A message from EI9FBB, the team leader of 7Q7EI with a short status report of the DXpedition :
We are getting lots of requests for 160m CW. This will NOT be happening. Due to high local noise levels we will NOT be working CW on 160m. Only FT8 is possible. We have had some success on 80m CW and we try to maximise these QSOs each day.
Yes, I’m sure it is frustrating for the general public to be thinking that we are only working FT8 on LF, but I assure you, CW is or preferred mode (by far). There are still many ‘bugs’ in the FT8 programme but you must remember, this is still a BETA TEST which is working well for us on 160m. Without it, we would not be QRV on 160m at all.
80M CW will be maximised for our remaining days – we need every QSO in or log.
Other than that, I can say that our frequent electricity outages have stabilised a bit now – we hired a generator locally to power our radios, and we have now a reliable internet source. Shortly after sunrise, we have a period with zero propagation when all bands are closed for a few hours and only the Big Guns get through.
A fellow DXpeditioner once told me ‘it’s the going into the unknown that makes the adventure’ and we are certainly having an adventure!
I’m confident that we’ll make the 30,000 QSOs and make the GDXF Mega DXpeditions Honour Roll.
Vy 73 de Dave EI9FBB
March 15, 2018:
The sunrise of March 14 brought the longawaited short opening to Western Europe on 80m. 20 stations from this hard to catch part of the world made it in the log.
On thursday we had to dimantle most of the station. Only one station will remain active until Friday morning. So, activity will be limited to 10, 15, 20 and 40m.
This morning we had 30,017 qso’s in the log. We are satisfied with the results and have done everything due curcumstances. We are very happy with more than 32% Europeans in the log.
All logs are uploaded to Clublog.
On Friday morning we will QRT and in the afternoon we will be on our Flight to Fiji where we will meet Tony 3D2AG, our great help to make 3D2EU possible.
Also this year there will be a DX dinner for EUDXF members (and their partners) during the Ham Radio. The dinner will take place in Gasthof Traube, Storchenstraße 1, 88069 Tettnang. (www.traube-tettnang.de) on Saturday 2 June 2018. Start will be around 19h00 local time.
Participation is only possible for EUDXF members who paid their annual membership dues and who made a reservation in advance.
The maximum number of seats available is 50. Reservations are on a first come first served basis. Reservations can be made until 25 May 2018, or until the maximum number of 50 is reached, via the EUDXF stand manager Jan PA1TT (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There will be a set menu. Special dietary requirements should be made known in advance. We hope to meet you in Tettnang.
Attention, there will be no BCC DX diner this year, so make your reservation in time!
73, Jan DJ5AN / PA1TT EUDXF Standmanager.