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

Interesting “Kite Cam” and Photo’s from LouPhi

sgPhoto by LouPhi – the Shogun and Best Western Hotel in San Diego

Our good friend, LouPhi (Louis-Phillipe Loncke) has written a press release and also posted a really interesting “Kite Cam Video”:

“Expedition to Remote uninhabited Clipperton island. I shot this timelapse with HERO3Black attached to our expedition kite. Walked 90 min in the sun trying not too lose the kite (heavy but steady wind and 300m rope). If you put it in 720p (see youtube options to change quality) you see many details: birds, the lava rock, the camps, the antennas. I even had 4 birds hitting the rope as they fly fast without paying attention to air traffic priorities. (The birds are fine of course but lost some altitude after the impact) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdmPBixXPLU

Here is a Press Release with photo’s and really interesting information from LouPhi:

Press release – For immediate release. (3-18-2013)


Clipperton Expedition 2013 – A remote uninhabited island explored. Mission succeeded!


Today around 9pm – 9.30 in San Diego, the Shogun vessel will come back from the remote uninhabited island of Clipperton, where the team spent 12 days. The atoll is located 700 miles South West of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean.

On the island from March 1st to March the 10th, the international team of 27 men have succeeded in reaching their goals: explore the island and perform radio-amateur connections.

The team is safe and suffered no major injury or sickness although some members have been suffering from insect bites, leg or foot infection. Any injury would have caused everyone to leave to island as rescue is 3 days away by boat.

During 2 days, the team could not receive water or food from the Shogun boat as the wind was too strong to pass the heavy surf with the zodiacs. During these hard times, the team had to ration food, water and gas expecting to be resupplied. Some risky undertakings were done to send food into the waves and let it arrived on the beach. The team was even very worried to be stranded on the island at the end of the expedition as a potential storm was close.

Fortunately the team got some luck and took the decision to play safety and started to dismount the camp 1 day earlier than expected. There was a window where calmer winds allowed to leave the island with team and equipment. It is not easy to load an ATV and thousands of dollars of radio equipment into a zodiac and pass breaking waves. The decision increased the time to dismantle and clean up the camp perfectly. French scientists, who arrived by the French navy, joined the expedition and said it has been the best post expedition clean-up ever.


Goal 1: The team of radio-amateurs aimed for 100.000 contacts and above 113.000 contacts were made worldwide. 47 contacts E-M-E were made: this means 47 people have been contacting by sending a signal from the island, bouncing on the moon to go back to earth reaching a contact and back.

Goal 2: Environmental Science. Clipperton island is considered to be an important living lab to understand the ecology and impact of human activities in the Pacific. Alongside the 2 French scientists, team leader Robert Schmieder and Belgian explorer Louis-Philippe Loncke, both members of the Explorers Club, performed the science program set.

Search for alien species (ants, algae, and insects). Study the equilibrium of the wildlife of the island. Exotic species like rats were introduced by a recent shipwreck. How do they compete with local animals? The expedition will also search for species that have not been reported at Clipperton. It is essential to study the long-term dynamics of such remote islands to understand the equilibrium of the species and their possible extinction.

Goal 3: Monitor, collect and remove plastic and other debris that beaches on the island. It is lethal to local birds and fishes as plastic becomes part of the bottom of the food chain.

“Fact is that we are now sure that the rats eat the crabs but we cannot explain yet why the crab population decrease from 11 million in early 2000 to 1 million today. For the disabled boobies, we haven’t found any dead animal with plastic in it but we do have filmed a surprizing very violent coq fight between 2 boobies providing us with a hypothesis that these fights could lead to permanent disabilities of some birds.”

“We observed so much plastic trash on the island it is impossible to remove it all. There are tens of tons of plastic spread across the island from large containers to tiny pieces.”

“Clipperton ecology hasn’t delivered all of its secrets. One sure fact is that in a decade it has changed tremendously so impact of introduced species or human activity must be continuously monitored to better understand the relationship and speed of change.”