of the day
The team that brought you 3B9C.
3B9C has closed down.
The last QSO was made by our youngest team member, Danny, M0GMT, at 03:42UTC
on 12-April. The last station in the log was LU7DW on 40m CW.
3B9C made a grand total of 153,113 QSOs, of which well in excess of 130,000
were unique band/mode slots.
Much more detailed analysis will follow over the next few months but for
now, here is the band/mode/continent breakdown. Numbers shown in bold
are new claimed world records for a DXpedition.
|Total QSO count overall
|Unique calls in
|Others (FM, SSTV, EME, Sat.)
|70cm EME & Satellite
Work on decommissioning 3B9C started at first light (06:00 local) on Monday
morning. Unfortunately, unlike the photographs on the web site, it was
decidedly wet and by breakfast break at 08:30, everyone was soaked to the
skin. It wasn't even particularly warm either - some of the heavy rain
squalls were decidedly chilly! By lunchtime we had most of the antennas down
and had started on the radios and computer equipment. By 17:00 local
everyone was exhausted and a shower, beer and dinner were called for in
quick order. Several of the team were seen to be nodding off during dinner!
Trucks at dawn
Tomorrow, the first truck arrives at 08:00 local to take the antennas and
hopefully, if it isn't raining, some of the radios to the container for
packing. Work will continue at the hotel, rolling up several kilometres of
coaxial cable, decommissioning the large wireless LAN and packing the vast
number of small items into boxes and crates for trucking to the container on
Wednesday morning. Hopefully we will have the container fully packed by late
on Wednesday afternoon, giving the team a few hours to relax and, perhaps
sample the swimming pool before leaving the island Thursday lunchtime.
The whole team flies back to the UK, via Mauritius. In all the journey will
take almost 24 hours and then, of course some of the team members have to
take onward flights to their home QTH. I think all of us will be home by the
end of the weekend.
The final night at 3B9C
The last night on the air was dominated by the superb conditions on 160m and
80m. Over 100 QSOs were made on 160m and this brought us tantalisingly close
the all time record for any DXpedition on 160m; 2,385 QSOs made by XZ0A. We
ended up with less than 100 fewer QSOs, at 2,288.
On RTTY we comfortably exceeded our own record set at D68C and on PSK we
almost doubled our previous world record score.
Inevitably as the end approached there were calls for us to be on just about
every conceivable band/mode slot, regardless of whether the band was open.
We really tried to be on all the bands whenever there was propagation to any
part of the world but sadly there will always be some that do not make it on
a slot that they wanted. This is inevitable really, yet after almost a full
month of operation there should, hopefully be only a very few that missed
We all really enjoyed the DXpedition and I hope that you enjoyed it too.
That's what it's all about after all.
Now.... where DO we go next?
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