NEWS UPDATE by Simon XZ2A – Just now, the first ever (and totally unscheduled) SSTV QSO from Myanmar took place, when I was in contact with Miya, callsign JR1ENT who is in Tokyo.
This QSO took place on the 15 metre band SSTV frequency of 21340 KHz, since I am not permitted to operate on the popular 20 metre band SSTV frequency of 14230 KHz.
The QSO was unscheduled. I sent my SSTV CQ signal, and was about to announce this on the Facebook SSTV forum group when I was pleasantly surprised to receive Miya’s strong SSTV signal. A total of 4 pictures were exchanged to complete the QSO.
I provide one of the images from JR1ENT, which includes an inset of the picture that I sent – of the famous golden pagoda (Shwe Dagon Pagoda) in Yangon.
If there are any SSTV enthusiasts, please look for my signal on 21340 KHz 🙂
APRIL 23, 2018 – Here’s a photo to show exactly what the generous donations from radio amateurs all over the world have made possible. I’m not spending this money on beer and loose women! The donations to date have allowed me to purchase story-book and English vocabulary picture book sets for 20 orphanages, monastic and ‘needy’ primary schools in Chin and Kachin States, in north Myanmar. I’ll add alphabet letter practice exercise books, dictionaries and English vocabulary posters to these sets, box them up and send them off shortly to the schools. Thanks again to everyone who made a donation, however small. 73 Simon XZ2A.
APRIL 20 – Simon XZ2A updates DX-World readers:
As previously mentioned, I moved yesterday to a new hotel QTH in Naypyitaw. I have installed a 5/8 wave vertical for 15 metres (which is where most of my operating takes place. The antenna uses an MFJ telescopic fibre-glass mast with the vertical wire running inside the tubing. There’s a series inductance coil at the base to match to 50 ohms and currently 16 ground radials (I’ll probably install more because the soil is rather sandy). The water bottles are to weight the mast and base down.
First impressions after a couple of hours in operation is that the performance is certainly improved over my previous QTH. I am getting good propagation into OC, Hawaii and western SA around 0600 local, and Asia throughout the day. Europe and east coast SA and AF has best propagation in the late afternoon and evening.
With this new antenna, I’ll check VOACAP predictions for propagation to NA (west and east coasts).
As you can see from the JTDX screengrab, it seems to work OK for Japan…. 🙂
APRIL 2 – Simon, XZ2A has now received his LoTW certificate and it’s loaded into the system. He now awaits for ARRL DXCC approval for his callsign.
A few days ago, while in Bangkok, Simon met Champ E21EIC.
MARCH 24 – Pictures below show Simon collecting his XZ2A license from the government Ministry in Naypyitaw. The lady on his right is the Director of the Spectrum Planning department.
Simon mentions he is now on air using a temporary antenna at his current QTH. In a few weeks, he’ll move to a better QTH in Naypyitaw.
MARCH 21 — XZ2A is the first resident amateur radio station in Myanmar since 1962. The station is operated by Simon, HS0ZIB and much more info can be found here