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  1. Penguin Lust A Production ofThe Boring Amateur Radio Club

  2. Methodology

  3. DXpeditions We Used As Models • VK0IR – Heard Island, 1997 • 6 complete stations with Alpha amplifiers • 70,000 lbs of gear • ZL9CI – Campbell Island, 1999 • 6 complete stations with Commander amplifiers • 9 yagis, 9 masts • D68C – Comoros Islands, 2001 • 26 corporate sponsors, 41 radio club sponsors • 26 operators, three weeks on the air • 6Y2A Contest Expeditions to Jamaica • Vertical antennas only – no yagis

  4. Simplified Financial Process • Up front funding by • Team members • An exclusive grant from northern California DX Foundation • No club, individual, equipment or QSL sponsors

  5. Expedition Goals • Blitz-style operation, with quick setup and dismantle • Work a lot of guys • Live to tell the story • Be prepared to leave the island on 4 hours notice • Eliminate anything that doesn’t contribute directly to survival and to working lots of guys • Web sites • Web logs • Pilot stations • “Promises” • Achieve above with <1000 lbs of gear

  6. Expedition Goals 5. Avoid living in this house

  7. Penguins Micro-Lite Gear • Lightweight Honda generator • Looks like a vacuum cleaner • Weighs 13 kg (29 lbs) • Super quiet • 900 watts continuous duty

  8. Penguins Micro-Lite Gear • Kenwood TS-50 • HF mobile rig • Weighs 3 kg • Introduced 10+ years ago • Rugged

  9. Penguins Micro-Lite Gear • ¼-Wave verticals • ½-Wave vertical dipoles • RG-8X mini coax • Band pass filters

  10. Penguins Micro-Lite Gear • Dell Latitude XPi/133 laptop computers • “Disposable” • Compatible with K6STI RiTTY software + WF1B • CT version 9 for logging SSB and CW contacts • No network • Backups made hourly • Backups of backups made daily

  11. Operating Strategy • Vertical antennas • You don’t have to be a propagation genius when you are using a vertical • Heavy shoveling • Recruit “big gun” ops

  12. A “Big Gun” Operator inaction

  13. Falkland Islands South Georgia

  14. South Georgia South Sandwich

  15. South Georgia Southern Thule

  16. Where do Penguins come from?

  17. GulfQuebecFloridaONLY!!

  18. Hasta 10 estaciones iguales a estas para concursos en multi-multi