Saturday, October 15, 2011



ALL DXpeditions are different and an Arctic island expedition’s check-list will obviously be different from one to a tropical atoll. Likewise the inventory of equipment of a twoday single-operator DXpedition from a hotel will clearly be very different in both scope and size from that of a one-month operation by a team of 20 on an uninhabited island. A DXpedition entirely under canvas would obviously also require tents and other camping equipment; these items are not considered here, nor - other than for sun protection – are clothes or toiletries. If flying to the DXpedition location you will be limited by weight allowances; a general principle here is that there is no need to take anything that you know you can source locally at the DXpedition location. An obvious example is fuel for generators.

ˆ Transceiver(s) + mains and/or DC lead(s)
ˆ 13.8V / 20A PSU(s)
ˆ SWR / power meter
ˆ Linear amplifier(s)+RF lead,PTT switching and ALC leads with correct plugs for transceiver(s)
ˆ Microphone
ˆ Headphones z or combined boom mic headset (e.g. Heil)
ˆ Footswitch
ˆ Keyer + spare batteries
ˆ Winkeyer + USB CAT adapter
ˆ Paddle
ˆ Laptop + PSU, wi th logging sof tware and datamodes programs pre-loaded
ˆ Memory stick for laptop
ˆ Logging software on CD and/or floppy (for installing on a borrowed PC if necessary)
ˆ Mouse
ˆ Mouse pad
ˆ Full-size keyboard for PC
ˆ PC to radio interface cable
ˆ CW interface
ˆ Manual ATU (unless all antennas are 50Ω)
ˆ 2- or 3-way coaxial antenna switch
ˆ Band pass f i l ters (e.g. Dunestar or simi lar ) for multi - transmitter environment
ˆ Plug adapters for headphones
ˆ High power low pass filter (if in built-up area / hotel)
ˆ Great Circle map centred on DXpedition location
ˆ Propagation predictions
ˆ DX Edge grey-line charts
ˆ VHF or UHF handhelds for inter-station communications

ˆ Antennas
ˆ Antenna Analyser (e.g. MFJ-259) or Mini-VNA analyser
ˆ Roll(s) of antenna wire
ˆ Rolls of thin insulated radial wire (use different colours)
ˆ Sufficient coax in several lengths, with properly soldered plugs pre-fitted
ˆ Spare coax (because you always need more than you think!)
ˆ Baluns
ˆ Beverage receive antenna wire
ˆ Beverage transformer
ˆ Beverage terminating resistor
ˆ Beverage ground stake
ˆ PL-259 to PL-259 patch leads (many!)
ˆ Spare PL-259 plugs with reducers
ˆ SO-239 to SO-239 back to back ‘barrel’ connectors (many)
ˆ SO-239 T-piece for making stubs
ˆ 50Ω termination
ˆ Tie-wraps
ˆ Insulating tape
ˆ Self-amalgamating tape or Coax Seal
ˆ Gaffer or duct tape
ˆ Fibre-glass ‘fishing rod’ masts for vertical or inverted-L antennas var lengths from 7m to 18m)
ˆ Rope for guying masts
ˆ Stakes for guy ropes
ˆ Spare Jubilee clips / hose clamps
ˆ Balls of thin string or polythene fishing line (Cardolene) for suspending wire antennas
ˆ Lead fishing weights (for antenna installation)
ˆ Earth rods
ˆ Earthing straps and wire
ˆ Measuring tape (in imperial and metric units)

ˆ Four - or six -way 13A mains distribution board (with sockets suitable for your equipment and plug suitable for DXpedition location)
ˆ 10m mains extension lead
ˆ Multimeter (voltmeter, ohmmeter)
ˆ Generator, petrol or diesel (fuel to be sourced locally)
ˆ Solar panels (useful in tropical countries with frequent power failures)
ˆ Filters (braid-breakers, high-pass ‘TVI’ filters)
ˆ Clip-on ferrites
ˆ Fuses – mains fuses + spare fuses for equipment
ˆ ‘Choc block’ terminal strips
ˆ 230V to 110V transformer
ˆ ‘Crocodile’ clips
ˆ Table lights
ˆ Table fans

TOOLS (do not attempt to take on plane carry-on bag)
ˆ Soldering iron + solder (lead solder works best)
ˆ Small gas soldering iron (can be heated by candle)
ˆ Flat head screwdrivers
ˆ Cross head screwdrivers
ˆ Pliers
ˆ Side cutters
ˆ Stanley knife (with retractable blade + spare blades)
ˆ File (to prepare metal on PL-259 to ease soldering)
ˆ Adjustable spanner (shift spanner)
ˆ Swiss Army Knife
ˆ Crimp tool and crimps
ˆ Tool belt / roofer’s belt for antenna work
ˆ Catapult (for antenna installation work)
ˆ Hammer or mallet (for guy stakes)

ˆ Originals and photocopies of:
Passport and visas
Operating and / or landing permission
Flight tickets
Credit cards
DXpedition licence
Home licence
Equipment inventory
Purchase receipts for equipment
ATA Carnet (if used)
Driving licence
Diver’s licence
ˆ Insurance policy with good repatriation cover
ˆ Operating manuals
ˆ Assembly instructions for antennas
ˆ Map of DXpedition region
ˆ Vaccination certificates
ˆ Spare passport photos
ˆ Laminated ‘prompt card’ with DXpedition callsign, IOTA reference, CQ & ITU zones, Locator, QSL Manager, licensed frequency bands (if different from home) etc.
ˆ Contact list, phone numbers (inc embassy of your country etc)
ˆ Paper log books
ˆ Paper scrap pads
ˆ Pens or pencils
ˆ Copies of all important documents on PC

ˆ Medical kit including:
analgesic tablets (Paracetamol / Ibuprofen or similar)
plasters (Band Aids)
antiseptic cream
malaria prophylaxis if in malarial area
Imodium or similar
rehydration salts
vitamin B tablets (repels mosquitoes)
seasickness tablets
sunscreen (30 SPF or greater)
ˆ Lip balm
ˆ Medi-wipes (e.g. for cleaning headphones)
ˆ Insect repellent spray or cream
ˆ Mosquito net
ˆ Camera + spare memory cards, charger
ˆ Video camera, charger
ˆ Mobile phone with international roaming, charger
ˆ Wide-brimmed sun hat or kepi (to avoid sunstroke)
ˆ Gardening gloves (for antenna work)
ˆ Knee pads (to protect from sharp coral)
ˆ Neoprene or reef shoes (to protect from sharp coral)
ˆ Personal notebook / diary
ˆ Alarm clock or watch, set to UTC
ˆ Torch (flashlight) + spare batteries
ˆ LED torch on head band + spare batteries
ˆ Lighter
ˆ Survival blanket (useful in all climates if camping)
ˆ C o m p a s s
ˆ GPS receiver
ˆ Binoculars
ˆ Tin opener
ˆ Bottle opener
ˆ Small gifts for local helpers
ˆ Games or guitar for entertainment

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