What is your backup plan?

Posted: October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


For months now, I have been optimizing my home station in preparation to be able to work the upcoming Tromelin Dxpedition. With the help of my good friends, I have been able to install a work platform on my tower which will make it much more easier and safer to perform tower work.

As hard as I have tried to be fully prepared, Old man “Bad Luck” has visited my shack. This week, my main Logging PC suddenly died. I had it backed up but it will take many hours to configure a replacement PC to fill in for that venerable machine. Last weekend, upon finishing some tower work, I found that my rotator is stuck at 26 degrees and will not turn. I will be up on the tower later today to resolve that issue. Tromelin is at nine degrees and the 26 degree heading just won’t help me get in their log.

I have a backup plan in case I cant get the Tromelin team from my home OTH, I will use the resources of the RemoteHamRadio.com network. They have truly spectacular stations that you can use remotely from your home.

My singular goal for Tromelin has been to get a single contact, however I would be thrilled to get one CW, one SSB and one RTTY contact if possible.

What do you think?

  1. Warren says:

    Which RHR station do you plan to use? Warren, NW4C

  2. n6pse says:

    Hi Warren, I prefer to use W6/Santa Cruz and W7/Reno, both of which are close to me. While I can use any of the RHR stations, I find that these stations meet my needs pretty well and seem to be available anytime I want to use them.

  3. Robert WD8NVN says:

    I have some difficulty with my rotor.. My back-up plan: Break out the dipoles, and the cubical Quad.

    • n6pse says:

      Hi Robert, I’m glad to report that I was able to fix my rotator problem and I also re-hung my 80/160 inverted vee today. I’m ready for Tromelin!

  4. Mike KJ4Z says:

    I substantially upgraded my remote station in Tennessee over the past weekend, adding a 10/15/20 wire beam pointed at Tromelin. It puts a good signal into 3B8/3B9/FR, so I’m cautiously optimistic. I’m also assembling a KPA-500 and plan to have that in service by this weekend. My backup is going to be the California station, which is rapidly declining to “auxiliary” status, even though it is the one at my house. I’m still worried, but excited.

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