Baiyah Island AF-111P

5L3BI logoIn collaboration with the Liberian Radio Amateur Association, a team consisting of Richmond EL2BG, Dickson EL2DT, Jeremy EI5GM, Dave EI9FBB and Col MM0NDX are delighted to announce the much anticipated IOTA DXpedition to    Baiyah Island AF-111P. This IOTA has never before been activated.

Planning and organising this expedition has taken well over a year and is still ongoing. One reconnaissance trip has already taken place to ascertain where the island actually is, and to meet with local elders & community leaders who control Baiyah Island.

The island itself is a cultural sacrifices location for people in the Tarsue Chiefdom. Baiyah island is known as the place where people in nearby villages carry out their traditional worship. As a result, no one normally goes there without proper arrangement and approval.

Our website is now up and running, and in a few weeks time, a second survey trip is upcoming once our finances allow. We need to pinpoint the best landing stage on the island and to reacquaint with local villagers and elders. This entire operation is only possible with their blessing!

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9U4M

9u4mThe 9U4M Team have opened their website for the public. Please check it out here!

http://www.mdxc.org/9u4m/

No doubt another top class Dxpedition from a top class team. Well done MDXC !!!

 

 

 

 

 

TN5E Congo

TN5EKen is now en route to the Congo and reports LOTW Certificate received.

He also tells us "There will be no 6m operation despite the approval. I will operate 80-10m. If I operate in cqwpx it will be with TN5E license. Please note if I send serial numbers I am in contest mode and would like one in return...

73 Ken, LA7GIA"

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D2TI AF-108

D2TIThe 8-man team planning the activation of Tigres Island AF-108, Angola have announced the activity is postponed.

Originally planned to take place in the first half of June 2017, the activation will now be in early 2018. All
Licences have been received and confirmation of the Callsign D2TI confirmed.


Credit DX World

 

 

HD2RRC/4 & HD2RRC/P SA-033 & SA-034

HD2RRC plTwo IOTA activations are planned for this week when several operators are qrv from Salango Island, SA-033 and Puna Island, SA-034 as HD2RRC/4 & HD2RRC/P.

They are expected to be on air between May 20-30, 2017. on 20-30-40m.

QSL via Club Log OQRS. Credit DX World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZS9V AF-064 2017

ZS9VZS9V will again be active from Robben Island, IOTA AF-064 during August 9-13, 2017.

This year there will be more operators and they will stay for 4 days rather than the two days last year. The Team hpe to have more stations on air this Year and with Yagis and PA's, lets hope we get many more in the logs this time around despite the poor conditions/

Information about the previous trip can be found here    The website will be update with information about the 2017 trip in the next few weeks.

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TN5E - Republic Of The Congo

bRAZZAVILLEFrom Ken LA7GIA;

I will visit Congo - Brazzaville in May 2017 as TN5E. TN Congo is ranked following on clublog most wanted
72 world wide mixed
45 world wide CW
19 on 80 meter
21 on 40 meter

Operation will be 80-10m + probably 6 meter. I will used the following equipment.
Radio Elecraft K3 (upgraded)
Radio TS480SAT as backup
Amplifier Ameritron ALS 500m 400 W output.
2 element rotatable beam on 14-21-28 MHz up 25-30 meter
Wire dipole on 80,40,30,17,12m up 25-30 meter

80m dipole fixed to EU
40+30+17+15+12m dipole fixed to NA/VK
5 el Cushcraft 50 MHz rotatable beam up 25 meter
Low band receving antennas, homebrew K9AY and BOG
Wire backup antennas on all frequencies (dipole/delta loop)

FREE LoTW and clublog will be uploaded. QTH Brazzaville, Congo. JI75PR

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D44TWO confirmed dates...

D44TWOConfirmed dates for Harald (DF2WO), when he will be from Praia, Santiago Island, IOTA AF-005, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) are 9th May until 2nd June 2017 as D44TWO.


He will operate on 40 - 10m.

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World Bureau Posting

Buro cardsQSL cards will be posted to 84 World Bureaus on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

This mailing is a joint mailing between Charles M0OXO, Tim M0URX & Jamie 2E0SDV

Total amount of QSL cards 26,477
Via M0URX 11,126
Via M0OXO 10,695
Via 2E0SDV 4,656

Total Weight 102.020 kg (gross weight includes packaging)

Total Cost £458.95 £4.50 per kg
Average postage cost 1.8p per QSL card.

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A25UK - Trophy & Raffle 2017

a25redA25UK will be qrv in the next 24 hours from Botswana.

During our stay in Botswana we will be running a competition with prizes to be won.  To enter this competition all you have to do is contact us.  The more times you contact us the more raffle tickets you will earn.  For each slot you contact us on you will obtain a single ticket. The maximum number of slots available is 25, which means you will have to work us on CW, SSB and DATA on all bands from 160M to 10M.

The first 2 prizes will be drawn at random and finally the highest Club Log ranked entry. All will be contacted via email or Facebook. (Please ensure your QRZ page holds a valid email address)

1st Prize A25UK Fleece with your name and call sign embroidered (chosen at random)

2nd A25UK Polo Shirt with name and call sign embroidered (chosen at random)

3rd A25UK Polo Shirt with name and call sign embroidered (highest ranked in Club Log)

Raffle will be drawn 2 weeks after the Facebook multiplier has closed. (3 weeks upon our return)

Prizes will be awarded by the A25UK Team at Friedrichshafen Ham Radio Fair. (July 2017) .  If you are unable to attend this event, please contact us.

 

HB0/GM4UYE Liechtenstein Charity

HB0-GM4UYEGM0OBX and his colleagues are doing a small DXpedition in the Summer to Liechtenstein as (HB0/GM4UYE) in a few few weeks.

All proceeds and donations are going to the Glasgow Childrens Hospital Charity (formerley Yorkhill Childrens Charlty). Please see their 'Just Giving' page by clicking here or the image to the left.

 

 

 

''Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (formerly Yorkhill Children’s Charity)

We help the babies, children and young people treated at Scotland's largest children's hospital, the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. We fund medical equipment, research, play programmes and family support services to ensure that our young patients receive the best possible care and experience.''

Charity Registration No. SC007856

If you can make a small donation he would be very grateful. Thank you.

 

DU1UD/8 OC-119

SuluDindo (DU1UD) is now in Zamboanga City waiting for appropriate transportation to Jolo Sulu (IOTA OC-119 Group Name: Jolo Group & claimed by: 11.8% of participants). 

He will arrive on Jolo Sulu sometime in the next two weeks and is there as part of a work maintenance crew. He will be qrv on HF using vertical antennas, a K3 and KPA500 PA.
 
Operations will be sporadic, in between work commitments and at this stage there is no date for him being qrt. He could be on Jolo Sulu for several weeks possibly a month. His location is sensitive and therefore it not appropriate to have an operating schedule. 

He will try to benefit all continents dependent on propagation during the times he has available.

 

Callsign DU1UD/8 (TBC) QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

 

 

GB2MDC QRV- MDXC 20

MDXC 213 newThe Mediterraneo Dx Club wants to celebrate on air, with all the Members and Supporters, its 20th Anniversary of Foundation.

GB2MDC will participate from the UK between the 1 to 30 April 2017 with many other special stations from all over the world.

http://www.mdxc.org/20years/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9N7EI Video released

Capture5A video produced by Paul M0YTT from images of the recent 9N7EI Dxpedition has now been published on-line.

Please click the image to the left to view the image in You Tube.

Qsl Card can be seen here http://www.m0oxo.com/1248-9n7ei-qsl-card.html

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2016/2017 Postal Mailing

OBA

The UK QSL managers continue to deal with large volumes of outgoing QSL cards both direct letters and bureau parcels to all the IARU Bureaus. This is a summary of the postage for the year 01/04/2016 to 31/03/2017.


Direct items are slightly down by -1.3% on last year. An increased postal cost of +4.45% on last year which is mainly due to our increased Bureau work over the last year along with an adjustment of exchange rate against the US dollar.

 

9N7EI Qsl Card

9N7EI 1The Qsl design for 9N7EI has now been completed and cards are currently being printed by UX5UO.

We have a really nice 4 sided (Folding) Card which will be sent to all who have made a donation
or requested a Direct Card via OQRS or Post Mail. A 2 sided card has also been produced which
will be sent to all those requesting a Bureau Card.

Thanks to Gennady UX5UO for the printing of the card, showing several aspects of our trip to
Nepal.

The EIDX Group hope you will like the card once received, thank you.

 

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9N7EI single ob

Logsearch is now on Clublog and our OQRS pages are now open. 

The 12 man, all Echo India team brought a wealth of experience and variety to the group. Several are well known and active contesters while others are world recognised DXpeditioners.

Each one of them love pile-ups, and tried their best to get as many into the log as possible finishing with just over 30,000 qso's.

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D44TWO & 9X2AW

D44TWO-QSLHarald DF2WO (XT2AW, 9X2AW, D44TWO) will be back in Cabo Verde and Rwanda again soon.

Harald will be going back to Santiago Island AF-005 from the 3rd May until 08th June 2017 and will operate again as D44TWO. He enjoyed his recent trip to Kigali so much that he will be back in Rwanda from 15th - 30th November 2017.

He will operate as he normally does with Hexbeam and vertical antennas on most bands 80 thro to 6m, bands permitting. More information will be released nearer the time.

 

 

9G5X QSL Cards

9G5X cropQsl cards for the recent 9G5X trip to Ghana are now being issued.

The next batch of cards will be mailed on Friday 24th March 2017.

Please use OQRS, it is the fastest route possible.

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9X2AW QSL Cards

GorillaThe Qsl Cards for 9X2AW have arrived.

The cards for the recent trip to Rwanda by Harald (DF2WO) are being processed and will be mailed Friday 24th March 2017.

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9G5X - Final Day

9G5X antennas2The Crew here at 9G5X are starting to wrap up for our last day here in Ghana. The 5 Band Spiderbeam and 12m mast in the garden area was taken down this afternoon, leaving the HF beams on the roof and our LF aerials.

Tonight (Monday) evening we had the most enormous thunderstorm with torrential rain and the heavy QRN to go with it. Bob, 5B4AGN is doing his best on LF, but sadly 160 and 80m are almost unusable because of QRN. Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do about conditions.

The low band aerials are coming down early Tuesday at first light, but we will be on tomorrow (Tuesday) until about 13z, using the remaining two beams on the roof. At about 14z we all start to take down the rest our HF aerials and pack up for the red-eye flight leaving Accra for London Heathrow at 23:00z.

It has been great fun working all you guys from down here at Aburi, north of Accra. This place is an outstanding radio QTH and we've had the run of the garden and the hotel roof for aerials. The only downside has been the regular power outages, which have plagued us from time-to-time.

Sweet Mother Eco Lodge isn't Five Star, but our hosts have been very accommodating and, of course, we've had a great time running the pile-ups and working all you guys. For future 9G operations, this is a good place for a radio DXpedition with ham friendly owners. The food and the accommodation are only just adequate, but for two weeks, we've managed very well. The locals Ghanaians are lovely folks, who are convinced that we are all certified, but still treat us as valued guests.

Sure, there are things we could have done better, but this was a holiday DXpedition and we took no donations or requested donations. It was all pretty laid back and a lot of fun. What you see is what you get, and we hope you managed at least one 9G5X QSO. Charles M0OXO has done a great job getting logs into Clublog and on to LoTW. If you have logging queries, we'll do our best to help, if you drop Charles an email.

Can I say that in our experience, some of the very loud Italians using code readers on CW made working them slow and difficult. There are, without doubt, some top-line Italian ops, but only a few. Working the guys with code readers is a nightmare, requiring us to repeat the exchange and their call multiple times.

The best way to work us, is to call once, then listen, if no response then call once again, then listen. One call only is best, then listen. Don't all call up 1, but spread out up to say +1 to +3 on CW and. Up to 15 kHz on SSB. Again, call just once then listen and don't leave a huge time gap with no repeat of your call. We hear summat like "SVD" as we tune over the pile up. It could be Andy or an IK6, but then often we hear nothing for ages. Drop your in call regularly, maybe every 2 seconds, but only once, but time it right!

We really don't care if you are in MI or FL or Aberystwyth, and we don't need your name or QTH or inside leg measurement. Once we have your call, we don't need it repeating four times plus 73 and best DX. Just "599 TU" is good, if you are sure that we have your callsign logged correctly.

The number of casual dupes has shocked us and sometimes yesterday when I was on 17m CW in the late afternoon maybe three out of ten QSOs were duplicates. None of us get this. Clublog tells you which band and mode you've worked us, so why keep calling us?

Enough of our thoughts. We just hope we've given some of you a new bandslot or mode from Ghana. The pile ups here have been insane, but great fun to run. RTTY was a blast on 18 MHz yesterday with many Gs worked whilst the RDX contest was ongoing. We decided to stick to just one band for RTTY to avoid working the same big hitters over and over again. Quite a few people managed a new one on RTTY with our single band strategy. Of course, others bugged us constantly for other bands.

We have about 29K QSOs in the log up to now. We are not trying to beat other scores since this is a group of only six guys working the radios part-time. Some of the guys have been sight-seeing and enjoying the radio only when they can or when they feel like it. We didn't have strict shift rotas here, it is was all very free and easy.

We've had a fabulous time with a lot of laughs at some of our (bad) habits and frailties, which is about what you would expect from a group of known reprobates. Thank you for the great QSOs and the fine operating skills exhibited by G and EI operators, who to us were among the best. You are all a credit to the hobby.

73 until next time.

Steve Wilson, G3VMW for the 9G5X crew.

A7 QSL Cards

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