Friday, October 11, 2013

Oh man, I sure went and did it ......

I was twiddling around the 30 Meter band and worked a couple DX stations - OM3SX and E71A and kept tuning, listening to hear what I could hear.  Then I heard K5T calling CQ with not many takers at all.  K5T is activating Timbalier Island IOTA NA-119, which is off the coast of Louisiana.

I worked them quite easily, and then they continued to call CQ, again - not many takers. Sounding kind of lonely, in fact.

I know what it's like to organize a special event station. I also have some experience helping to get a small expedition on the air, having helped the now defunct Old Bridge Radio Association with an expedition to Liberty Island in New York Harbor back in the very early '80s, when I was a relatively new General. Knowing all the planning and preparation it takes to pull something like a K5T IOTA expedition off, I couldn't let them just call CQ forlornly all night long.

So I spotted them on the TelNet Cluster.

They went from calling CQ and working a few stations via simplex to total pandemonium and working split in the space of about 5 minutes.

Geez, I sure hope they didn't mind going from 0 to 60 mph in ten seconds! (Somehow, I don't think they did)

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!


  1. Hi Larry,

    I was very fortunate; I also worked them on 30m.
    I heard them calling CQ - dropped my call once and they replied to some European station. Low and behold when they finished with the EU station instead of reverting to CQ they sent “ZS6A next ZS6A UR 599 BK”

    How cool is that…..

  2. Larry
    Very appreciated your Spot in the DXC
    helps a lot, we got in 36 hours operation 5550+ qsos
    over 1100 on 30m only
    73's de Hector XE2K/AD6D K5T member