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Last month, we reached a milestone with the shipment of our equipment by sea which marks a real point of no return both logistical and financial support for the project.
Each element has been extensively tested in real conditions in order to overcome any bad surprise, then conditioned to simplify to the maximum installation. In total, a little more than 1200 kg of equipment are engaged in this adventure, complemented by one conveyed by the 10 operators, almost 1.5 tons. The departure for Juan de Nova is expected on 26 March. http://www.juandenovadx.com/en/equipment/
Now that we have secured the
hardware side, it is imperative to make sure we keep the announced
Provide to the greatest number a contact with Juan de Nova, especially for an ATNO
Special attention to the hard-to-reach zones
Special efforts on the low bands
To do this we have carefully looked at the propagation conditions. These will of course be updated closer to the departure to maximize them.
For Tromelin, they had proved fairly accurate, even for short openings LP and other peculiarities. A schedule such as this one (FT4JA Planning) will be displayed in front of each station and will be the score to play for the operators. Not surprisingly, the areas under the best conditions will be Europe and Japan followed by the east coast of the US and Oceania.
To conclude, the most difficult area to work will be the west coast of the US. We will follow these schedules so as not to miss any opening, with priority for those benefiting from shorter openings. This is what we announced and this is what we will do. We rely also on the cooperation of all of you.
We invite you to send now your information to the pilot station dedicated to your area. There is still time to make the necessary adjustments. Once there, our pilots will be the only contact persons. We will be sent daily compilations of your comments to adjust our operation if need be.
Finally, let us remind you that the band plan
coordinated with VK0EK is available on our website. The success of these
two concurrent projects will rely on your understanding of this band
plan and how you stick to it.
Only one thing has changed since our initial announcement: we will have 7 stations instead of 6, which you will admit, is a good thing except for our sleep!
Thank you to all those who
continue to support us through a donation. It is important that the
mobilization continues. Remember that all donations above or equal to
€/$25 will allow you to receive the QSL card direct automatically. Our
efforts to reduce the budget are important. However, wishing to offer a
service worthy of the event, the expenses that we face remain very high.
A forthcoming communication, a
few days before departure, will detail the practical aspects, such as
real-time monitoring, online log, OQRS, QSL manager. Until then, you
have a few weeks to prepare your antennas and your station! We are very
busy on a daily basis to deal with different topics. Stress steadily
increases, but not as much as the motivation that drives our team!
73 FT4JA Juan de Nova 2016