NEWS UPDATE – We arrived well and completely in Macao on Sunday afternoon. Thanks for the great help to Mr. Rudy Leung, Business Development Manager from GRAND COLOANE RESORT MACAU, who is also a ham, and the excellent service from the hotel stuff.  We lost several hours for a correct import procedure. Mr. Iam Chi Veng from DSRT helped with new papers for import and export. The station examination by DSRT was already 24 hours after we arrived. All team members got an own short time-XX9-licence. XX9XX mailed us that the Macao ham radio band plan from 1994 is still valid. We got is also printed with our license papers. Macao is Region 3.

A special thanks to Bom, XX9LT. Without him this expedition would not have been possible.

We have 5 antennas now on a very limited space, but on top of the hotel area: 18 m high vertical for 80 and 160 m with elevated radials, 15 m high vertical for 40 m with two radials, 12 m high vertical for 30 m with two radials, 12 and 17 m band single loops on a 12 m mast, a hexbeam for 20/17/15/12/10/6 m 10 m up, only used on 20/15/10 m with a triplexer. Our technical setup works very well. Good coax cable, small and big bandfilters for each band, current baluns for each antenna  and others gives only a few interferences at special band-mode-configurations. We think this hotel is one of the very few places for a low-band operation from Macao.

After 60 hours we reached the 10.000 QSO mark. Japanese stations are very strong. We think in the next days the chances for North America will be better as we have already a lot of Jas in the log. Bad news – we lost one of our three amplifiers.
Next we will start on 160 m CW.

December 10, 2016 — XX9LT, DJ9KH, DL2AWG, DL2HWA, DL2RNS, DL3HRH, DL4SVA, DL5CW, DM2AUJ, DM2AYO and DL7VEE will be active from Macau as XX9D between February 13-26, 2017. QRV on 80-10m CW, SSB & RTTY. QSL via DL4SVA. Website

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