7Q Malawi

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7Q Malawi

Indlæg af oz7c » tors okt 15, 2020 18:50

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7Q – Malawi
Member of the Russian Robinson Club “planned to visit three exotic African countries on October-November,
2020 but just only Malawi borders are open for foreigners”. The team including RA1ZZ, R7AL and RZ3K are planning to operate as 7Q7RU near Embangweni.
They are set to depart Moscow on November 6th and be QRV from November 7-18.
Equipment includes two K3’s, an IC-7000 and K2.
Three of the four stations will have KW amplifiers.
Activity will be on 160 through 10 meters on CW, SSB, FT8 (Fox and Hound).

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Re: 7Q Malawi

Indlæg af oz7c » fre okt 30, 2020 23:19

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NEWS UPDATE by Vasily, R7AL.

It’s only a few days left before our departure and we are announcing the “7Q7RU Band-Slot Challenge“. The purpose of this competition is working 7Q7RU on as many different bands and modes as possible. TOP TEN stations will win a special plaque (see image) sponsored by team members and shipped from Russia worldwide. Good luck to all and see you soon on the air!

PS: The other good news is that we’ll work also on 144/432 Mhz SAT. More info on our website.

https://dxpedition.wixsite.com/7q7ru

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Re: 7Q Malawi

Indlæg af oz7c » lør nov 07, 2020 17:04

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NEWS UPDATE by 7Q7RU team:


Plans had to be adjusted. To clarify the situation: we are stuck in Kenya for several more days; faced at the penultimate stage with unforeseen circumstances.

The bottom line is that in Kenya customs demanded Malawian visas from us. They demanded absolutely justifiably, since Russia is not on the official list of countries entitled to apply for a visa upon arrival. But, official requirements and actual ones often differ. And in this case, it was theoretically possible to get a visa in advance, but in fact it was not realistic. This was confirmed by both K6ZO (7Q6M), who is now in position, and resident Junior, 7Q7JN, and at the customs office, where we called and consulted about this.

We consciously accepted the decision to fly without a visa, and in fact, we had no other options. The vigilant customs officer, even at Vnukovo airport, at the first stage, also had to prevent us from flying, but we fortunately, or unfortunately, managed to convince him by presenting various papers with seals. It was tougher at customs in Istanbul. They too did not want to let us on the flight for a long time, but nevertheless they let us in after persuasion.

After receiving Kenyan visas, which took 4 hours, we managed to visit the Malawi Embassy today. Alas, according to the results of the visit, the verdict: today the only 100% chance to get to Malawi is to issue an electronic visa. Applications have been submitted once again, everyone is waiting for the result on Monday.

In addition to large unforeseen significant financial costs, there is a large deficit in tickets. The next flight we get on will be in a week, but that doesn’t suit us. We are monitoring the situation, looking for options.

Tomorrow we’ll try to get to know the locals and go on the air, if we’re lucky. Things did not go according to plan a little, but we are in control of the situation. There are also positive aspects – we got to know Nairobi.

info DXworld

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Re: 7Q Malawi

Indlæg af oz7c » man nov 09, 2020 3:22

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NEWS UPDATE – The team now have visas. However, there’s basically no air tickets to Malawi. None at all. Land borders are closed. The next flight will be on Friday 13th. Four return tickets were purchased. However, a fifth ticket was purchased for one team member for tomorrow evening, November 9th. The ticket is expensive with a difficult route through Tanzania, leaving the transit zone and claiming luggage. So, all going well, 7Q7RU could be on the air perhaps as early as November 10th.

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Re: 7Q Malawi

Indlæg af oz7c » tirs nov 10, 2020 18:46

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NOVEMBER 10 @ 11:00z. RA1ZZ arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi. Others will follow in a few hours via different flight. First signals from 7Q7RU expected later today. Vasily was met at airport by Junior, 7Q7JN.
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Re: 7Q Malawi

Indlæg af oz7c » ons nov 11, 2020 1:28

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7Q7RU er nu rapt. QRV

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Re: 7Q Malawi

Indlæg af oz7c » tors nov 19, 2020 17:08

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19 Nov:
UPDATE – Vasily, R7AL reports that it was a good night on 160 – about 400 QSOs and half of them with NA. So far, there is only one beverage for Europe and therefore working Asia is more difficult. They will try today for Asia, although the terrain is very difficult in that direction. In addition, there’s big demand for 40 & 160m so their focus for low bands will be there, with 80m probably running FT8 mainly.

73 Boye

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