E4/OM2DX

NEWS: 1.2.2008

ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, reports that the 2007 E4/OM2DX DXpedition to Palestine has been approved for DXCC credit. “If you had cards rejected for this operation, please send an e-mail to the ARRL DXCC Desk and you will be placed on the list for update,” Moore said.

NEWS: 22.1.2008

QSL Cards received from printer and has being mailed out.

When we landed in Vienna Schwechat airport we were welcomed by a group of OE hams – Gun OE3GCU, Werner OE1DWC and Guenter OE1GQA. We were very surprised and it was really nice of you guys.

OE1GQA, OM3JW, OM5RW, OM3PC, OE3GCU
OM2DX

OE1GQA,OM3JW,OM5RW,OM2DX,OE1DWC,OE3GCU

Antennas and PAs

NEWS: 23.12.2007 18:30

I would like to write a few words about the expedition. As a group of 4 operators we did the best we could. Making almost 30.000 QSOs in 7 days is a pretty nice accomplishment. Especially when you consider the fact that an enormous number of contacts were made on CW. We were trying to give E4 to as many stations as possible and we are sorry that the conditions weren’t good enough to work more West Coast and North West of NA. Why we didnt work more SSB? The answer is easy. Doors to Palestine are pretty much opened for anybody and we are sure that every other expedition will spend much more time on SSB than on CW. There are also some local licensed operators but once they will come on air it will be again SSB only. We closely watched the reactions on the internet, such as: listen for asia, 12m is opened, qsy to 10m, please RTTY on 80m and so on. You can be sure that we checked the conditions on 12m and 10m and even though the band seemed to be opne in some parts of the World it was not opened for us. There was a 3rd radio watching the propagation very closely. We tried listen for DX stations as much as possible. CQing on 30, 40, 80, 160, LP/SP with the rate of 30 QSOs per hour and with great patience, trying to get every single station with weak signal into the log instead of running pile up on some other band for close stations. The effort and enthusiasm of the operators were just great. Thanks to the sponsors for the donations and support, it helped us a lot. Next we would like to thank you all for the contatcs and last but not least I would like to thank the E4 team, Steve OM3JW, Rudy OM3PC and Miro OM5RW for the terrific job they have done, for the professional operation, for the energy they had to built the “QTH”, for the hours they have spent behind the radio with sometimes just 4 hours of sleep a day and for the people who i had the pleasure of spending the wonderful 9 days in Palestine. Thank you guys!

And where do we go next? …… surprise 🙂

Final statistics:

SSB CW RTTY ALL
160
39
2050
2089
80
4866
4866
40
493
6775
7268
30
3033
3033
20
3151
2220
1048
6419
17
2298
1365
3661
15
672
1385
2057
12
55
55
10
ALL
6 653
21 749
1 048
29 450

 

E4/OM2DX final log update
Check your QSO in log search

NEWS: 22.12.2007 07:00

E4/OM2DX QRT … thank you guys for all the contacts. We logged 29.450 QSOs. Full log update will be avaliable once we come home.

QSL cards will be printed as soon as possible. QSL manager is OM3JW. Please keep in mind that if you send QSL direct, one dollar bank note is not sufficient for return postage.

NEWS: 18.12.2007 13:37

Here are some photos (click to enlarge):

NEWS: 16.12.2007 18:03

Log from E4/OM2DX now available, (QSOs till 16. Dec, 16:00 UTC) in log search

NEWS: 14.12.2007 08:32

We checked-in almost 200kg of luggage at Vienna Schwechat airport and waiting for the flight. If everything will go well we expect to be on the air this evening on 40 and 80 meters. All the other antennas will be up next day.

After almost one year of hard working with Palestinian authorities a callsign E4/OM2DX was issued. As a country which wasnt activated for almost 8 years and which is on 26th place on the ARRL Most Wanted List we didn’t hesitate and made immidiate steps to active this call as soon as possible. After Slovak hamfest which was held on the third weekend in November the team got complete. We decided to go in group of 4 operators. Mike OM2DX, Steve OM3JW, Rudy OM3PC and Miro OM5RW. All four top CW operators and contestmans with plenty of experiences from the past. The operation is planned on 14.-22.12.2007 and we will be active on all bands from 160m – 10m CW,SSB and RTTY with two stations. QSL manager will be OM3JW. More informations comming soon.