bergerem, DJ7EO, to the team. He has made arrangements for the generators (six 230 VAC 7 kW). The total team is now 25 persons.
We are pleased to report that the scientific work by the team has already begun. The two Ukrainian team members Roman US5WDX and Igor US0VA were able to obtain samples of water from a salt lake in the Ukraine that was known historically to contain a microscopic alga, Ochromonas triangulata, which has a flagellum and an eye spot, unusual structures for a plant! The samples were transferred to a specialist, Dr. Robert Anderson, who reports that they do contain the Ochromonas alga, and that the sample may help to resolve a mystery of genetic relationship of the genus. We expect many additional interesting scientific observations during our stay on Clipperton.
Two French scientists will join us on the island. They are Professor Christian Jost and Jean Morshel from University of French Polynesia. Prof. Jost and a colleague published a recent study of Clipperton: Jost, C.H. and S. Andrefouet, 2006, “Long term natural and human perturbations and current status of Clipperton Atoll, a remote island of the Eastern Pacific,” Pacific Conservation Biology 12, 3 pp. 207-218. The scientists will be taken to the island from a French naval vessel.
We have received a request from the French TV series THALASSA to accompany the expedition and make a feature film about the project, and we have accepted their offer.
We are pleased to announce that we have received an ARRL Colvin Award Grant of $5000, a grant from the German DX Foundation of 1400 EUR, a grant of $1000 from INDEXA, and a grant from the Passau DX Club of $250. All these, and various individual contributions, are greatly appreciated.
Addendum: The Project Description document was updated (version 3.7, PDF 3.7 MB) 28 Dec. 2012.