8R7X - DX news and calendar
DX news and calendar: 8R7X
February 26, 2024
Callsign(s) 8R7X   
Start-end dates February 14, 2024 - February 25, 2024
Utilities Tracking & stats          Recent spots          DX Atlas          Propagation calculator 
DXCC   8R - Guyana     
CQ zone 9
WEB page http://www.8R-2024.com
Planned modes CW, SSB, Digital
Planned bands 160 m, 80 m, 40 m, 30 m, 20 m, 17 m, 15 m, 12 m, 10 m, 6 m
Source DX-World           Tags: Expedition, DXCC
Log search M0OXO OQRS


Update February 25, 2024: The 8R7X Team are now QRT from their DXpedition in Georgetown, Guyana. The full and final log has been uploaded to Clublog & M0OXO OQRS. 

Update February 24, 2024: Most of the antennas are down and packed again. Specific antennas for 160 - 6m are still up and running.

The team was able to reschedule transportation for their departure, so they can spend more time on the air.

New QRT time is set to upcoming Sunday, 25th Feb, +/- 0600 UTC.

Update February 22, 2024: More than 62,000 QSO in the log.

Update February 19, 2024: 45,000 QSO in the log and they continue being QRV.

Update February 16, 2024: 8R7X team report that the power could be restored at their QTH and are again back on mains supply. Note, they are currently preparing for  the ARRL CW contest this weekend. They’ll enter as M/2 category – these QSOs will be uploaded only after the weekend. The remaining stations will continue working on other bands and modes.

Update February 16, 2024: Still dealing with a local power outage.

At this stage we are unsure when the power will be restored and with limited fuel on site for the generator we will be QRT until around 03:30z where we will run low bands.

Update February 14, 2024: We have just finished our 160m inverted L antenna. Receiving antennas will be added tomorrow after our sunrise. Thus, please bare with us in the first night.

In response to the overwhelming support from the DX community, 8R7X are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE direct QSL cards to everyone who has donated 20 EUR or more prior to them being on air.

Only those making donations before 14th February 2024 will be eligible for free direct cards via our QSL Manager M0OXO. All others must use the usual OQRS function.
8R7X Team.

Update February 13, 2024: They are already QRV.

Update February 11, 2024: Some members of the team are in their flight from Munich to Miami.

Update January 28, 2024: In response to the overwhelming support from the DX community, 8R7X are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE direct QSL cards to everyone who has donated 20 EUR or more prior to them being on air.

Only those making donations before 14th February 2024 will be eligible for free direct cards via our QSL Manager M0OXO. All others must use the usual OQRS function.
8R7X Team.

Update January 20, 2024: The 8R – Guyana 2024 project is thrilled to announce a major achievement as the Guyanese Telecommunications Authority assigns them the special callsign 8R7X for the duration of their activity. After originally given a longer callsign, this is a big step for the project to smooth the operating process.

Furthermore, it can be said that all necessary paperwork has been finalized to ensure smooth travels and operations for the whole team.

Right now, the team is busy testing final pieces of their equipment. The antennas, a crucial part of the project, are already packed and ready to go.

The team will gather in Miami, Florida – USA, on February 12th, 2024, before flying to Georgetown, Guyana. On the day after, they plan to set up their equipment in this beautiful South American location.

Starting from February 14th and running until February 24th, the 8R – Guyana 2024 team will be on the air. They’ll be operating on various frequencies and modes covering 160m – 6m (no license for 5.3 MHz), connecting with DXer’s around the world.

Update August 22, 2023: Team members DJ4MX and DK6SP met at the QTH of supporter DG8MG in the Bavarian countryside with many dedicated helpers to conduct the first antenna work and preparations for the 8R – Guyana 2024 project last weekend (August 18-20).

Since the project team received some needed parts from the valued sponsors over the past weeks, the equipment had to be prepared and tested. At summer temperatures beyond 30°C and bright sunshine the following tasks were ambitiously accomplished.

  • Test of various highband antennas, e.g., 6-band Hexbeam and 3-band Spiderbeam
  • First setup of the 10m aluminum masts + 12m and 22m Spiderpoles
  • Fabrication of all related Mastrant guy ropes
  • Fabrication of Messi & Paoloni antenna feed lines and jumper coax cables
  • Measurement of all coax cables
  • Proof of concept for the 80/160m vertical antenna
  • And many more things

Many thanks to the hardworking helpers on site: DB1MUC, DF4MAA, DG8MG, DJ2UR, DJ5MN, DL3ON, DN3TMP, DN5TD

We want to thank DG8MG and DJ2UR for their kind hospitality and catering throughout this long weekend.

This first testing weekend would not have been possible without all of this active support, many thanks to all involved. Enclosed are a few photos of the preparation weekend.

Jamie M0SDV and Philipp DK6SP will lead a team of young and enthusiastic operators on an exciting 10-day DXpedition in Guyana 8R (Callsign TBD). The team will consist of four members, including their close friends Sven DJ4MX and Tomi HA8RT, who share their passion for amateur radio and DXing. The DXpedition will take place between 14th February 2024 and 24th February 2024, during which the team will cover a wide range of bands from 160m to 6m, including WARC bands. However, they will not be operating on 60m due to licensing restrictions.

To ensure an effective operation, the team will be using a variety of wire antennas and high power to transmit signals in CW, SSB, FT8, and RTTY modes. This will allow them to reach
as many stations as possible and make the most of their time in Guyana.

For QSL management, the team has enlisted the services of Charles Wilmott M0OXO, who will handle all QSL requests through his OQRS system. Upon working the team, operators can expect to receive an LOTW confirmation immediately after the DXpedition has concluded, or even throughout the course of the Dxpedition depending on internet access. The team is dedicated to providing seamless QSL experience and will make every effort to ensure that all contacts are confirmed in a timely manner.

The team is overwhelmed with gratitude for their sponsors, whose unwavering support has made this DXpedition possible. The team recognizes that without the generosity and backing of these sponsors, this adventure would not have been possible. The sponsors have provided crucial resources, including financial support, technical assistance, and equipment, which have enabled the team to embark on this exciting journey. All sponsors will be listed on our website WWW.8R-2024.com once we make it live.

To keep their supporters updated on their progress, the team will be regularly posting updates on their social media platforms. They encourage followers to engage with them and share their experience through these channels. Additionally, a dedicated DXpedition website, containing comprehensive information about the team’s mission, equipment, and operating schedule, will be released soon. This website will act as a hub for all updates and news related to the DXpedition, and the team is excited to share their journey with the world through this platform.

The team believes that communication and transparency are essential to the success of any DXpedition, and they are committed to keeping their supporters informed throughout the duration of the mission. They hope that by sharing their experience, they can inspire others to pursue their passion for amateur radio and DXing and foster a sense of community within the hobby.

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