The Big D68C Comoros DXpedition Starts This Week

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    From the RSGB...

    Team members of the Five Star DXers Association will be meeting at Heathrow Airport this afternoon, the 4th of February, for their flight to the Comoro Islands, located off the east coast of Africa.

    The group arrives in the Comoros on Tuesday and plan to be on the air as D68C by Thursday, the 8th of February. Activity will be on all bands from 6 to 160 metres, and on all modes including SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 and 10-metres FM. At least six stations will be active around the clock, with more stations on air at times of peak propagation. Expect two signals on different modes on the same band at certain times. Large beam antennas will be used on all bands from 6 to 80 metres inclusive, with a 6-over-6 stack of Yagis on 6 metres, monoband Yagis on 10 to 30 metres, and 4-Square arrays of full-size quarter-wave verticals on 40 and 80 metres. On 160 metres, an 82-foot high vertical will be used.

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    With this array of equipment and antennas, it is hoped to work not only keen DXers, but also any station equipped for HF operation that wishes to give D68C a call. Calls are particularly welcomed from new licensees, Novices, QRP stations and those using simple wire antennas. Activity will continue for nearly three weeks, until the 28th of February, and it is suggested that it will become much easier to make a contact with D68C after the initial pile-ups have died down. An article entitled 'Working D68C - a "How To" Guide' appears in the February issue of RadCom and this gives a number of tips on how to make contact with this and other DX stations. There is also more information on the group's web site.
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