From the 5W0M team..

    UPDATE: 5W0M team leader DL7VEE informs that the estimated QRT time of the DXpedition is Wednesday, 17 April at 02:00 UTC.

    “We are aware of the big demand for low band operation. But the low bands never were the main aim of this DXpedition, though you certainly will have recognized that we are active on them as well. As you all know, the season is just not right for concentrating on the low bands.

    Especially for Europe: the perfect low band time would be December/January, so during the Hurricane season, and of course we were aware of this fact before planning this DXpedition. But the time is perfect for the high bands, and the conditions, which at the moment are simply great, help us a lot in this respect.

    We also know that Germany always has some kind of a disadvantage working into complicated areas like 5W, while more easterly located European countries and Russia, and also the southern part of Europe, have it much easier, especially on the high bands. But we are sure that our countrymen have no reason to complain, as we are approaching 3500 DL contacts in the log !!!

    We have two Spiderbeams in use. In addition, diverse loops and verticals for 160 through 10m at the beach, plus an EWE receive antenna.

    During our daytime we hardly create any pile ups, but during our night time the pile ups are simply massive, and, we are very sorry to say, very indisciplined! Even stations with extremely big signals we often have to call up to 10 times, as others just transmit on top of them before the QSO is logged. So please gentlemen, we do understand about your enthusiasm, but be so kind and behave friendly, patient and cooperate, this way QSOs will be logged much quicker, and this will help every single ham.

    160 and 80m, unfortunately 40m likewise, show a noise level up to S7, may be due to the air condition system or some other electronic devices at the hotel complex. Therefore, an optimum operation on the low bands simply is impossible, and this may affect other DXpeditions in the future that may be active during better low band times. But again, we are active also on the low bands and try our very best to serve you with a contact there.

    The Internet only works off and on for a few minutes over here, but as you all will have noticed, we upload QSOs to club log as often as possible.

    We will now focus even more on the higher bands in the RTTY mode, as also requested from many sides. We are in contact with 5W1SA, who has visited us and has served us with several helpful hints.

    So thanks to all for the big interest in working us, we do appreciate it, and will continue to log as many of you on all possible bands in all kind of modes.”

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