NEWS UPDATE by LA7GIA / 6O7O
“This trip has proved to be very difficult to plan, but finally after 3 site visits all details are sorted out. I have all permits in hand – and look forward to returning to Somalia after 18 months.
I will particularly focus on working NA this time, as well low bands. I have some good vertical low band antennas, and some good RX antennas. The RX antennas will hopefully be located far away from noise sources. There will be a guard protecting the beverages 24/7. Please follow my instructions when it comes to calling for geographical areas. Because there is a very short opening to NA on low bands, in particular western part of NA. If there is propagation I will only call for NA when we approach my sunrise. EU will have the best conditions and shall try to work me during their evening time on low bands.
I have some additional security related expenses like armored car, armed guards etc. If you would like to contribute to protecting the low band antennas from being stolen, cut or moved – make a donation to paypal: kenneth[at]opskar.no”
JULY 18, 2019 — Ken, LA7GIA is returning to Somalia and active as 6O7O during September 2019. In his own words:
“For a long time I have been planning where to go next. This time I decided to return to Somalia which I also activated in 2018. I really look forward to this trip! Planning a trip to Somalia involves many limitations and challenges wrt obtaining permissions, logistics, operation as well safety & security wise. I have obtained the license 6O7O, and LoTW is already received by ARRL.
I have a better QTH than last time. This time also with more space for beverages to NA/EU and Asia. Everything is booked and in place like accommodation, flight etc. I will be operating solo for exactly 14 days on all bands 160-10m using mainly CW. If possible also digi mode. If someone can send me an original Elecraft mic I might do some SSB as well…
I will be using my upgraded Elecraft K3, 1 kW amplifier and various TX/RX antennas.
160m: toploaded vertical
80m/40m: fullsize verticals
30m, 17m, 12m: dipole
20m, 15m, 10m: My favourite 2 el Mosley beam
RX antennas: 200-230m beverage to NA/EU and asia. K9AY loop as backup. RemoteQTH.com equipment and controller
QSL via M0OXO. Log will be uploaded to Club Log.
Donations is very much appreciated to paypal firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone donating upfront will receive direct QSL and express LoTW!”