Update January 20, 2023: Our mission at ET3AA is over. We achieved main goal to help local ET3AA club to keep air activity. We shared our knowledge and passion to the Ham radio. We helped club members with our experience. We learn the beautiful World of Ethiopia culture and people! Time to say good bye to our friends!
Update January 19, 2023: Here we have student operators Negatu and Nahom operating the ET3AA station today under the watchful eye of photographer & tutor Bob W9XY. Both ops will work all night at the station providing contacts on 30M and maybe other bands if open.
Update January 18, 2023: Things have been going very well. We're closing in on 7000 QSO's. It should be noted this is very much a team effort between the three of us and the ET3AA club members who are also operating and spending time at the station. It's a real joy to be doing this together with our friends.
We've pretty much ruled out 80 and 160 meters because of the noise. It's going to require a better solution. We're making hay on the high bands and also having a lot of success on 30 meters including QSO's to the west coast of the US. Nodir made the first ever 60 meter QSO's from ET which was exciting. But the noise is a big issue on that band as well.
Tip of the hat to W3LPL for his alert of possible openings on 6 meters. We had a short, very focused opening to Europe yesterday. As mentioned, we'll keep the second radio going on 6 just in case.
I'm not sure that we will be on the next two nights. It's Epiphany tomorrow, a big holiday here. We need to allow our hosts some time with their families if they choose to do so. Our last day is Saturday. 73 Ken, K4ZW
Update January 17, 2023: Clublog updated. Last qso made in the morning today.
No luck with low band RX antennas. Noise is too strong and coming from different directions and sources. More likely no 160/80. Noise is very high on 60 too but we managed to make over 100 qso's.
Current operator shift reporting 6 m opening to Europe.
73 Nodir, EY8MM/ET3AA.
Update January 16, 2023: Nodir and I put up two RX antennas today, a BOG (Beverage On Ground) and a Hi-Z 4 element RX array.
W9XY will operate today. Nodir and I will head back to the hotel to grab some rest and then come back here tonight to operate.
It remains to be seen how effective the RX antennas will be. The noise here is bad and it gets worse at night as more devices come on.
We'll give it our best tonight on whatever bands work for us. Be patient folks.
73 Ken K4ZW/ ET3AA
Update January 14, 2023: First day at ET3AA. Antennas and station needs maintenance. Lots of maintenance. US team after long flight worked hard on station. Operated 12 m FT8 F/H. It is allowed us to work on station and give New Ones.
Noise is really bad. Low Bands might not be possible. I will work on this task tomorrow day and night. There are few very good DX Engineering RX devices. Lets hope for technology.
We will do operation as we recover station. Local team helps a lot and we are optimistic. Tomorrow are planning 30 m station on evening either CW or FT8. Daytime expect 17 and 12 m FT8 or CW.
60 m operation still under study. Stay tuned. EY8MM/ET3AA.
Update January 10, 2023: We will try 160m - 60m. Station has very high noise on low bands. Our goal is to find and eliminate source of RFI and do our best on 160 and 80. Operation on 60 m is not confirmed. We will need to confirm with licensing agency to make sure no negative impact on Ham radio in ET.
Ken K4ZW, Bob W9XY, Nodir EY8MM will be QRV as ET3AA from Ethiopia on January 14-21, 2023.
QSL via N2OO.