Réunion - March 2020


Our next DXpedition will take place from Réunion between March 4th and 16th, 2020. We will be active with three stations from 160 m through 10 m on CW, SSB and digital modes. After the recent permission of the 5 MHz band in France and the French territories, the team will also activate 60m. Please check our News Page during the DXpedition.


Our equipment consists of a Elecraft K2, two Icom IC7300, three power amplifiers, bandpass filters, a vertical for 160 and 80 m, a 40 m loop, a 30 m loop, a Spiderbeam for 20 m through 10m, loop antennas for 20/15/10 m and a beverage.

Other information

CQ Zone 39 - ITU Zone 53 - IOTA AF-016 - Grid locator LG79RC


Our experienced crew includes:

Pilot for this DXpedition is Bernd, DF3CB. Please follow the DX Code of Conduct!

QSL Information

The QSL route is via DL7DF either direct to:

Sigi Presch, DL7DF
Wilhelmsmuehlenweg 123
12621 Berlin

or via the German QSL bureau DARC to DL7DF.

If you prefer a direct QSL please send a SASE or SAE with 1 new IRC or 2 US$ for a international letter. When sending IRCs please check the expiration date, the new ones are valid until the end of 2021. Any donations are very welcome and needed for the high shipping costs.

If you do not provide the right return postage or a self addressed envelope, we reply via the buro. Please only one call sign per envelope! If more than one, all additional cards go via the buro.

Postage needed for 1 envelope with 20 Gramm (FYI): A letter within DL = 80 Euro Cent, a international letter costs 1.10 Euro. 1 US$ is equal to 83 Euro Cent. So please keep in mind that 1 US$ - due to the bad exchange rate between the US$ and the Euro - does not cover the postage needed for an international air mail letter!

We will upload the full logs of the DXpedition to LoTW within 6 months after the DXpedition.


We would like to express our sincere thanks to all our sponsors for this DXpedition:
Rudi - DM2XO (ex DL7VFR) Sid - DM2AYO

Individual sponsors

Bernd - DF3CB
Jan - DJ8NK
Clif - K1CP
Peter – DK2NG
Reiner - DL7KL
Martin - DL9CK
Dana - K6NR
Walter - N2WM
Chris - DL5NAM
Mitch - KH6M
Franz - DL9GFB
Volker - DJ8QP
Laci - HA5MA
Tom - DJ6TF
Jürgen - DF3OL

About Réunion

Country name: La Réunion (overseas department and region of the French Republic)
Administrative capital: Saint-Denis
Location: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar
Area: total: 2,511 sq km
Climate: tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry (May to November), hot and rainy (November to April)
Terrain: mostly rugged and mountainous; fertile lowlands along coast
Natural resources: potential geothermal power, gold, clay, granite, limestone, marble, salt, diatomite, gypsum, pumice, petroleum
Population: 866,506
Ethnic groups: people of African, Indian, European, Malagasy and Chinese origin
Religions: Christians (86.9%), Hindus (6.7%) and Muslims (3.2%)
Languages: French (official), Réunion Creole (not official)

Réunion is an overseas department and region of the French Republic and an island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and 175 km southwest of Mauritius. The island has been inhabited since the 16th century, when people from France and Madagascar settled there. Slavery was abolished on 20 December 1848, when the French Second Republic abolished slavery in the French colonies. However, later on indentured workers were brought to Réunion from South India, among other places. The island became an overseas department of France in 1946. As in France, the official language is French. In addition, the majority of the region's population speaks Réunion Creole. Administratively, Réunion is one of the overseas departments of France. Like the other four overseas departments, it is also one of the 18 regions of France, with the modified status of overseas region, and an integral part of the republic with the same status as Metropolitan France. Réunion is an outermost region of the European Union and, as an overseas department of France, part of the eurozone.

Reference: CIA - The World Factbook -- Réunion