TX5T - Now QRT!


Bill, Robert, Dr. Bob, Madison, and Bob finishing up at TX5T..


Team is packing up to make the long flight home. W5RF left early and came home to Texas to work nine QSOs with TX5T on seven bands - 160,80,40,20,17, 12 and 15 meters.

How did we do? Here is K5PIs report on the DXpedition. I hope we worked everybody that needed a QSO!


       Band   Mode  QSOs     Pts  Mlt  Pt/Q        1.8  CW     471     471   17   1.0        1.8  FT8     29      29    6   1.0        3.5  CW    1057    1057   34   1.0        3.5  FT8    317     317   10   1.0        3.5  LSB     98      98    4   1.0          7  CW    2306    2306   76   1.0          7  FT8    489     489   22   1.0          7  LSB    468     468   23   1.0         10  CW    1169    1169   43   1.0         10  FT8     90      90    7   1.0         14  CW    3108    3108   72   1.0         14  FT8    939     939   42   1.0         14  USB    651     651   27   1.0         18  CW    1872    1872   49   1.0         18  FT8     43      43    4   1.0         18  USB    507     507   14   1.0         21  CW    1769    1769   49   1.0         21  USB    170     170   13   1.0         24  CW     319     319   13   1.0         24  USB     49      49    1   1.0         28  CW     165     165    8   1.0         28  FT8      2       2    1   1.0      Total  Both 16088   16088  535   1.0


           Score : 8,607,080             Rig : Elecraft Kx3 (3) and K3.


Historically --------

All is falling in place, we have now received our Raivave Island call sign TX5T.

Some members left early. They were on the air as FO calls but now all are in Raivave.

As soon as we get on the air in Raivave Island, we will “self spot” on the reflectors if we have an internet signal. See you on the air! 

Inclement weather (bad storm) caused our Air Tahiti pilot to get only as far as Tubai Airport on Monday and he refueled and announce weather was too bad to try Raivave - We were thirty minutes away!. So we flew back to Tahiti. Got to Raivave on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday afternoon on the air, 20 meters, 17 shortly, 40 meters, 30 meters.. 160/80 done.

Thursday all antennas up.

 Storm and water logged coax caused 160 antenna to malfunction, now fixed. Back on the air tonight.



160 meter  vertical inverted “L”on the beach. Hears well. More pictures to follow. Listen for us and realize Japanese have to work “down” - on 160.. Otherwise we work up for other parts of the world like NA, EU.


FT8 working fabulously. Check reflectors for what frequencies we are on.

Thank you to all who are making contributions via the Pay Pal button! Every bit helps.



Below is the 2018 TX5T expedition crew!...


Our AWESOME Pilots (again) are:

          Anthony De Biasi - K2SG (East Coast USA) k2sg@comcast.net 

          Don Meyers - N7BT     (West Coast USA) n7bt@arrl.net


Thanks for personal donations. When sent you will get a note from PayPal about your donation.. It will show to the “Tonga2016” site. This is done in honor of our First DXpedition to Kingdom of Tonga, in 2016. Thanks so much from the CanAm DX Group!



23,973 Visitors to our Tonga site, Let’s see what the Australs2018 will generate.


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