NEWS UPDATE – Kenneth LA7GIA informs DX-World that he will be active from N’Djamena, Chad during October 9-21, 2018. Full info on his website

AUGUST 14 – Kenneth updates:

The QTH is secured, the first hotel disapproved my antenna farm, but the second one thought it was ok. Wow, fantastic take off!! VOACAP promises excellent propagation to NA, even west coast. I will also avoid the static season. I finished tuning my 80m toploaded vertical and also considering to expand my wire dipole on 40+30m to a 2 el wire beam.

We patiently await on the DXCC entity Kenneth next visits.

JUNE 21, 2018 — Kenneth, LA7GIA has announced the following on his webpage:

My next trip in a few months will be for 12 days operating – it’s already booked. I am in the planning process, selecting QTH, getting VISA and so on. More info later.

Previously, Kenneth has been as active as 7Q7GIA, D67GIA, 3C7A, TL8AO, TN5E, 6O6O.

15 COMMENTS

  1. How about putting Turkmenistan on your schedule? It’s not that far away, nobody ever goes there, they only have three licensed hams and I have never ever heard any of them. It’s number 25 on the most wanted list.

    B.T.W. Thanks for the Comoros.

  2. I thought that Turkmenistan didn’t allow amateur radio nowadays, and that the 3 hams were previously licenced years ago, and continue to operate, but without the specific approval of the government?

    Apologies if my understanding is incorrect.

  3. I recall that all amateur radio operation is prohibited since August 2006. Have them heard/worked/confirmed but twice, 1978 and 1990. The 1978 QSL once again rubs it in that I’m an old fart.

  4. I think in Africa ora around there, better place for propagation worldwide during sunspot minimum.

    In EZ hamradio activity is not allowed since 2007… I think only russian can do something…somewhere.

  5. My suggestion would be YK Syria. YK land has not been on air for over 10 years and has climbed up the wanted list. Things have stabilised now in many parts of the country and possibly the YK government would be keen to do some flag waving via ham radio. I think it is likely the Russian guys would have the best shot at this one but may be Kenneth also has the skills to get this one done.

    I am also surprised that another shot has not been made to BS7H – again I understand that the Chinese government are happy to do some flag waving from this entity but I guess the cost of suitable transport is prohibitive.

    Cheers
    Paul – vk4ma

  6. Forgive me for being cynical but if an entity like Turkmenistan or North Korea is for all practical purposes “unworkable” then why keep it on the DXCC list? If future conditions change and they become “workable” then put them back on. Can someone from ARRL explain how I can get to top of the honor roll if two or more entities cannot be worked? I only have one lifetime to get this done.

  7. I agree with Paul VK4MA, I have Syria but once, OE6DK/YK Austrian Batt UNDOF on the Golan, year 1976. Been looking and hoping for a surprise ever since but no.

  8. Tom, if there’s life after death there may be amateur radio too. You won’t be able to update your LoTW counters but at least you’ll then know that you’ve made it. If the LoTW counters would be reset to zero however I’d say SOD IT!

  9. 1. Yeah, ham radio is outlawed in Turkmenistan for a while now. So glad I have it confirmed from the Soviet era.
    2. If you’re going to scrap entities that are “not workable” right now, then why not make it nice and easy and just scrap the top 10 on the most-wanted list every year? I remember when ZA had been off the air for 30+ years .. EVERYONE needed it. And then things changed, and now it’s not even rare.

    Someday, I hope to hear something like the following exchange:

    “So, work any good DX lately?”
    “nah, just a bunch of P5s…”

    Don’t laugh – it actually happened with ZA.

  10. I think that whatever your activation is fantastic.

    Have good luck and take care of your life.

    regards

    73 Edmundo CE2VQF

  11. Last YK operation was 2009 ! Several UN polish soldiers where operating from Golan Syrian side 35-40 years ago !It wasnt rare at all..Turkmenistan was easy in late 70’s early 80’s .Last valid qso here was 1990. EZ7V been declared non-aurhorized by ARRL-2013! If i could suggest CE0Y/Salas-y Gomez (iota Sa-083) Easter Island archipelago. Just a suggestion …

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