Easter Island/Salas y Gomez 2-23 September 1995
Bulletin 6 September 1995
From the Expedition Leader:
After 4 hectic days, all operations of the expedition are implemented. Our first action was to turn on the radio beacon, which broadcasts the callsign XR0Y/B continuously. On Saturday and Sunday we erected the camp on the north coast of Easter Island. We put up 2 radio operating tents, 5 sleeping tents, a computer tent, a warehouse, and a 20x40 ft. tent for meetings and meals. Three generators provide 120 and 240 VAC to power the coffee maker, electric skillets, microwave, VCR, copier, and a large variety of computers. There are 25 people in the team, including 16 radio amateurs and 8 divers. We are flying the flags of Chile, US, Mexico, Belgium, Netherlands, U.K., and Switzerland.
Radio operations commenced Sept. 6, but have been spotty and irregular, since we are still adjusting the antennas and radios. We're having a lot of trouble with inter-station interference. For 160 m operation, the Battle Creek Special is sitting about 50 feet from the ocean, and a 1000-ft Beverige stretches toward Europe. We have had good signal reports on the beacon and on the stations.
The divers have made several exploratory trips around the Poike peninsula, about 2 miles to the East. They report 150-ft. visibility, with the bottom covered with coral.
We have had a lot of difficulty getting the internet link up to acceptable performance. There is a computer at the NASA tracking station, through which we can send and receive data, but the speed is only a few hundred Baud, and it is very irregular. As of Thursday, Sept. 7, we are still trying to implement uploading of radio log files to the public posting sites.
The other team arrived at Salas y Gomez on Sept. 6, and were helicoptered on the 1000-m islet. Around 1800 UTC Sept. 7 they came on the air as XR0Z. The will be there for about 6 days, then will return to Chile.
We are delighted to be on Easter Island, which has an extraordinary story to tell. We solicit your input to the expedition through our e-mail address: email@example.com. If you want to see maps and pictures related to the project, please explore the other pages on this server.
Web Administrator notes:
Camp has been established for three or four days now. Island time syndrome is hitting me hard and I have started to lose track of the days. Setting up camp and unpacking equipment and protecting it from the unpredicable weather has taken up more time than we anticipated.
Our Internet connection via the NASA tracking station is SLOW, and we have been experiencing technical delays in extending the network to our camp. We have managed to connect our computers to the network and have successfully tested our wireless LAN equipment. The next step is to establish a reflector that will wrap our signal around a volcano that stands between the camp at La Perouse and the NASA station. This will either fail or triumph within the next several days. For the time being I am using special telekenetic powers to imprint the magnetic particles on our server into the proper configuration to bring you this message.
This is the first opportunity we have had to post an update to the Bulletins page. Included are a number of images taken from video tape shot over the last few days:
The first load of gear prepares to leave the storage facility in Hanga Roa to make the journey to the camp location at La Perouse Bay on the opposite side of the island (Click here for Easter Island Map)
Our mighty Mercedes 4X4 powers through a field in the middle of the island. The east side of the island holds many stands of eucalyptus planted in a reforestation attempt by the Chileans.
Max Bachi XE1XA enjoys the ride from the bed of the truck.
Al Boosman and Craig Boyer prepare to dive from the shore off La Perouse as fellow diver Sue Estey looks on.
Radio Operators (left to right) Bob Allphin K4UEE, Luis Chartarifsky XE1L, and Vincent Denecker G0lMX ponder the intricacies of antennae assemblage on the headlands of La Perouse.
But where are the archaeological treasures that Rapa Nui is so famous for, you ask. Patience grasshopper. Over the coming days the mysteries of this beautiful island will be laid forth for your wondering enjoyment. Keep checking back for images and anecdotes of the islands historic and contemporary heritage.
The Call Sign script in the Interacting section, for those who have looked, is still not working. I am attempting to correct the programming so that call signs can be entered and contacts returned. In the meantime a complete listing of contacts can be downloaded via anonymous FTP. FTP to :
ve7tcp.ampr.org and switch to our directory: ~ftp/DX/easter-island. The files are listed using this format: XR0Y01, XR0Y02 etc... Smaller numbers are earlier chronologically.
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