UPDATE – As it is still the end of the rainy season on the Equator in Africa, members of the gang at Z81X have been spared many potential problems. With only a few rain showers experienced, main outdoor activities were completed in record time, and no rain or mud is bothering further efforts. But even more important, mosquitos spreading malaria are few and far between. However, team members use mosquito nets — to keep out mosquitos during the night hours.
Agreement was reached on power, and night-time juice is now available with extra compensation agreed for the cost of fuel. Also, with some private space added, life is now so much better than at the outset.
Regarding the radio mission, initial low-band (160 and 80M) targets – 1500 and 2500 QSOs respectively – are exceeded with a total of 933 USA and 595 JA QSOs on those two bands, but every effort will be made to push the numbers even higher tonight before contest traffic takes over all bands on CW.
During the contest weekend, the team will have two dedicated stations with a focus on 80 and 40M SSB and the still much needed 30 and 17/12M. Keep an eye on those bands as the Z81X crew will keep running there DXpedition style.
The CQWW CW contest will see the team making three (3) single-band entries for your Zone 34 multiplier pleasure:
As these efforts are only semi-serious, you shouldn’t be surprised to see one of the Z8s appear on other bands as well.
There will be pictures available of this operation on the Z81X QRZ.com page later today.
Following the weekend, site teardown will start on Monday and the team will be heading home on Tuesday.
Best regards from the newest African country, the Republic of South Sudan.
Z81X via OH0XX.
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**Photos courtesy Z81X team