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Somalia DXpedition

Ken, LA7GIA, reports: I will QRV from Somalia Sept. 14th to Sept. 28th on all bands 160-10m mainly on CW. Activity on other modes (SSB, FT8) will be limited and on 1-2 bands only.

This trip has proved to be very difficult to plan, but finally after 3 site visits all details are sorted out. I have all permits in hand – and look forward to returning to Somalia after 18 months.

I will particularly focus on working NA this time, as well low bands.
I have some good vertical low band antennas, and some good RX antennas.
The RX antennas will hopefully be located far away from noise sources.
There will be a guard protecting the beverages 24/7.

Please follow my instructions when it comes to calling for geographical areas. Because there is a very short opening to NA on low bands, in particular western part of NA. If there is propagation I will only call for NA when we approach my sunrise. EU will have the best conditions and shall try to work me during their evening time on low bands.

Please carefully note the QSO and QSL policy mentioned on my Web page. Free&fast LoTW is only for the good first class operators who can follow the QSO policy and DX code of conduct.

I have some additional security related expenses like armored car, armed guards etc. If you would like to contribute to protecting the low band antennas from being stolen, cut or moved – make a donation to PayPal (kenneth@opskar.no).
Anyone who donates in advance before the DXpedition end will receive direct QSL and express LoTW!
This time I would also like to offer you the possibility to donate to a humanitarian fundraiser for the Norwegian organization Sabona who helps children in Africa. Please use the same PayPal address but indicate your call and that it is meant as humanitarian donation.

Please look for more info on my Web page (https://www.la7gia.com/where-next/).”

ADDED REMINDER: QSL via M0OXO. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog. Also, make sure you read Ken’s “QSO & QSL Policy” on his Web page.



Zanzibar Island IOTA activation

Silvano, I2YSB, reports the Italian DXpedition Team (IDT) will be activating Zanzibar Island (AF-032) in Tanzania between February 4-18th, 2020.

The IDT will be using two callsigns: 5I5TT for CW, SSB and RTTY; 5I4ZZ for FT8 and FT4.

The Team will be comprised of 10 operators. Operators mentioned are Franco/I1FQH, Alfeo/ I1HJT, Tony/I2PJA, Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/ IK2DIA, Stefano/IK2HKT, Paolo/IW1ARB and Mac/JA3USA. Activity will be on 160-10 meters with 5 stations on the air.

Suggested frequencies are:
CW – 1826, 3530, 7025, 10115, 14030, 18068, 21030, 24890 and 28030 kHz
SSB – 3775, 7090, 14240, 18130, 21310, 24950 and 28470 kHz
RTTY – 14084 kHz
FT4 – 3575, 7047.5, 10140, 14080, 18104, 21140, 24919 and 28180 kHz
FT8 – 1845, 3585, 7056, 10131, 14084, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz
** For Japanese stations only: FT8 on 160m will use the normal mode.
Their RX frequency will be on 1908 kHz.

The IDT is conducting a band/mode survey for their Tanzania operation
at: http://www.i2ysb.com/idt

QSL via OQRS (http://win.i2ysb.com/logonline/). QSL via I2YSB direct only or LoTW after the operation.