"Cows in the antenna field !"
A regular call requiring, at any moment, several team members to help. Cows walk along the beach and can, without warning, appear in the antenna field. With so many masts, each with three of four guy sets, the possibility of damage to antennas (and cows) is serious.
Team members have become adept at quietly chasing the cows, without them becoming startled and causing any damage.
The 3B9C team can turn their hands to almost anything!
Using the cluster
Many people post questions on the cluster, expecting us to respond. Folks - we are in a remote tropical island - we don't see the cluster!
"Why ignoring - RTTY everywhere? PSK on 17m? 40m SSB? 160m? EU? NA? everything"?
These are odd questions when you stop to think about it.
We receive many emails on the island, asking why we are not active on a particular band or mode at that exact moment. If we are not there "now", then why not?
It must be remembered, that there are dozens of possible band and mode combinations and, with the best will in the world, no DXpedition can be on all of them all of the time. Sometimes, we feel that is is "expected" that we are everywhere all the time.
On the island now, there are a dozen operators, who are covering 160m to 6m, plus 70cm EME on CW, SSB, FM, RTTY and PSK. A rough count on these combinations would means that to cover all modes on all bands, we would need 40 operators running, 40 transmitters, with 40 antennas and those 40 operators would need to work 24 hours a day to be everywhere that everyone needs at any moment in time.
3B9C has over 130,000 QSOs in the log, making it the second largest DXpedition of all time. Yes, we would love to be able to give you just the band mode slot you need and, at some point over our month on air, we have been on just that band mode slot. The operation continues over the weekend and between now and the close, those band mode slots will continue to be operated - just not all at the same time!
Our question to you: Isn't the fun in the chase ??
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