CQ Zone: 30
Of all the reefs in the Coral Sea that fall under Australian jurisdiction Mellish Reef is the most distant, being located approximately 1150km NNE of Brisbane the capital city of Queensland, 1080km East of Cairns, and 1100km West of Port Vila the capital of Vanuatu.
Prior DX-peditions from Mellish Reef include:
References: http://oceandots.com/pacific/coralsea/mellish.php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_Sea_Islands
The Mellish Reef DX-pedition now scheduled for March 28, 2014 to April 9, 2014.
Estimated 6 days sailing (Round Trip)
Planned 1.5 day setup / teardown
Planned 10 days on reef operation
Why Mellish Reef?
ClubLog’s recent DXCC Most Wanted List:
Number “ 25” most wanted globally
Number “24” most wanted Europe
Number “12” most wanted Data globally
Our plan is to operate from Mellish Reef in April 2014 for 10 days, setting up and running 6 stations 24/7 by 10 skilled and experienced DX-pedition operators, with RTTY as a priority
Active on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY
Offer ATNO to as many as possible
Provide as many band fills as needed
Extensive RTTY operation
QSO target of 80-100k QSOs
Secure and quick QSL confirmation
Immediate LotW upload
Having fun for all
– 6 Elecraft K3 transceiver
– 6 Elecraft KPA500 linear amps
– Vertical antennas w/auto tuners
– N1MM Logging on laptop computers
– 2 operating tents
– 1 tent for breaks
– Sleeping and meals on boat
– 2 teams of 5 operators per shift
…. more details will be added.
Our goal is to give as many as possible an “All Time New One”
1. If you cannot hear us – please don’t call. Wait until propagation and conditions favor your QTH for one or more of the Bands / Modes.
2. Unless you hear otherwise from the Operator, we will ALWAYS be operating in SPLIT MODE throughout the DXpedition.
3. Listen to the Operator for RX frequencies (e.g., “up 5 to 10”, or “listening on 7.155”, etc.)
4. You have two ears and one mouth, so please try to listen more, talk less. Be patient.
5. During SSB pileups, please use common phonetics, do NOT call continually without listening or call over a station being worked.
6. During ALL pileups, listen for YOUR call on the comeback. Trust that we have two good ears.
7. We’re not impressed by those who add to the QRM by constantly calling out of turn.
8. Please do not Tune Up on any of our TX frequencies or any of our RX slots!
9. If we ask for “EU” only or “QRP only” or any other specific request, please QRX.
10. Resist those “insurance” QSOs. We want to maximize unique QSOs, not Dupes.
11. Whenever possible, we will try to listen in the General portion of the band.
12. Do not repeat our call sign, we know it.
Remember: We want you in our log. Please help us get you there.