Monday, May 7, 2012

6O0CW Somalia on the air this week

Following the intense interest in Darko J28AA working from Somalia as 6O3A a while back, hams around the world will be delighted to hear that Somalia is back on the air this week with a dxpedition. Somalia is a country ravaged by famine, war and crime. Many places do not have any electricity or running water and often rubbish piles up in the open and sewage runs along the streets. Therefore it is a very rare one for amateur radio activity.

The activity starts on Monday 7th (today) for a week. This information comes from the OPDX bulletin: 6O, SOMALIA. A team of Italian operators will be active this week from from Galkayo, Somalia, as 6O0CW between May 7-18th. Operators mentioned are Silvano/I2YSB (6O0CW), Vinicio/IK2CIO (6O0IO), Angelo/IK2CKR (6O0KR), Marcello/IK2DIA (6O0IA), Stefano/IK2HKT (6O0KT) and Gino/IK2RZP (9O0ZP). Also mentioned are Software developer Giacomo/IH9GPI and Pilot station Art/IK7JWY. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.

Suggested frequencies are: CW - 1823, 3530, 7025, 10113, 14050, 18069, 21050, 24891 and 28050 kHz SSB - 3790, 7056/7125, 14270, 18130, 21275, 24980 and 28450 kHz RTTY - 7041, 10142, 14080, 18103, 21080, 24915 and 28080 kHz 6m - 50105/CW and 50105/SSB

So keep an ear out folks, and enjoy the pile-ups! Somalia is the 40th most wanted DXCC, according to DX Publishing. I am lucky to have worked Darko 6O3A on 17m and 12m CW but will look to fill out a few more slots this week.

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