John, G3WGV reports on the clear up activities at 3B9C.
On Tuesday, we we started packing the container. The first truck load took all the antennas except for the Titanex verticals, together with all the aluminium masts and some of the radios. We were blessed with good weather and apart from the sweltering heat in the container, everything went smoothly.
Meanwhile, back at the Cotton Bay Hotel, other members of the team were winding up kilometre after kilometre of coaxial cable. The final batch of radios were packed and the data network was decommissioned. Backups of just about every file created during the DXpedition, including almost 2GB of digital photographs were burned onto CD for safe transport through airport security and back home.
By 17:00 local, the whole of 3B9C was packed away and exhausted, we collapsed into the bar for some much needed medicine. It's now 22:30 local time on Tuesday and I am writing this in a room that is eerily quiet after all these weeks of frenetic activity. The only thing left running is a single PC giving us Internet access.
Today we will complete trucking the equipment to Port Mathurin and packing of the container - a task that will take most of the day. In the evening the hotel management has organised a party for us and with a bit of luck we will all manage to stay awake long enough to enjoy it!
Webmaster Nigel, G4KIU takes a look back at web site activity during the operation.
The 3B9C team were amazed by the popularity of the web site during the DXpedition.
We were able to measure the number of pages viewed each day, while we were on the island.
Total viewed before DXpedition: 68,493
Total viewed during DXpedition: 528,474
Daily average during DXpedition : 21,139
The statistics recorded below cover the DXpedition operation.