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Djibouti - March 2020

Operation

Our next DXpedition will take place from Djibouti between March 4th and 16th, 2020. We will be active with three stations from 160 m through 10 m on CW, SSB and Digi modes. Please check our News Page.

       

Our equipment consists of a transceiver Elecraft K2, three transceivers Icom IC7300, four 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, a bevarage as well as a few laptop computers.

Locator

Our grid locator is LK11PX.

Team

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
Germany

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.

Sponsors

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all our sponsors for this DXpedition:

www.funkamateur.de www.QSL-Shop.com
Rudi - DM2XO (ex DL7VFR) Sid - DM2AYO

Individual sponsors

Bernd - DF3CB
 

About Djibouti

Country name: Republic of Djibouti
National capital: Djibouti
Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, between Eritrea and Somalia.
Area: total: 23,200 sq km
land: 23,180 sq km
water: 20 sq km
Land boundaries: total: 528 km
Coastline: 314 km
Climate: desert; torrid, dry
Terrain: coastal plain and plateau separated by central mountains
Natural resources: potential geothermal power, gold, clay, granite, limestone, marble, salt, diatomite, gypsum, pumice, petroleum
Population: 884,017 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnic groups: Somali 60%, Afar 35%, other 5% (mostly Yemeni Arab, also French, Ethiopian, and Italian)
Religions: Sunni Muslim 94% (nearly all Djiboutians), Christian 6% (mainly foreign-born residents)
Languages: French (official), Arabic (official), Somali, Afar
Independence: 27 June 1977 (from France)

Djibouti is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at the east. In antiquity, the territory together with Somalia was part of the Land of Punt. Nearby Zeila, now in Somalia, was the seat of the medieval Adal and Ifat Sultanates. In the late 19th century, the colony of French Somaliland was established following treaties signed by the ruling Somali and Afar sultans with the French and its railroad to Dire Dawa (and later Addis Ababa) allowed it to quickly supersede Zeila as the port for southern Ethiopia and the Ogaden. It was subsequently renamed to the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas in 1967. A decade later, the Djiboutian people voted for independence. This officially marked the establishment of the Republic of Djibouti, named after its capital city. Djibouti joined the United Nations the same year, on 20 September 1977.

Reference: CIA - The World Factbook -- Djibouti