MARCH 24 — 3C0W is QRT. The team successfully reached Malabo. They will stay there until Tuesday evening, when flight home is scheduled. But no more activity on the bands is planned from 3C.

Over 54 267 QSOs in 3C0W log in 14 days of operation. Full log is uploaded to Club Log.

Yesterday they spent less time on air because visiting local school planned for the morning happened in the late afternoon. Also yesterday they dismantled 1st station. Airport security did not allow to take on the flight generator. They left it to local friends on Annobon.

MARCH 21 — Seeing the real situation of local kids on Annobon, the team decided to donate extra funds and extend time of fund-raising to support local pupils until Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Here you will find how to donate to this Hams With Hearts activity.

On Friday they are visiting local school and will forward school goods already bought for the amount of 500€. And, additionally, they will have time when back in Malabo to buy more school goods for pupils and will send it to Annobon. School goods are not cheap here.

3C0W log will be uploaded Saturday evening after the return to Malabo (3C).

MARCH 20 — Yesterday set new QSO record – 5748 QSOs a day. Over 39700 QSOs in the 3C0W log in total so far.

On Friday they will take down low band vertical, Spiderbeam and Folding antenna. Last night – Friday to Saturday they will be QRV on 40m and 30m bands.

On Saturday morning they will end the operation, pack remaining gear and fly back to Malabo. Flight home is on Tuesday. No more 3C3W activity is planned during the days in between.

MARCH 18 — They made 230 QSOs on 30m last night. In total about 30,000 QSOs in the log at the moment. As planned they have built two arrays of 2 phased verticals for 30 and 40m bands. Beverage antenna gave good results to JA on 80m. They have got new SIM card for mobile internet, but it is not functioning yet. Otherwise everything is good.

MARCH 12 — As planned low band vertical was set up today. They will be on low bands tonight. Today they visited the governor of the island. Don’t be surprised if they time to time suddenly disappear. They have problems with electricity.

MARCH 11 — Today the team set up the Spiderbeam. Also generator was started. They have problems with buying fuel on the island and have only 40litres now. Tomorrow they will set up a low band vertical with RA6LBS matching unit. About 3800 QSOs are in the log. Still no internet.

MARCH 10 — 3C0W is on the air. They successfully reached Annobon. Fuel is bought. Folding antenna and verticals for 40m and 30m are already up. Mobile internet fails to work. Thus 3C0W log uploads are unlikely until the DXpedition is over.

MARCH 9 — As planned, 3C3W is now QRT and the team is getting ready for the flight to Annobon tomorrow. Whole log is uploaded to Club Log. 30,323 QSOs in the log.

MARCH 8 — Tickets are bought for Annobon for March 10, with return on March 24. So Friday morning will pack and in the afternoon go to Malabo to be ready for the flight to Annobon on Saturday.

MARCH 7 — Yesterday set up new vertical for 40m band above the salt-water. The result is good – around 1000 QSOs on 40m SSB. In total 23,137 QSOs in the log.

MARCH 6 — This morning 3C3W made first QSOs on 40m SSB. Tomorrow will also try 80m SSB. During the day they will put up 2nd antenna for 40m band. Yesterday they found out that the broken K3 surprisingly started to work again. So all equipment is functional. 19,706 QSOs in the log. Please do not make dupe QSOs on the same band-mode slots.

MARCH 5 — The flight to Annobon planned for tomorrow will not happen. The next possible date of flight is Saturday, March 10th. So, the team stays in Luba/Bioko island and continues to work as 3C3W at until least until Friday.

MARCH 4 — One K3 transceiver broke down. Seems it’s the same fault as during the previous DXpedition. Spare KX3 is now put into operation and 2 stations are on the air.
If the flight to Annobon is confirmed for Tuesday, then on Monday they will take down the antennas and pack to be ready. Fresh log upload done. 11,556 QSOs in the log.

MARCH 3 — Sunny and hot day again. Solving different local issues and making QSOs. Local generator went off around 5:40 AM local time. Yesterday had local delicacy for dinner – ribs with not much meat. New log uploaded – they have got mobile internet this time. Slow, but works so far for log upload at least once a day. 7259 QSOs in the log.

UPDATE II — One of the operators used wrong macros in logging software and was time to time signing as 3C0W on 21029 kHz today and probably earlier tonight on 7019 kHz. Actually it was 3C3W. Sorry for the confusion. You will find the QSOs in 3C3W log. As written earlier the team is still in Bioko and operating as 3C3W.

MARCH 2 — Another log upload done. Yesterday evening installed also low band vertical tuned with RA6LBS box and started to use 2nd station on RTTY. Local generator was switched off 6 AM local time. Started the day with swimming in the ocean and breakfast. Now 40m vertical needs to be built. It’s going to be hot day, not a single cloud.

MARCH 1 — First 500 QSOs uploaded to Club Log. They had thunderstorms during the night. Day is overcast and raining. Spiderbeam and Folding antennas are up. Low band vertical – still to be build. Plans for the near future are to be QRV as 3C3W until Monday March 5. They will try to catch flights to Annobon on Tuesday, March 6th and continue as 3C0W from there. Further plans are not clear yet.

FEBRUARY 28 — Good news! The time has come for second expedition to Republic of Equatorial Guinea lead by YL2GM.

DXCC most wanted list (February 2018):

    • Annobon (prefix 3C0, Club Log’s most wanted #47, IOTA AF-039)
    • Bioko (prefix 3C3, Club Log’s most wanted #57, IOTA AF-010)

Dates of operation: 28th of February (obtained license) – 27th of March (airplane tickets home). Callsigns: 3C0W & 

Operators: YL2GM, YL1ZF (ex.YL3AIW) & YL2KL.

Minimal support requirements for logo/call on QSL card: 100$

Expedition website: http://www.lral.lv/3c0w_3c3w/index.html

For news, updates and pictures please keep checking our website.

3C0W/3C3W team

6 COMMENTS

  1. Propagation is so bad here in Northern British Columbia that I cannot copy 90% of the DXpeditions featured here on DX World.

  2. 3C0W like all other DXpeditions before are located on the North side of the island while the main path to OC is via South and blocked by a mountain. When on Saturday we finally had a long path opening from 3C0W to OC on 40m we were hopeful to get some attention by the team. Unfortunately that was not the case and they progressed working EU and NA even so one ZL finally made it into the log, only for 3C0W to QSY just before our sunset when the peak propagation would be.
    Like most of the DXpeditions to Africa this one is again a big frustration for Oceania HAMs.
    May be the criteria should not be who works the most total QSO’s but who gives the most ATNO’s to the community.

    73 Holger

  3. Good job, well done.
    Congratulations for this activity. Tnx for qsos.
    Ciao.
    Francesco – IV3TMM

  4. Outstanding result with three operators. You earn my full respect. Loudest signal on 160m from AF that I have ever copied here in HB9.

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