Woow, what is happening in the world ? Everybody seems to go on expedition this month !
There is the Clipperton team, Southern Sudan is in the air, Temotu, Tuvalu, Somalia and Tonga are expected within a few weeks.
This can mean 6 new entities. I hope to find enough time to make contacts during the week because during the weekend... what a zoo !
Sunday afternoon I listened to Clipperton.
In ssb, Europe is a real zoo... The poor guy on the other side did his best. I copy 8 Hotel, only 8 Hotel. When you listen on the split freq, a whole zoo of operators who have or 8 in the call or hotel start to cry.
In the mean time, at the calling frequency another team of idiots starts to call, escorted by a complete police team. The poor op continues, ok gentleman I've G something 8 something Hotel. Now everybody with G starts also to cry (of course together with all 8's and all H's). Incredible !
I don't know what to think of it.
Maybe the ham licenses are too easy to obtain ?
Maybe there are just too many hams active ? Anyway the code of conduct and the respect for the caller is far away during major expeditions. Especially during the weekend it isn't fun anymore to work special dx.
Back to Clipperton. I've a special link with this entity : in the past I made my biggest ham mistake with Clipperton and today I was able to resolve this issue.
In the early 2000's there was the previous big expedition to Clipperton. I was looking forward to contact them because on4ww was also a team-member. The motivation was even so high that I worked them on the way (waves) to the island as /MM.
But than it went wrong : I was wrongly convinced that they stayed 2 weeks on the island and with only 100W, the plan was to wait for the second week to contact them. In that days I worked also night shifts and the first week was such a week : working during the night, sleeping during the day and feeling like a zomby.
The second week (a full week at home with plenty of time) I turned on the tx direction Clipperton... they were returning home. No Clipperton ! Afterwards, I went to the meeting where Mark was presenting the expedition, but no qsl for me.
This time I worked them on 20/17/15/12m and it's sufficient. No time for 40/80m in the early morning.