February 21, 2015
From KP1-5 Project
The K1N DXpedition team has only been home a few days, but we are slowly recovering from what was a difficult project. It was over too soon considering that it took 15 years to gain permission, plan and execute the DXpedition. The DX world is very complimentary of our results...140,000 QSOs and over 30,000 uniques. This is especially impressive when you consider that we had only had 14 active operators, 7 HF radios, 5 small amplifiers and only 4 small beams. Many of our QSOs were made barefoot and with dipoles hanging very high on the lighthouse on Navassa. This is what we called a MVC (Minimum Viable Configuration) necessitated by the use of helicopters for primary transport.
We have many to thank. The USFWS for allowing our operation after 22 years off-the-air. The terrific team of USFWS officers and biologists who accompanied us and became part of our team. Our sponsors, both equipment and financial, our team of radio pilots, our helicopter crew of Danilo, Nelson and JC, the staff of Moxon's Beach Club, the staff at Ian Fleming Intl. Airport and our new friends, the Haitian fisherman at Navassa. When we departed, they received gifts from us of gasoline, clean water, clothing, food and other items. Hopefully, this will help them in their difficult and dangerous existence.
Lastly, we want to recognize and thank a group of 1543 DXers. These people heard and responded to our plea for financial support prior to our DXpedition as this when the majority of our considerable expenses occurred. Last night, these special and generous people had their QSOs with K1N uploaded to LoTW (logbook of the world). This service was NOT a condition of their contribution, but comes as a completed surprise.
Thanks to you all for a memorable experience!
73, The KP1-5 Project