Preparations Under Way for January DXpedition to Iran
Preparations continue on the part of the Rockall DX Group to make Iran -- #33
on ClubLog's DXCC Most Wanted List -- available through a DXpedition to Kish
Island (IOTA AS-166). Look for EP6T beginning on January 16. While the emphasis
will be on 160 meters, the DXpedition will operate on all bands, 160 through 10
meters. EP6T plans to remain active until January 26. Organizers say the theme
of the expedition will be "friendship and cultural tolerance."
"We hope to make a lot of people happy," team member Luc Kerkhofs, ON4IA, said.
A dedicated 160 meter station will be on the air starting at local sunrise and
sunset for the first two nights, in order to work as many Europeans as possible
and to check when signals peak to North America. The planned transmitting
antenna is a 26-meter (85.3 feet) vertical with 50 quarter-wave radials.
Kerkhofs said the operators will attempt to be fair in giving all continents a
crack at working Iran on 160. After that, the operators will concentrate on
listening for North American stations, although they concede that paths to
North America on Top Band will be dicey and of short duration.
Since word first spread of the planned DXpedition, many groups and individuals
have offered support, including the Northern California DX Foundation. The
organizers say that preparations are "progressing smoothly and according to
plan." M0URX will be the QSL manager. The EP6T log will be uploaded to Logbook
of The World (LoTW) once the DXpedition has concluded.
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