Nepal - 9N7AN 160m-10m & 9N7WL 2m EME DXpedition March/April 2011
June 9, 2011: By June 5th, 2011, Georg - DL4SVA - mailed all Online QSL Requests and all direct QSL requests received so far.
If you did not receive your direct QSL by end of June 2011 please notify Georg by email (dl4sva(at)darc.de)
May 26, 2011: The 9N7AN and 9N7WL QSL cards are printed and we are currently mailing the direct and online QSL requests.
May 14, 2011: The complete 9N7AN and 9N7WL log was uploaded to the ARRL LOTW
April 17, 2011: Added photos and information about the EME activity on the "2m EME from Nepal" website.
April 7, 2010:
Today is the last day of our DXpedition. 9N7WL is QRT. There will
be some activity from 9N7AN with the Triple Leg antenna and low power.
Online log will be updated today.
April 6, 2010: Complete EME QSOs with W5UN, W7GJ, K6MYC, W7MEM, VK2KU, JH0MHE, DK5YA, PA1T and ON7UC.
Satish 9N1AA visited our station and made his first EME contacts under his callsign with DF7KF, DM1CG, OH7HXH and DD7KE.
April 5, 2010:
Complete EME QSOs - several power cuts, partly with power generator -
with I3EVK, YO3DDZ, HB9Q, I3MEK, HB9EFK, RA6A, RK3FG, DK2PH, F8DO,
RZ3BA/1, F6HVK, DK1CO, F6APE, PA5MS, DJ8MS, UT6UG, F1TE, DP5G, PA3FPQ,
UT5UAS,DM2BHG, K1JT, I3LDP, IR2ITA, OM3BC, F9HS.
April 4, 2011:
Complete EME QSOs with OH7PI (-26), DL2NUD (-22), SM5DIC (-28), F1AFJ
(-28), LZ1DP (-23), DK0KK (-23), ES6RQ (-23) and ES3RF (-30). Called CQ
for about 1 hour without takers (at least I did not see any...).
April 3, 2011:
Complete 2m EME QSOs with JM1WBB, F1DUZ, SV8CS, DL8YHR, SW8NAC, PA2CHR, 9H1PA,
DK3BU, PA1GYS, HA6NQ, DK3WG and power cut when we came back to DK2PH
(sorry - no QSO yet). 3 QSOs with power generator: SP2OFW (-26), DL8GP
(-26) and KB8RQ (-22) just before we lost moon (first Nepal - USA QSO
April 2, 2011:
Complete 2m EME QSOs with JE1TNL, SM7GVF, DD7KE, UA3PTW, RW3AC, DG8NCO,
JR3REX, I2FAK, DL9MS, SM5CFS, RU1AA, RX1AS, OK1UGA, F6FHP, EA6VQ,
PA3CMC, OH7HXH, DK3EE, I2FAK, I1ANP, DL7FF, OK1CU, DL1DWI.
QRT at 1015z due to power cut.
April 1, 2011: Complete 2m EME QSOs with DM1CG, PA0JMV, OZ1LPR, IK1UWL, PE1L, DK5LA, F6BKI, ES6RQ, EA2AGZ
March 31, 2011: First ever 2m EME QSOs from Nepal with DF7KF, I2RV and DF2ZC.
March 30, 2011: Licensing process and customs clearing took in total 2 days. All
equipment is now at the High View Resort and antenna installation was
completed today. In the late afternoon we started operating with 3
stations in parallel on 10m, 12m and 15m.
There are many power
outages and electricity is available only about 12 hours per day! We
are investigating the use of a power generator but this solution is
quite expensive. Propagation was excellent with a nice opening to the
US on 12m and 15m.
Also the 2m antenna is installed. VSWR of this EME antenna is ok and operation will start tomorrow.
The 9N7AN & 9N7WL Amateur Radio activity took place from the High View Resort at 1570 m asl in
Dhulikhel, which is located about 25 km from Kathmandu, the capital
city of Nepal, and 127 km west of the Mount Everest. Activity was on all Bands from 160 m to 10 m and on 2m as well. Modes were CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65b on 2m.
Maidenhead Locator NL27SP.
High View Resort, Dhulikhel
Mountain view from the 9N7AN shack at the High View Resort. These summits are between 6000 m and 7000 m asl.
The 9N7AN team (DK5WL, DK7AN, DL4SVA, DL9GFB) arrived in Dhulikel, Nepal, on March 26 and did stay there until April 8, 2011.
160m to 10m operation started on March 30th, 2m EME operation on
DK7AN arrived already in Nepal on March 16th to prepare the 9N7AN
activity. He was operating from the Park Village Hotel in Kathmandu since March 18th with a K3 and his Triple Leg antenna:
Ernst 9N7AN/DK7AN at the Park Village Hotel in Kathmandu
Georg DL4SVA relaxing at the High View Resort terrace after many hours of SSB operation...
Franz DL9GFB, Joe DK5WL and Ernst DK7AN at the High View Resort
Activity with the callsign 9N7AN on all bands from 160m to 10m in CW, SSB and RTTY.
Focus will be given to the low bands and to RTTY since
there was no appropriate activity for a few years.
path to North America is very difficult because it goes through
the polar zone. Openings will be short and signals weak, We are also activating Nepal the first time on 144 MHz in JT65b by
communication! Callsign is 9N7WL.
especially on the low bands.
Therefore we will ask for "NA only" in case we copy signals from the US or Canada, i.e. stations from other parts of the world should standby and stop calling.
160 m 1826
80 m 3523
40 m 7023
30 m 10106
20 m 14023
17 m 18072
15 m 21023
12 m 24892
10 m 28023
2 m 144123 JT65b
160m: Inverted L
with 18 m fibre pole
80m: Vertical with 14 m bamboo pole
40m: Butternut HF2V
30m: Triple Leg Vertical
20m/17m/15m/12m/10m: 2 Spiderbeams
2m: 18 element yagi
Wikipedia provides excellent
information on the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepal
Last updated 9.6.2011 by DK5WL