I have made a donation to this DXpedition effort to help the team get on the air
They will be using Elecraft K3 with the rugged 500 watt amplifiers
The logistics manager is shipping gear out this week and making final plans to get the gear on the island
Pile ups will be fierce on this one as its very close to North America…unlike Heard Island that was very difficult to work with the lousy band conditions. This will be another Navassa
Gerben PG5M has a great outline of how to work a pile up and he has participated in over 20 of them the past years. http://www.dx.to/
During most of my operations I work just a few kHz up but also depending on the size of the pile-up, this may be extended a bit. Personally I don’t like 10, 15, 20 0r even 30 kHz split. It takes a considerable portion of the band and it becomes more difficult to work a DX-pedition. This also means it takes longer to work a DX-pedition and consequently occupy bandwidth for a longer period. However, I have not experienced pile-ups like those of Juan de Nova, Heard island, South Georgia and therefore cannot make a good judgement but for my own operations I try to reduce the width of the pile-up as much as possible.
Although the description above is my general practice, it does not mean that you will not notice different behavior. This all depends on the circumstances, QRM, behavior of the pile-up, etc.
I think I can speak for all DX-peditions when requesting to transmit only FULL CALL SIGNS. Sending partial calls is slowing down the QSO rate and is also distorting the QSO rhythm. Fortunately only a few people doing that.
In order to achieve a high QSO rate, one should show the audience (the DXers) how the game has to be played in order to have a chance to make a QSO. This requires the DX-pedition station to show clearly how the work is done and even more important, to do this consistently. My practice is to call a station, exchange the reports and conclude the contact with R TU. This is the sign that the audience can call again. In case a station makes a correction on his/her call during the exchange of reports, I will repeat the corrected call sign followed by R TU.
Once I have started to work a station, I’m committed to finalize that QSO. This sometimes led to continuous requests to QRX and standby in order to complete the QSO. As a result, we lost time and the opportunity to give others a chance but most important, we were able to complete a QSO that was initiated and shows all others that it was useless to interfere or steal a QSO. In other situations I had to ask the Europeans to standby and to give JA, VK/ZL or US a chance. On a few occasions I was about to stop the operation for a while due to the lack of cooperation.