Last Updated on 2015-02-06

NAMIBIA, V5, EME DXpedition January 2009

V5/KT6Q was QRV from moonrise on 8th to moonset on 18th January 2009. QTH was Luderitz, Namibia at Diaz Point, grid locator JG73NI.

EME QSL: please send your QSL to HB9Q, P.O.box 133, CH-5737 Menziken, Switzerland

Please include SASE. Any contribution, even small ones are very much appreciated and will be forwarded to the project “EME for Africa” (read below for more information)! Many thanks!

For the photos please visit our Photogallery

 

Namibia 2009 Summary

Team members:

ZS6OB Pine and XYL Erika, ZS6WB Hal, ZS6JR Daniel, N7BHC Dave (transatlantic-tropo-ducting), Bob (the driver and owner of the minibus), HB9CRQ/KT6Q Dan (team-leader)

Mission:Go to Top

Activate Namibia on 144, 432 and 1296 EME, second priority 50 EME and satellite. Dave, N7BHC asked if he may join the team to try to contact Brazil via transatlantic-tropo-ducting. 

Preparing the DXpedition:Go to Top

Pine and Hal prepared in a huge effort all equipment for 144, 432, 50 and satellite. Dan did bring the 1296 equipment (thanks Bodo, DL3OCH, for letting us use your equipment).

The project “EME for Africa” allowed us to use their equipment (trailer, antennas, mast, TRX). Hal and Pine did add private equipment to complete the EME stations.
 

Getting to Luderitz, Namibia:Go to Top

Since we had that much equipment to carry we travelled by road. We had one minibus towing the 144 EME trailer and one pick-up truck towing the second trailer. The roundtrip was 3200 km for a driving time of 40 hours in 4 days, 2 days each way.
 

Diaz Point, Luderitz, Namibia, JG73ni:Go to Top

Luderitz is on the Atlantic cost just south of the Namib Dessert. Nestled in a very nice bay the town still has its German tough. To get to Diaz Point we drove 20 km on an unpaved road. At Diaz Point (about 2km west of Luderitz) there is just one house which is available for rent, a second house which will be renovated, one very nice café, a couple other buildings (unmanned weather-station), a few camp-sites and the light-house. To rent the house contact Bay View Hotel at www.luderitzhotels.com

The landscape of Diaz Peninsula looks like the moon-surface. Hills of black rugged lava, different rock-formations, sand and only very few small plants make it a very special and mystic place! Diaz Point is surrounded almost 360° by the Atlantic Ocean, only a narrow double-sided-sand-beach connects it to the peninsula. Lot of birds, seals and dolphins can be spotted. If you visit Namibia, this is definitely a place you should see! Please go to Google Earth and search for Diaz Point Luderitz Namibia and you'll see our spectacular QTH!
 

Equipment:Go to Top
  • 144 MHz: 4 x M2 2M9SSB yagis with az and el rotators. TE Systems 280W. ARR preamp.
  • 432 MHz: 8 x M2 432EME-12 yagis manually rotated. TE Systems 160 watt. ARR preamp.
  • 1296 MHz: 1 x 59el yagi manually rotated. 90W. No preamp.

 

Problems to solve:Go to Top

No power, only solar cells and one car battery on site, despite the  written confirmation we had, confirming Diaz Point does have 220V power-service (the travel agent did a very poor job!). The owner of the Bay View Hotel (who runs the Diaz Point accommodation and café) and his staff did help us to get a generator. Many thanks Willem and Team! Never the less we still were limited in operation since we would have needed more energy to operate 3 EME stations plus the tropo station at the same time.

144 MHz TRX: power-supply went QRT when switched on first time. We had to use another TRX for 144 EME, fortunately we did bring an extra TRX with us. However we had to change several plugs/connectors (interface, sequencer) to have it operate on JT and CW. Although we had a lot of surplus material, it was not easy to put together what was needed.

144 19xxxm2 and 50 5el yagi crashed during tower erection because the iron-cable which pulls-up the tower let go. Therefore 50 MHz EME was not possible anymore, and we also lost the main 144 antenna for the tropo-ducting test. Fortunately no one was hurt!

144 preamp burned during first attempt to work CW on 144. We had a switching problem since we were not using the RTX we planned to use. Fortunately we had a spare preamp. The 144 CW QSO with Finn, LA8YB was done without preamp.

During several days we had to stand gusty winds peaking more than 100 km/h. Blowing sand everywhere, the shack was covered with sand! To avoid damage we had to lower the antennas to ground several times.

144 MHz cross-yagi for satellite was damaged due to a very strong wind gust, so satellite activity was limited to the handheld antenna and the egg-biters. Hal, ZS6WB did his best to work as many stations as possible.

Several smaller problems with computers and RF equipment, which could be solved, however we spent a lot of time to do it.

Due to all this problems, we had to cut-back on some of the activities: we could only be QRV simultaneously on 2 EME bands (not 3 as planed), no 50 MHz activity at all, less QRV-time for the tropo-ducting test and satellite activity and less CW activity than planned.

 

Moon conditions:Go to Top

We had very good conditions during first moon-window on 8th of January. The screen was full of callers! We counted up to 18 stations at the same time! The following day’s conditions became more and more difficult. We had more lock-out time each moon-path, and one-way-conditions for more and more hours. We did not rx any station for hours, but our own echo was most of the time very strong. Every now and then we had stations calling us with excellent signal, but they did not respond when we called them with report, did they rx us at all? Most of the time, when we could work stations, they were very strong. The worked stations had an average signal-strength of -19! Only few stations were weaker than -25. For more detail see the log below.

Hal and Pine confirmed that they experience a lot of lock-outs and one-way conditions from their home-QTH. It looks like this is not unusual down here. Unfortunately we had no vertical antenna, this may have helped us to make even more QSOs.
 

EME Results:Go to Top
  • 144: 231 initials, 47 DXCC, 230 JT65 and 1 CW
  • 432: 18 initials, 13 DXCC, 16 JT65 and 5 CW
  • 1296: 18 initials, 12 DXCC, 17 JT and 1 CW
We are very happy with the 144 result, our system worked perfectly. On 432 we have expected to work many more stations! The system seemed to perform okay, we had the impression that there was just lack of interest/activity!?! We only worked stations we could have worked using just 1 yagi! This of course is not very motivating for DXpeditions to do an effort and use several or even many yagis. The 1296 result is slightly better than what we expected. Although we could have worked many more if they would have tried to work us. Don't forget, 2.4m dish and 300W are enough for an easy QSO!
 
QSLing:Go to Top

All EME QSL please to HB9Q, Box 133, CH-5737 Menziken, Switzerland

Please include SASE. Any contribution, even small ones are very much appreciated and will be forwarded to the project “EME for Africa”! Many thanks!

We will have picture QSLs printed. Hope to have them by the end of February. Please be patient! We periodically update the log with the QSL received.

 

Photo Gallery:Go to Top

Will be added mid February.

 

Many thanks!Go to Top
  • Erika did all the cooking for us! We had great food! Many thanks Erika!
  • Hal and Pine many thanks for all the work, effort and time you put into our DXpedition.
  • Daniel, many thanks for driving us save to Luderitz and back and for all the support you gave us on site!
  • Dave, many thanks for putting up the internet connection for us!
  • Bob, many thanks for driving us save to Luderitz and back and for all the support during our DXpedition!
  • William, Johan and Joan, many thanks for your support on site!
  • "EME for Africa", many thanks for letting us use your equipment!
  • The SARL South African Radio League
  • The PARC Pretoria Amateur Radio club
  • Multisource Icom Distributor for IC-910H
  • MBT South Africa [ZS6BUN, Dick] for EME trailer
  • Frosty K5LBU & USA sponsors of elevation rotator
  • WYNAND ZS6ARF for optimizing radio equipment and Technical assistance
  • Trusty V51TT for helping with the guest license
  • MMMonVHF.de, Guy, for posting all our updates and keeping the EME community informed

And last but not least, many thanks to all of you calling us!

 

Project "EME for Africa":Go to Top

Any donation to the project "EME for Africa" will help them to activate more countries in and around South Africa. They also make the equipment available to visitors! For donations and more information please contact Pine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dan, V5/KT6Q (HB9CRQ)

For the Namibia 2009 DXpedition-Team

 

Stations worked, QSL received and QSL sent: Go to Top

 

V5/KT6Q JG73NI          
144 MHz            
          15.05.2010 15.05.2010
Date Call RPT 1st from DXCC Dupe QSL rxed QSL sent
10.01.2009 7K3LGC -19        
10.01.2009 9A2TK -19     *  
08.01.2009 9A3GE -28 9A   *  
10.01.2009 9H1PA -13 9H   *  
10.01.2009 AA4SC -19     *  
08.01.2009 AA7A -14     *  
11.01.2009 AA9MY -22     *  
11.01.2009 AD4TJ -20     *  
17.01.2009 CN8LI -25 CN      
09.01.2009 DC2MW -22     *  
10.01.2009 DC9YC -21        
10.01.2009 DD0VF -21     *  
11.01.2009 DF0BRB -23        
17.01.2009 DF1AN -16     *  
08.01.2009 DF2ZC -14     *  
08.01.2009 DF7KF -19        
08.01.2009 DG0OPK -22     *  
10.01.2009 DG1VL -22     *  
17.01.2009 DG6JF/P -18     *  
16.01.2009 DG8NCO -26     *  
08.01.2009 DH3YAK -22     *  
10.01.2009 DH8WG -23        
08.01.2009 DJ3VI -23     *  
09.01.2009 DJ4TC -24     *  
09.01.2009 DJ8MS -11        
17.01.2009 DJ9EV -21        
16.01.2009 DJ9MG -25     *  
08.01.2009 DK1CO -21     *  
17.01.2009 DK1CO -19   dupe    
08.01.2009 DK3BU -18        
11.01.2009 DK3EE -17        
09.01.2009 DK3NG -22     *  
09.01.2009 DK3WG -17     *  
09.01.2009 DK4TG -22     *  
10.01.2009 DK4TG -20   dupe *  
11.01.2009 DK5EW -20     *  
08.01.2009 DK5LA -19 DL   *  
09.01.2009 DK5LA -12   dupe *  
10.01.2009 DK5LA -27   dupe *  
14.01.2009 DK5LA -14   dupe *  
16.01.2009 DK5LA -14   dupe *  
08.01.2009 DK5SO -19     *  
10.01.2009 DK5WL -19     *  
09.01.2009 DK5YA -20     *  
08.01.2009 DK8ZJ -20     *  
11.01.2009 DL0DBR -18     *  
09.01.2009 DL1DWI -14     *  
08.01.2009 DL1RNW -22     *  
08.01.2009 DL2LAH -11     *  
08.01.2009 DL2NUD -18        
10.01.2009 DL2NUD -13   dupe    
12.01.2009 DL4WO -23     *  
14.01.2009 DL6ZAU -22     *  
11.01.2009 DL7FF -14     *  
10.01.2009 DL7HR -18     *  
08.01.2009 DL8EBW -17     *  
08.01.2009 DL8GP -16     *  
09.01.2009 DL8YHR -21     *  
16.01.2009 DL9DWA -25        
08.01.2009 DL9MS -13     *  
09.01.2009 DM1CG -15        
11.01.2009 DM2BHG -22     *  
08.01.2009 EA2AGZ -14 EA   *  
09.01.2009 EA2ASB -21     *  
10.01.2009 EA5SR -29     *  
09.01.2009 EA6VQ -13 EA6   *  
09.01.2009 EB5EEO -20        
09.01.2009 EI4DQ -19 EI   *  
08.01.2009 ES6RQ -16 ES   *  
08.01.2009 F1DUZ -16     *  
10.01.2009 F1NWZ -15     *  
09.01.2009 F1TE -16        
08.01.2009 F5GHP -21        
08.01.2009 F6APE -24        
17.01.2009 F6APE -22   dupe    
10.01.2009 F6BEG -23     *  
08.01.2009 F6BKI -20     *  
08.01.2009 F6HVK -14 F   *  
08.01.2009 F8DO -18        
08.01.2009 G4CBW -21        
08.01.2009 G4EZP -23     *  
08.01.2009 G4FUF -21     *  
11.01.2009 G4YTL -12     *  
08.01.2009 G4ZFJ -18 G   *  
08.01.2009 G5WQ -22        
14.01.2009 G8VYK -19     *  
09.01.2009 GM4CXM -24 GM   *  
10.01.2009 GW3XYW -20 GW      
14.01.2009 HA0DU -13     *  
14.01.2009 HA0HO -21        
16.01.2009 HA0HO -20   dupe    
14.01.2009 HA0MK -12        
14.01.2009 HA5CW -13     *  
08.01.2009 HA6NQ -20     *  
17.01.2009 HA6NQ -19   dupe *  
08.01.2009 HA8CE -25 HA   *  
08.01.2009 HB9Q -12 HB9   *  
10.01.2009 HB9Q -15   dupe    
08.01.2009 I1ANP -17     *  
14.01.2009 I2FAK -24     *  
08.01.2009 I2RV -20     *  
10.01.2009 I3EVK -10     *  
09.01.2009 I3LDP -27     *  
10.01.2009 I3MEK -13     *  
09.01.2009 IK1FJI -27     *  
12.01.2009 IK1FJI -10   dupe    
11.01.2009 IK1JXY -19     *  
08.01.2009 IK1UWL -16     *  
14.01.2009 IK1UWL -16   dupe    
09.01.2009 IK2CDI -27     *  
08.01.2009 IK2DDR -21     *  
08.01.2009 IK7EZN -16 I   *  
09.01.2009 IW4ARD -21     *  
08.01.2009 JE1TNL -19 JA   *  
13.01.2009 JE1TNL -15   dupe    
09.01.2009 JG2BRI -17     *  
09.01.2009 JH0MHE -17     *  
11.01.2009 JH2COZ -17     *  
12.01.2009 JH2COZ -20   dupe    
16.01.2009 JH5FOQ -24     *  
09.01.2009 JM1GSH -20     *  
09.01.2009 JM1WBB -12     *  
11.01.2009 JO1LVZ -25     *  
10.01.2009 JR3REX -18     *  
11.01.2009 JS3CTQ -20     *  
11.01.2009 JS3CTQ -25   dupe *  
12.01.2009 K0KP -23        
10.01.2009 K1CA -14     *  
09.01.2009 K1JT -19        
08.01.2009 K1OR -15     *  
10.01.2009 K2BLA -23     *  
13.01.2009 K5QE -10     *  
09.01.2009 K6MYC -18        
16.01.2009 K6MYC -15   dupe    
10.01.2009 K7MI -24        
10.01.2009 K7MI -19   dupe    
12.01.2009 K7XQ -14        
08.01.2009 K9MRI -11     *  
09.01.2009 KB8RQ -10        
10.01.2009 KD3UY -15     *  
11.01.2009 KE7NR -16        
10.01.2009 KI4TZ -23     *  
12.01.2009 KR7O -20        
16.01.2009 LA8YB O 529 CW LA   *  
15.01.2009 LU1CGB -24 LU   *  
09.01.2009 LZ1DP -14 LZ      
10.01.2009 N4BH -24        
09.01.2009 N7SC -17     *  
12.01.2009 NF2V -15        
09.01.2009 OE1SOW -21 OE   *  
09.01.2009 OH2LHE -18     *  
09.01.2009 OH3KLJ -17     *  
09.01.2009 OH4EA -23        
09.01.2009 OH4LA -23     *  
13.01.2009 OH6UW -20        
08.01.2009 OH6ZZ -20 OH   *  
09.01.2009 OH7PI -16     *  
11.01.2009 OH8MGK -20     *  
09.01.2009 OK1CU -17 OK   *  
10.01.2009 OK1UGA -13     *  
08.01.2009 OM3BC -17 OM   *  
17.01.2009 OM3CWY -21        
14.01.2009 ON4KHG -19     *  
14.01.2009 ON7EH -16     *  
08.01.2009 ON7UC -21 ON   *  
17.01.2009 OY4TN -21 OY      
08.01.2009 OZ1LPR -21 OZ   *  
08.01.2009 PA0JMV -14        
08.01.2009 PA0ZH -17     *  
08.01.2009 PA0ZH -25   dupe    
12.01.2009 PA0ZH -17   dupe    
08.01.2009 PA1GYS -17     *  
08.01.2009 PA2CHR -25     *  
11.01.2009 PA3CEE -21     *  
10.01.2009 PA3CMC -28     *  
17.01.2009 PA3CMC -17   dupe    
13.01.2009 PA3COB -20        
09.01.2009 PA3CSG -20     *  
08.01.2009 PA3DOL -21        
09.01.2009 PA3EXV -18        
08.01.2009 PA3FPQ -18 PA   *  
13.01.2009 PA3FPQ -14   dupe    
14.01.2009 PA4EME -24     *  
08.01.2009 PA4PS -26     *  
11.01.2009 PA7RP -20     *  
09.01.2009 PE1L -12     *  
09.01.2009 PF7M -25     *  
10.01.2009 PI9CAM -19     *  
08.01.2009 PI9CM -18        
13.01.2009 PY4OG -24 PY      
08.01.2009 RA6AX -3 UA   *  
08.01.2009 RA6DA -14     *  
09.01.2009 RA9YDL -19     *  
08.01.2009 RK3FG -21     *  
08.01.2009 RN6BN -7        
08.01.2009 RU1AA -14     *  
08.01.2009 RU1AC -15     *  
08.01.2009 RU3GX -16     *  
09.01.2009 RV3IG -21     *  
10.01.2009 RV9UV -21     *  
08.01.2009 RW3AC -20        
11.01.2009 RW3WR -19     *  
09.01.2009 RX1AS -13     *  
11.01.2009 RX1AS -12   dupe *  
08.01.2009 RZ4HF -20     *  
08.01.2009 S52LM -24 S5      
11.01.2009 S54T -22     *  
15.01.2009 SK5CR -15     *  
09.01.2009 SM2A -18     *  
08.01.2009 SM5CUI -17     *  
13.01.2009 SM5CUI -14   dupe    
09.01.2009 SM5DIC -21     *  
08.01.2009 SM7GVF -17 SM   *  
09.01.2009 SP2NJI -25        
08.01.2009 SP2OFW -15 SP   *  
08.01.2009 SP3VSC -16        
08.01.2009 SV8CS -20 SV   *  
09.01.2009 SW8KOU -21     *  
09.01.2009 TK5JJ -22 TK      
09.01.2009 UA3MBJ -25     *  
08.01.2009 UA3PTW -27     *  
09.01.2009 UA4API -19     *  
13.01.2009 UA4API -16   dupe    
08.01.2009 UA4AQL -20     *  
08.01.2009 UA4HAK -16        
11.01.2009 UA4LCF -24     *  
09.01.2009 UA9FAD -16     *  
09.01.2009 UA9SL -18     *  
09.01.2009 UA9YLU -13 UA9   *  
10.01.2009 UK/DL9LBH -21 UK   *  
09.01.2009 UR5LX -22     *  
09.01.2009 UT6UG -21 UT   *  
11.01.2009 UT6UG -21   dupe    
10.01.2009 VE2JWH -28        
08.01.2009 VE5UF -24 VE      
11.01.2009 VK2KU -22 VK   *  
12.01.2009 VK4CDI -19     *  
09.01.2009 W1IPL -21     *  
10.01.2009 W4RBO -24     *  
08.01.2009 W5UN -10 W      
09.01.2009 W5UN -11   dupe    
15.01.2009 W5UN -10   dupe    
08.01.2009 W7GJ -12     *  
12.01.2009 W7IUV -21        
08.01.2009 W7MEM -23     *  
13.01.2009 W7MEM -19   dupe *  
09.01.2009 WA2ODO -25     *  
12.01.2009 WA2ODO -13   dupe *  
10.01.2009 WA3BZT -13     *  
14.01.2009 WA3QPX -16     *  
11.01.2009 WA4EWV -17     *  
11.01.2009 WA4NJP -20     *  
09.01.2009 XE2AT -21 XE   *  
09.01.2009 YL2HA -22 YL   *  
08.01.2009 YO9FRJ -14 YO   *  
10.01.2009 YU1IO -24        
09.01.2009 YU7AA -26 YU   *  
08.01.2009 YU7XL -21 YU   *  
17.01.2009 ZL2DX -22 ZL   *  
08.01.2009 ZS2GK -18 ZS   *  
17.01.2009 ZS2GK -21   dupe    
17.01.2009 ZS2GK -20   dupe    
10.01.2009 ZS6WAB -16        
Totals: #231 -18.9 47 32 181 181
 
 
V5/KT6Q JG73NI          
432 MHz            
          15.05.2010 15.05.2010
Date Call RPT 1st from DXCC Dupe QSL rxed QSL sent
10.01.2009 DF3RU -14        
10.01.2009 DL7APV -28 DL   *  
10.01.2009 DL9KR O 529 CW     *  
11.01.2009 F2TU -15      
11.01.2009 FR5DN -17 FR      
09.01.2009 HB9Q -14 HB9   *  
11.01.2009 HB9Q -11   * *  
11.01.2009 HB9Q O 529 CW   * *  
10.01.2009 I1NDP -24 I   *  
11.01.2009 K2UYH -15 W   *  
10.01.2009 LZ1DX -19 LZ   *  
10.01.2009 OK1DFC -23 OK   *  
14.01.2009 OK1KIR -21     *  
13.01.2009 OZ4MM O 539 CW OZ   *  
10.01.2009 PA3CSG -13 PA   *  
10.01.2009 PI9CAM -22 PA   *  
10.01.2009 PI9CAM -22   *    
10.01.2009 SM2CEW -19 SM      
10.01.2009 UA3PTW -19 UA   *  
14.01.2009 UA3PTW O 529 CW   * *  
11.01.2009 VE6TA -14 VE      
11.01.2009 WA4NJP -25     *  
12.01.2009 WA4NJP -18   * *  
14.01.2009 WA4NJP O 529 CW   * *  
Totals: #18   13 6 13 13
 
 
V5/KT6Q JG73NI          
1296 MHz            
          21.10.2009 21.10.2009
Date Call RPT 1st from DXCC Dupe/NC QSL rxed QSL sent
12.01.2009 DF3RU -27        
09.01.2009 DJ9YW -24 DL   *  
09.01.2009 ES5PC -25     *  
09.01.2009 ES6RQ -25 ES   *  
11.01.2009 F2TU -22 F      
09.01.2009 G4CCH -24 G   *  
14.01.2009 G4CCH -25   *    
14.01.2009 HB9BBD O 419 CW   NC    
09.01.2009 HB9HAL -19     *  
12.01.2009 HB9MOON -19   * *  
08.01.2009 HB9Q -20 HB9   *  
12.01.2009 K2UYH -21     *  
15.01.2009 LA9NEA -26 LA   *  
11.01.2009 OE9ERC -24 OE      
09.01.2009 OK1DFC -18 OK   *  
09.01.2009 OK1DFC -18   *    
09.01.2009 OK1KIR -22     *  
15.01.2009 OZ4MM O 319 CW     *  
09.01.2009 OZ6OL -28 OZ      
09.01.2009 PA3CSG -23 PA   *  
09.01.2009 RW3BP -28 UA      
09.01.2009 W5LUA -24 W      
Totals: #18   12 4 13 13