VK0EK – Heard island

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The Mediterraneo DX Club is  sponsor of VK0EK Heard island expedition .

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Team member Adam Brown, K2ARB, (who has been to Antarctica twice), gave us a link to an awesome web site that shows several different weather and sea condition factors, all plotted on a gorgeous animated map.  If you go to this site:

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https://www.windyty.com/?waves,-34.008,313.166,1

You will see that the waves are between 10 and 20 feet in the vicinity of the Braveheart (with the VP8 Team) and that the wind is blowing at 24 – 28 knots, which is about 32 mph. Now lets look at what is going on near Heard Island:

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The wind is a bit calmer as are the waves near Heard Island, but West of Kerguelin there is an obvious disturbance that is about the same as what the VP8 Team is experiencing.

 

Jan. 14, 2016. Team member Kenneth Karr was recently profiled as a member of the VKØEK team, bound for Heard Island. The Fluvanna Review, the county newspaper in Ken’s home area (Palmyra, Virginia), did a feature article on Ken and his central role in preparing for the expedition. Karr is not, he said, concerned about traversing the vast expanse of ocean that surrounds Heard Island. “I spent 25 years underwater in the world’s oceans,” Karr said with a smile, referring to his career in the submarine sevice of the Navy–including time as commander of two nuclear attack submarines. “I am looking forward to getting back on the water,” he said. “It has been a while!”

Ken was accepted as a member of the group partially because of his experience with managing projects and partially for his ability to operate radios on amateur frequencies. Ken’s radio callsign is NG2H. The radio operation will be a major effort wihile the group is on the island, together with the scientific program related to biodiversity and climate change. The article included a salute to the local (Fluvanna) support group, including Dave Scott (KN4ZQ), James Kirkham (K4JK), Manny Rodriguez (K4MSR), Glenn Schumacher (W4XR), and Lee Moyer (K4ISW).

 

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