PT0S DXpedition - NEWS: Winds have further increased during the later afternoon and evening, During high tide the waves were crashing over the south perimeter rocks, flooding the area around vertical No 2 (our 80 to 10 antenna for Station 2). One of the waves has ripped off the coax cable from the antenna coupler, breaking in tow a large male N connector, as well as causing some other damage. We had to wait until low tide to fix it but it is back in operation as of 1600 Z. Waves also took out our new 10 m antenna. It is also fixed now. The combination of swells and high waves makes a pretty sight around the rocks, with lots of white water all around, but it makes working on the antennas (which are naturally close to the water) very difficult. Another challenge we face is noise (the acoustic kind, this time). The huge waves crashing against the rocks create a constant noise, even the rocks under us are tremble at times. There is also noise from the various activities by the Navy, and just simply noise from being so cramped together. On the other hand, the Brazilian Navy guys have been very friendly, accommodating and helpful. Without their support this operation would not be possible.
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