Interesting image from the Pacific

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While Elecraft is the official sponsor for the Palmyra Expedition (K5P), I thought I'd share a picture of some new equipment making a debut on the island.  A couple of these were able to stow-away on the plane out and are getting a real workout.  See if you can spot anything new in the picture.  Rumor has it that the participants are fighting over who gets to operate the Flex next!



Pictured is Glenn Johnson, W0GJ
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Steve - N5AC, VP Engineering / CTO

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Mack McCormick, Elmer

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This is a fantastic debut of the future of ham radio and Dxpeditions! 

Well done!

Mack
W4AX
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Lewis Cheek

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Now I wonder which operator may have packed his Flex? :)

Lew
N4CO
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Brent Parker

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Wow, and a Maestro too!

Don't let those "knobbed" radio's beat us!  Way to go Steve.

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Lewis Cheek

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Now I do see something in the picture that I have NOT seen in operation before, anyone else see it? :)

Lew N4CO
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KF4HR

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Yes!  That's either a black pancake or ice pack on the Op's head! :^))
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Steve - N5AC, VP Engineering / CTO

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That's a Radiosport headset with the FlexRadio emblazoned bonnet ;-)  These are actually available in our online store: Radiosport products
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Richard McClelland, AA5S

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Good product placement... 
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Mark Griffin

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I have to laugh, they have high tech radio's and low grade antenna's. I heard from a fellow ham on Saturday that they are only permitted to use vertical's They can't even use a dipole because the government feels that perhaps the wildlife might injure themselves on the dipole or a beam. Talk about having your hands tied in Ham Radio Politics!
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Mark - WS7M

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Birds like my End Fed wire.  Always like 3 of them sitting on it.  Other day a Ferriguenis Hawk was sitting on it.  Caused quite a droop.
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Walt - KZ1F

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That explains why their signal was so weak.
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Mark Griffin

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I did work the South Sandwich Islands last night on 40 SSB. They were transmitting on 7.150 and listening from 7.165 to 7.175. Turned my Force12 D140 Dipole to about 135 degrees and turned on the Acom 1000 and got them on the second call. Hopefully they will confirm via LOTW. Not sure whether they have a site to check that they have you in their log. Mark Griffin, KB3Z
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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You can check their logs online. It might take a couple of days until they upload to show there. Just type your call sign and check. I am happy to report that I managed both. Now I would be glad to add a new band or mode if possible.

For VP8STI
https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=vp8sti

For K5P
https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=k5p
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H Hans Brakob

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Omygawd Glenn, where'd you get that SHIRT? (KØHB)
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Ben Morris

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That is awesome! I see a time in the not too distant future that this will be the radio of choice for all the major dxpeditions!
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Clay N9IO

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Definately!
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Frank WA3NHK

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Maestro.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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We have a winner
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Lewis Cheek

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Frank, you found it. You and I will now MOVE to head of shipping "Q". :)

Lew N4CO
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Frank WA3NHK

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You first, after me.  :)
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Get in line gentleman!!
I can't believe those K5P "dxpeditioners" beat me to preorder.... ;-)
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Winston VK7WH

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And I thought I placed the first order for a Maestro. Dam,
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Mark - WS7M

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I didn't order first but I paid more so I should get to the front of the line!  :-)
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Lewis Cheek

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Anyone know what the Flex is setting on, is that another pre production item also?

Lew N4CO
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Larry - W8LLL

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Looks like an SPE Expert amp the flex is sitting on.

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K1UO - Larry

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Guess the Flex not as susceptible to RFI as we thought..  lots of RF inches away.
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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Glen has been a very strong Flex booster and the last EIDXA meeting's program was a Flex presentation.  I'm not surprised he packed his 6700 along. There are three of us in the EIDXA that are Flex 6K users.  Glen and Al are both on the Alpha team.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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I was trying to decide whether it was a 6500 or a 6700.  Either way, still nice, even with only a vertical.  Nice that they get to break in a Maestro and RadioSport headset on the DXpedition, too.
I would love to get my hands on an Expert 1.2K amp/tuner combo, but $$$!!!

BTW...I finally worked K5P on 17CW & 20CW on my lunch hour today!  Whoo Hoo!  Got the VP8 twice last night on 40 and 15 CW, ...finally!

Ken - NM9P 
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I have an SPE1K and its one of the best bits of kit I have bought. Worked a LOT of DX with it :) Congrats on VP8 - worked CFM'd here 1 QSO .. that's all I need ... a REALLLY hard path for us from ZL across the pole and there's a lot of Au at the moment!
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Only the 20CW K5P shows up on the web log so far.  but that is good enough, since it is ATNO!  
None of the VP8's have shown up yet.  
I hope they don't wind up being busted calls!
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Simon Lewis

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they only had 1 log update so far - I read their are far south of Inmarsat coverage and might be relying on Iridium satphone service - might be the reason why so slow updates. A local worked em and has a busted call but that looked like an Op mistype - hes ok :)
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km9r.mike

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That is good to learn. I checked their log and did not find my call so I deleted them from my log, however I can relog if I show in their log eventually.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Whoo Hoo!  I just bagged K5P on 15 SSB and 17 RTTY.  The 17 RTTY makes #100 for 17 Meters DXCC! (Assuming they QSL via LOTW)  That makes four band/modes for K5P now - 15 CW & SSB, 20 CW, and 17 RTTY.  I still only have VP8STI on 40 CW.  
Did I mention that I love the way the 6500 works on RTTY?
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WW1SS - Steve

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Now I know why he is grinning from ear to ear.
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WW1SS - Steve

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Im going on a Dxpedition to our kids house. Can I get my Maestro to try early as a tester. See if it survives the grandkids.
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Steve and I both worked that exact station setup on 15m CW a couple hours before the photo was taken of Glenn.  Craig, K9CT, was at the controls at that time we worked them.  Bagged him on the second call - Flex to Flex.  First CW DX I have worked since the '60s.  It might have hooked me to brush up on my CW.  I was practicing my CW call by voice on the way home from work:  da-di-da  di-di-di-di-dit  di-di-dit  dah-di-dit  di-dah-dit
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Way to go, Gerald!  
Yes, it would be nice to brush up so you can fully understand the full power of the excellent rig you and your team have created!  

It has made me a CW lover again, even though I still don't rag chew on code, it is a lot of fun DXing and Contesting with it!  

Ken - NM9P
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Gerald I have used the Flex 6500 over the past months chasing DX and it's the dogs doodahs!   CW pileups - superb filters, RTTY .. brilliant filters again ... SSB piles ..amazing ... large sized panadapter  - sold, sold and sold again!  Monitor multiple bands, see where the DX is working, find the pattern, hole,   and time again the Flex pulls it off!

It is "THE" DX machine of choice now ...

I love CW and the Flex made me love it every time I get into the pile :)

Congrats on the F2F QSO :)

Maestro will be a killer ..... my tactical advantage might be waning once people realise ...   Best make the most now while we can :)

Thank the team for this :)

Please find some time to enjoy your brilliant work too team ;)

73 Simon ZL4PLM 
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Mark - WS7M

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Simon, with a call like ZL4PLM compared to us US guys you are the DX!
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Simon Lewis

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you know it's all relative ... I am DX to you but there's a lot of common places in the world for you that are hard rare ones for me :)

but yeah   ZL call worth +9 dB every time :)

LOL

:)
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Walt - KZ1F

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That's pretty good Simon! My other comment was more premised on 6,000km (which I didn't know) over water (which I did know). I wish I had a +9db handicap. ;-)
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Mark - WS7M

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Outstanding... wiping the drool off the table now...  
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Ken ve7kwa

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Too Fiunny ... way to go
Glenn & Flex !
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Ross - K9COX

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Burt, where are you?
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Mark - WS7M

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Yeah... I've been waiting for the "shooting fish in a barrel" comment!  Come on Burt!
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Simon Lewis

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I think they are using the Flex on 20 SSB just now

K5P is listening 140 for EU and 145 for anywhere else ... at the same time!

I smell a Flex!!!

:)