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- Published on 19 March 2008
- Written by Phil Whitchurch, G3SWH
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Jim, G3RTE and I first started planning our latest DX-pedition in 2004. The major obstacle was getting the licence. Back then, my first point of contact was by e-mail with Peter Denny, 8R1WD who was at the time (and still is) the President of the Guyana Amateur Radio Association (GARA). Peter readily agreed to help me and I duly sent to him copies of my UK licence, passport photo page and a covering letter addressed to the Director of the Guyanan licensing authority, the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU). Strangely, even though Guyana is a member of the British Commonwealth, it transpired that the NFMU do not recognise a UK Class A licence as being valid, despite the fact that the local exams are based upon the old City & Guilds syllabus! Shortly after I made the application, I received an e-mail from the Director of the NFMU stating their official position was that they would only accept a licence issued in either Trinidad or the USA. We decided to shelve the project at that time and went to the British Virgin Islands as VP2V/G6AY that year instead.
- Published on 27 February 2008
- Written by Štefan Horecký, OM3JW
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It was back in March 2007 when my son Michal, OM2DX, came to me with the idea of going somewhere for an expedition. Not a bad idea, but to be honest I was pretty skeptical because finding an interesting country which is affordable and at the same time at least a bit rare is almost impossible but I didn't want to disappoint him. So we started browsing through DXCC list. The pacific was canceled in the first round. In second round, we stopped thinking of South and North America. There were a few interesting destinations in Africa but we didn't like it that much as well. And we didn't even think about Europe. So what was left? Asia; the continent with quite a few rare destinations. Sometimes, even with a few local hams that exist in those countries, but they haven't been visited often by expeditions (A4, A7, A9, AP, ...). "What about Palestine?" asked Michal. "Forget about it" I replied. But he didn't.
- Published on 31 December 2007
- Written by Ronald Stuy, PA3EWP
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From the 4th till 19th November we (Flo F5CWU, Tom GM4FDM and Ronald PA3EWP) were active from the semi rare DXCC country Brunei. Most of the DX-ers already worked Brunei on many bands and modes. But after some investigation we notice that Brunei was not much activated on the low bands and in RTTY in the last years. We thought this was a good opportunity to focus on the low bands and RTTY.
- Published on 30 December 2007
- Written by Richard Gašparík, OM2TW
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From October 15th till 30th 2007, the radio amateur expedition to Gambia, being the greatest Slovak expedition of its kind ever, took place. This is the story of seven radio operators who had the possibility to fulfill their dreams about a great expedition for the period of two weeks. EUDXF QSL online service for this operation is available until 15 January 2008.
- Published on 29 December 2007
- Written by Manos G. Darkadakis, SV1IW
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When I started to think of a Greek DX-Pedition outside of the country it was just before New Year’s Eve 2007. On doing research among countries near or far away, rare or semi rare, Syria soon became one of my best attractions. Firstly it was not that far, secondly it was rarely activated especially on the WARC and the low bands, thirdly, I knew Omar (YK1AO), the national society president, since we have had met in Davos in the year 2005 and at least he could offer me a guidance. It proved afterwards that he offered me a lot more…
- Published on 23 December 2007
- Written by Giorgio Minguzzi, IZ4AKS
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The Sovereign Order of Malta is not a "standard" DX location and the report is not "standard" either. Instead of flight, boat trip, landing, unloading and building up this report has a non-standard (interview) format. Questions by PB2T and answers by IZ4AKS
- Published on 10 December 2007
- Written by Neville Cheadle G4NUG
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“137,500 QSOs with no sunspots” or “It all went to plan until there was a murder in Port Louis.”
When we were on Rodrigues, operating as 3B9C in March/April 2004, the conversation naturally turned to “Where Next?” We liked the Indian Ocean with its ease of access, particularly from the UK, and we had developed some really valuable contacts in Mauritius, the most valuable being Captain Yves Goilot who had been an enormous help with 3B9C.