It’s 10am local time (0030 UTC) on Thursday morning and I’ve just spoken on the phone to the boat captain. We’ll be leaving the mainland at 2:00pm local time (0430 UTC) today. I should land on North Island around 4:00pm local time (0630 UTC).
The goal will be to erect verticals on the beach for 20m and 40m to get me on the air tonight. I won’t have time for anything else today. Temperatures here are 37C to 40C with high humidity and so it’s important not to expose myself to heatstroke. I can’t put up antenna’s at night due to the crocodiles.
So I hope to be on the air today by 0900 UTC. The 40m quarter wave vertical should work fine on 15m too. North America may not hear me too well on 20m in their local morning as its a land path on the short path, so the verticals wont work that great to you. Mind you it’ll be a water path via long path later in the 2100 UTC period for 20m.
On Friday morning local time (around 0000 UTC) I’ll be putting up the Spiderbeam 15m-17m-20m tribander and the remaining verticals. So by 0500 UTC on Friday the full complement of antennas will be in action.
Remember there’s no phone service or internet on the island and so I can’t see the DX cluster or read emails and club log will be uploaded when I’m back on the mainland. But I do have a satellite phone for safety reasons. From time to time I’ll SMS my wife who will act as a pilot and spot me on the DX cluster.
So just be patient with me today, the weather is incredibly oppressive and things take longer to do in a safe manner up here. I look forward to getting you in the log
73s de Craig VK5CE