EUDXF supports the 6O6O humanitarian fundraiser DXpedition to Somalia

The EUDXF Board is happy to share their decision to support the 6O6O humanitarian fundraiser DXpedition to Somalia.

A team of two operators, Adrian KO8SCA and EUDXF member Ken LA7GIA, are going to 6O – Somalia. Date of operation will be Jan 3rd to Jan 16th 2018. They received an invitation from the Ministry to go to Somalia and make amateur radio transmission. License is granted as 6O6O.

Humanitarian aspect

In conjunction with this trip they setup a humanitarian fundraiser where all donations received will be given directly to Doctors Without Borders in Somalia. Also the support received from the DXcommunity will go to this humanitarian fundraiser. The operators will cover their own expenses.

In 2016 Ken LA7GIA did a similar fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders in Central African Republic as TL8AO. That fundraiser ended on 11000 USD.

Somalia is a very poor country with an ongoing civil war. Doctors Without Borders quite recently returned to Somalia after having being absent for 4 years. They had to withdraw in 2012 after several attacks on their aid workers. In 2016 they returned, and we hope that the donation will be well received in Somalia as it will be earmarked their work in 6O. For more info of their work in Somalia , please see http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/somalia

A dedicated paypal address for donations is available: 6o6o@la7gia.com

More info is available on www.la7gia.com

Operation will be 160-10m. We will use the following equipment.

  • 2 x Radio Elecraft K3
  • 1 x Radio KX3 as backup
  • 2 Amplifiers: 1 KPA 500 and a 1 kW amplifier.
  • 2 el beam: 20-10m up 18 meter
  • 1 BigIR vertical 40-10m
  • 160+80 vertical antenna (inv L and fullsize 1/4 80m)
  • Several backup antennas
  • 1 beverage to EU/NA/VK/ZL 200m, 1 beverage to JA/SA 200m
  • Backup RX antennas K9AY loop, BOG antennas

QSL is via Charles M0OXO. LoTW and clublog will be uploaded.

They intend to offer instant clublog and LoTW upload (if wifi is working).

Impressive story by VP2EKG after hurricane Irma destroyed everything.

As you may remember, the EUDXF supported VP2EKG Keith with money to buy a generator after Hurricane Irma destroyed everything. He has bought the generator and now has electricity for light, cooking and – very important – to use his water pump again.

His story about life before, during and after hurricane Irma will be published in the upcoming EUDXF magazine.

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