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Monday, March 24, 2014

This from Gene Spinelli tonight!

Mellish Reef 2014 DX-pedition
Update #3
March 24, 2014

From Mackay, Australia

1. The full team assembled in Mackay and has been busy with assigned tasks and
making preparations for sailing. The boat will have a crew of 5 experienced
sailors and 11 passengers.

2. After several days of continuous rain, the boat is loaded with all our radio
equipment, stocked with food and other essentials. The humidity has been
excessive and very uncomfortable to those of us unaccustomed to such conditions.

3. Our equipment arrived in Australia in excellent condition. We assembled the
CrankIR antennas and made final tuning adjustment to the folding hex beams. All
antennas tuned to specification.

4. On Sunday we met with the Mackay Boy / Girl Scout Council who will receive
some of our surplus equipment.

5. Current plan is to take on fuel for the boat and petrol for the generators at
about 1000 (local) on March 25th - immediately after fueling we will set sail
for Mellish Reef, as scheduled.

6. The team is in good spirits and eager to get underway, seasickness medication
in hand.

7. We ask that everyone please listen for the operator's directions and we will
do our best to get you in the log.

8. We will see you in the pile-ups.

73, Lee ZL2AL

73 and Good DX!
Dave Raycroft, VA3RJ
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