NEWS UPDATE — E31A is now QRT. The team made 37,388 QSOs.
ALL pictures courtesy E21EIC
NOTE: On May 26 from 10:50 to 11:20z there was a pirate operation on 6m FT8.
MAY 23, 2019 – E31A The FGC Radio Team will be active from The State of Eritrea between 25 May to 3 Jun 2019.
Zorro JH1AJT, CEO of SEISA and FGC (Foundation for Global Children) and the team will be visit Eritrea to participate in the Eritrean Independence Ceremony.
Main purpose of this trip is to support the Eritrea National Olympic Committee (E.N.O.C)
SEISA’s group will “coordinate pre-games training camp” for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and select students for a scholarship program at the SEISA Kokusai Junior High School and University.
Operators: Zorro JH1AJT, Franz DJ9ZB, David WD5COV, Johannes PA5X, Dima RA9USU, Sergey RZ9UN and Champ E21EIC.
Band: 160m – 6m. Mode: CW, SSB and FT8 (F/H mode)
During this trip, Zorro JH1AJT will not operate due to his health. But still always supports the team. QSL to JH1AJT. OQRS will be available at Club Log after his return to Japan.
JANUARY 22, 2018 – E31A is now QRT, making 33K QSOs.
JANUARY 21 — This morning, Eritrea Ambassador who was the former Minister of Culture visited and operated at our station. E31A will be going QRT on 22 Jan 2018 at 1200 UTC.
We have one more night to go for Low Band. Dima RA9USU and Yan RZ3FW will do their best for 160M.
Zorro JH1AJT will continue on FT8 mode, Now he make more than 2,000 QSOs. Please understand Zorro, JH1AJT is the first time to operate on FT8 mode and he prefers ATNO.
JANUARY 19 — Zorro JH1AJT continues to QRV on FT8 mode with 50 watts output power after free time from his business and meeting with Eritrea govt departments. He learnt to operate on FT8 mode only 2 weeks ago. Now he has made more than 1200 QSOs. Please do not DUPE QSOs since we have a short time to operate. He prefers to QSO for ATNO for FT8 people and FT8 log will upload to Club Log after QRT. QSL via JH1AJT. [Tnx E21EIC]
JANUARY 12 — Zorro JH1AJT and the E31A Team will commemorate the upcoming operation in memory of Dave, K3LP
E31A The FGC Radio Team will active from Eritrea between 14-22 JAN 2018
Zorro JH1AJT will travel to Asmara, Eritrea with Franz DJ9ZB, Dima RA9USU, Yan RZ3FW and Champ E21EIC. They will be on CW, SSB and RTTY on 160m-6m. Main purpose of this trip is to support the Eritrea National Olympic Committee (E.N.O.C). SEISA’s group will “coordinate pre-game a training camp” for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and select students for a scholarship program at the SEISA Kokusai Junior High School and University. QSL to JH1AJT. OQRS will be available at Club Log after his return to Japan.
MAY 29, 2017 – E31A went QRT at 12:00z today. 36.5K QSOs. Log here
MAY 28 @ 14:00z – 24hrs to go. 33K QSOs in log.
MAY 27 – With 2 days remaining, the E31A team have made over 30K QSOs. Latest pics courtesy E21EIC.
MAY 24 — Today, 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
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.