UPDATE — On May 24 the E31A team will be guests and join the 26 Anniversary of the state of Eritrea (National Day) celebration. They will QRT station around 1000z – 1300z (4 hrs) after that they will continue QRV until May 29, 2017 at 1200z. They have made 20K QSOs so far.

MAY 22 – The E31A team have now made over 15K QSOs.

MAY 20 – New pics credit E21EIC.

MAY 19 – Pictures courtesy E21EIC.

MAY 18 @ 16:00z – Team arrived Asmara, Eritrea and now assembling antennas. QRV soon. (credit E21EIC for images)

MAY 6, 2017 — E39DI postponed — Our E3 DXpedition Team will go to Dahlak Archipelago as planned, but the stay there will be shortened due to a strong suggestion by the Eritrean Government. Hence, very unfortunately, we may not have sufficient time to operate from there this time. Instead we will do research on how we can operate next time, most probably in the fall of this year, studying the terrain, facilities available, accessibility and so on. We also hope the condition will become better in the autumn. So your understanding will be highly appreciated.
Please note E31A operation will be conducted from Asmara as scheduled.”

I hope you will not be disappointed. As you know, Eritrea is a difficult country. So I have decided to follow the suggestion (like an order) of the government, so that I can have a better chance next time (in the fall with better condition). Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation.

APRIL 28, 2017 — E31A & E39DI (IOTA AF-038)

To be conducted by Zorro JH1AJT and his team in Asmara/State of Eritrea from May 19 through 29, 2017.

Team : JH1AJT Zorro, DJ9ZB Franz, E21EIC Champ, RA9USU Dima

Operation : 160m – 10m CW, SSB, RTTY

QSL : JH1AJT

Zorro Y. MIYAZAWA
P.O. Box 8 Oiso
Naka kanagawa 259-0111
Japan

OQRS will be available at ClubLog after his return to Japan.

The E3 is well known as one of the most rare countries. The entity still remains not open to Hams and DXers of the world. Zorro’s operation is regarded as an exception. His permission is officially granted by the authorities of the Eritrean Government in charge, but it is not given to the person simply working for the amateur radio only. Looking at the background more closely, we see that Zorro has implemented lots of humanitarian aids purely for the sake of the country and its residents which have nothing to do with the amateur radio and that they are highly evaluated and appreciated by the authorities.