Cordell Expeditions Wins DX Coffee’s Inaugural “Best Communications of the Year” Award!


This is a new and very interesting award – sponsored by DX Coffee and supported by DX University. The inaugural award was awarded to Dr. Robert Schmieder, KK6EK and Rich Holoch, KY6R for their work in the last Cordell Expeditions DXpedition, TX5K during the DX Coffee 2014 Party – which ran concurrent with the Dayton Hamvention.

We are very grateful and deeply appreciative because before TX5K, we planned to try something new, which was a “Live Blog” for the expedition – in hopes to make DXers and the families of the DXpeditioners feel like they were along for the trip – and that loved ones at home would know that their DXpeditioners were doing fine. The significance for VK0EK is that we plan to do something similar – and hopefully even a little bit more innovative – for Heard Island. Here is the full story:

And here is a picture of a very beautiful plaque:


Image by DX Coffee

Again – thanks very much to DX Coffee and DX University for a very thoughtful and meaningful award!

QSL Card Status Update

“Press Release – Status of TX5K QSLs”

The TX5K QSLs for the March Clipperton Island DXpedition should start to flow out sometime around the end of June. Although it has only been about 2 ½ months since the DXpedition ended, there has been some “interest” in the status of the QSL process. We are a little behind due to a combination of reasons beginning with delays getting the design started due to the XE1L situation, and normal post-DXpedition craziness. Then there were some simple unfortunate timing issues with each of us involved in the process. However, I am happy to report that the card design is almost done, and once proofed will be sent to our printer (WZ8P) who is ready to go. Once printed, the cards will be divided between the two primary QSL Managers and processed by “teams” at both locations. OQRS requests by Dean N7XG (in Oregon) and direct mail requests by N2OO (in New Jersey). Since Club Log and our new processing software automatically matches log data, Dean’s job is to simply print, peel and stick labels, add address labels and stuff envelopes. His team has already prepped for the process. Bob N2OO’s team consists of 4 experienced “processors” who must manually process each mailed request. We have already “pre-processed” about ½ of the mail received and continue to work on it daily.

So, we appreciate your patience while we gear up for the big QSL push on both coasts! We just wanted everyone to know that we are “actively” working on the TX5K QSLs. Please save your “inquiries” until after you hear that we are “current” on the processing. THANKS!


See ya’ in the Pileups!

Bob Schenck, N2OO

South Jersey DX Association

TX5K QSL Manager

Luis – XE1L Tribute

The TX5K Team would like to pay our respects and homage to our fallen amateur radio “brother”, Luis Chartarifsky, XE1L

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Not only was he a fantastic DX-er, Contester and amateur radio enthusiast, he was a great friend whom we will always remember.

God Bless and Rest in Peace, Luis, and we pay our deepest condolences to the family and so many friends around the globe. You have enriched all of our lives, and we are the better for it.

aaaaaaWith deepest regrets we must tell you that shortly after returning to San Diego Luis XE1L was stricken with a major heart attack and passed away within minutes.

RIP Luis!


Bob KK6EK & Chris DL1MGB