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    Video announcement 6O6O Somalia DX Pedition.




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    #2
    6O6O News
    Not all luggage arrived. We hope to put up some RX antennas tomorrow. High noise on 40 and 20m.



    6O6O Somalia KO8SCA LA7GIA





    6O6O Somalia View Direction to JA


    6O6O Sunset Somalia

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      #3
      The 160m antenna, the beam and the BigIr will arrive tonight with truck, as they did not fit the aircraft.
      We're still running on the backup antennas until then.
      We plan install a RX antenna for EU/NA today.
      Yesterday we had S9+ noise on 40m.
      After 20 utc even 20m and 30m were noise free.
      We also have online clublog, so please no dupes.
      73 Al 4L5A

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        #4
        6O6O News
        Ken, LA7GIA inform dxnews.com that they install antennas for 160m today and tmw they will finish beverage antennas and will QRV tmw on 160m.
        You can see noise level on 40m at 6O6O.


        6O6O Somalia Noise level on 40m

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          #5
          6O6O News 4 January 2018 21.10 GMT
          Ken, LA7GIA is inform dxnews.com that probably they will be not on 160 and 80m tmw because their main goal now is to reduce noise level to improve RX.
          They hope with beverages they will be able to do it and as soon as they will fix it they will appear on Low Bands.
          73 Al 4L5A

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            #6
            6O6O News from Kenneth, LA7GIA
            We found the noise source. Its a soccer stadium 300m from hotel. When lights were switched off at 20 utc noise dropped from S5 on 20 and 30m to S0 and from S9++ to S5 on 40m. Tonight at 10 pm we got all our bags delivered by truck. We install a proper beverage tomorrow. Tomorrow we also setup the beam for 20-10 and hence 12+10m antenna.
            73 Al 4L5A

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              #7
              6O6O News Photos



              6O6O Somalia Yagi Antenna






              6O6O Somalian Another View



              6O6O Somalia Yagi on the top of the hotel

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                #8
                We've had some issues with the hotel abt our installation. 80m full size vertical is installed today. Beverage is also installed. The 20-10m beam is running. We also have the BigIR installed. We will try 80m later. No 160m yet. The soccer stadium switch on the lights at our SS 15UTC and switch them off at abt 20 UTC. After 20 UTC we will be on low bands.


                6O6O Somalia RX antenna



                6O6O Somalia Vertical antenna

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                  #9
                  6O6O News 7 January 2018

                  6O6O shack - with a very "comfortable" seating.
                  Tonight we will be on 30+40m and maybe 20m to NA , QRV depend on noise level.


                  6O6O Somalia Shack Seating

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                    #10
                    6O6O News 8 January 2018
                    So we have several noise sources. One is the stadium light that is switched on and off when in use, and usually off at 20-21 UTC. In addition there is a local noise source that appear around Maghrib prayer time which is due just after sunset. This week that is 14:43 UTC. So LP on 40m to US west coast is difficult. Neither is it possible for us to operate on any band at this time due to high noise level. That means we can not be on 15 or 20m to US at our evening time, nor low bands to EU or VK/n the evening. We start TX as soon as noise disappear.

                    Another thing is the high level event in the country wich has imposed restrictions on our ability to move around, and hence has prevented us from doing the final installation of our RX antenna system outside the hotel. For our own safety we have been advised to remain at our hotel. However, this event is soon over and we will most likely be allowed to continue our installation either tomorrow tuesday or wednesday. Doing this installation means having armed body guards around while installing the RX system. Hopefully will a proper RX antenna system reduce the noise level such that we can operate on low bands even during the evenings. We will know this after the event is over and we have installed the RX antenna. Our current RX antenna picks up too much noise.

                    A third thing is the propagation that is not in our favour. We don't see the expected openings to neither Asia nor NA, which again leads us to working EU while we expected to work Asia or NA.

                    As such there are several things that affect our operation which is out of our control, however we hope that this can be resolved the coming days such that we also can start operating on 80 and possibly 160 meter.

                    We will discuss our ideas tomorrow with the Ministry how to proceed, so our plan is to have the 80m and a new RX antenna up and running tomorrow. Then 160m the following days.

                    6O6O Somalia News 8 January 2018

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                      #11
                      6O6O News 9 January 2018
                      Some news.
                      1. The KPA 500 W amp is unfortunately QRT. So one station will run barefoot
                      2. We have moved the RX antenna away from hotel, as well we discovered the previous RX antenna had been cut by someone, explaining the low gain... hope new one will remain intact.

                      6O6O Somalia Kenneth Opskar LA7GIA

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                        #12
                        6O6O Daily news:
                        1. We did the first ever FT8 qso from Somalia today (Adrian). Congratz!
                        2. KPA is still dead
                        3. We did some 80m transmission last night. Our BOG did not work properly on that band so we lsn on the vertical with S7 noise. We will extend the BOG today. It worked fine on 40m.
                        4. Tomorrow we will appear on Hamnation Live show https://twit.tv/shows/ham-nation at 0300 UTC
                        5. Latest new is that someone screw up our BOG during this morning. So more work.



                        6O6O Somalia Adrian KO8SCA



                        6O6O Somalia Team

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                          #13
                          Daily news;
                          1. BOG was once again removed by locals. We will put it back tonight shortly after sunset.
                          2. We will do 80,40,30 tonight as well try 20m to US at abt 20 UTC. West coast look for us at 14:30 UTC on 40m LP.
                          3. US look for us at 03 UTC on 40m tomorrow morning
                          4. Today we appeared at the Hamnation show #333. Our part start at 19:51 min


                          6O6O Sunrise Somalia

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                            #14
                            6O6O News 12 January 2018
                            1. Everyday the Ministry visit us to chat and see how things are going. They also have started to prepare our secure departure and make sure our luggage will be in the aircraft.
                            2. Adrian will do some RTTY this afternoon and we will try a SSB session everyday.
                            3. We will install an inv V for 80m. We will also most likely install a K9AY loop.
                            4. We will be 40m LP to west coast at 14:30 UTC. Also look for us on 20m to NA at abt 20 UTC
                            5. Todays lunch is fried Goat...

                            6O6O Somalia LA7GIA KO8SCA

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                              #15
                              6O6O News 13 January 2018
                              1. Now last three days. Big guns has left the QSO party. Its time for the QRP and 100W and wire guys. We will work you
                              2. Our BigIr had to be taken down due to slight damage because of the high winds during the night. We repaired it this morning.
                              3. We installed the K9AY loop which works great especially on 40m.
                              4. Look for us on 15/20m to US this evening as well 30+40m.
                              5. ALSO SSB soon today
                              Below a tired DXer...

                              6O6O Somalia Tired DXer

                              73 Al 4L5A

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                                #16
                                6O6O News 15 January 2018
                                Good morning from Somalia. Final day. We will operate as normal until 15UTC when we start disassembling the antennas. After noise disappear abt 20 UTC we will continue for some hours on wire antennas for 40+30m during the night. Our flight is due early tommorrow morning local time.

                                Despite not being able to operate in prime time between 15-20 UTC , more than 100 operating hours in total, we are close to 17.000 QSOs which already are on clublog and LoTW.

                                Don't forget our fundraiser, any donation are appreciated
                                73 Al 4L5A

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                                  OH6VDA commented
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                                  I know it's been a challenging effort logistically, but nevertheless I'm very disappointed that you have not given any priority to SSB, which have had good propagation to Northern Europe several times. (E.g. Eritrea today was easyly worked). 101 qsos on 20 m SSB says it all. 73 de OH6VDA
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                                #17
                                6O6O Somalia. Sunset and lights.40+30m dipole.

                                6O6O Somalia Sunset and lights.40+30m dipole.

                                73 Al 4L5A

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                                  #18
                                  6O6O News 16 January 2018.
                                  We landed safely in Dubai this evening before our final leg back home.
                                  What an experience to visit Garowe, Puntland State of Somalia!

                                  We had a fantastic vacation to an unusual destination. We did not see any other tourists..

                                  Thanks to the Ministry in Puntland (photo) for inviting us and staying with us in Garowe during our visit. They sorted out the license, visa, security, transport and all negotiations. Without their support it would simply not be possible to do this trip. More info in an upcoming QST article.

                                  We will check the busted calls soon, and post an updated log on clublog.

                                  After that, please send future log requests to QSL manager Charles M0OXO.




                                  6O6O Grand Hotel, Garowe, Puntland, Somalia. KO8SCA, Minister, LA7GIA





                                  6O6O Garowe, Puntland State. Airport runway.

                                  73 Al 4L5A

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