OPDX Bulletin Special Bulletin 1137.1 November 18, 2013

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XZ1J (Press Release). XZ1J - Update Nov. 17, 2013:
The XZ1J Team members are operating from two Camp Site locations about 300' apart; CW Camp and SSB Camp.
The SSB Camp has two stations; one with a Spider Beam covering all bands and the 2nd station is using 1/4 vertical antennas for 12, 17 and 40 meters.
The CW Camp has three stations; the 1st station has a Tri-Band Beam (10, 15 & 20) and the 2nd station is using 1/4 verticals for 40, 30, 17 and 12 meters plus an Inverted L for 160 Meters (abt 80 vertical and 47' hortizonal). The third station is mainly used for 30 meter CW and 20 meter RTTY when time permits.
Our efforts on 160 meters started last night and ended this morning around 6:00 AM with many QSO's in the log. We'll be on 160 and/or 80 meters all night; sunset to sunrise.
During our second day, we had to move the SSB Camp site to reduce the S9 noise level from a local power line. The new location has minimum QRN.
This evening, we'll update our Operating Frequency Chart to eliminate some of the interference with several other DX-peditions. This data will be updated to the
http://www.xz1j.org/ website and http://www.k3lp.com/xz1j_2013.htm
Both Zorro and Jay have our team working hard to get the QSO's in the log. QSLing is via Zorro's QTH or http://www.qrz.com/ for XZ1J.
73's...... XZ1J Team
Z81X JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (Two Press Releases)
NEWS FROM SOUTH SUDAN, SUNDAY 17-NOV-2013
What a wonderful occasion it was when twenty-one Ministry of Telecommuni- cation and Postal Services administrators, led by Director General Meshack Madol Yol, arrived for a full-day Amateur Radio training session organized by International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) R1 and Radio Arcalas Mission Goodwill South Sudan. The session was conducted by Hans, PB2T, IARU R1 President together with Wayne, N7NG and Martti, OH2BH. The memorable occasion took place at the European Union compound in the capital Juba. A joint working group was formed and the day was capped with the interview by local broadcasters in the nation's capital.
The program is sponsored by IARU R1, ARRL, EUDXF, DX University and YASME Foundation. The next day and with some 600 QSOs under his belt, Hans departed to resume his subsequent duties at ITU in Geneva.
The low-band operation also got underway for the first night with no receiving antennas but 160M and 80M verticals gave a good start, with a full footprint for the United States and the first 50 JA station logged on the first shot indicating the same for the Far East. Now both directions are also covered by beverages. It is now expected that 160, 80 and 30M will be active every night on CW for the next six days and then providing an 80M SSB toward the weekend.
The team of Dietmar, DL3DXX; Wayne, N7NG; Pertti, OH2PM; Olli, OH0XX, Martti, OH2BH and Veijo, OH6KN with valuable support from Diay, Z81D and Massimo, Z81B are at the controls.
They use three Yaesu FTdx3000s with no interaction between the bands in operation. Yaesu is their radio provider while Acom and Italian SPE amps are employed on the low bands.
With the low-band QSO total now exceeding 2000, it is also noted that both nights were different with regard to the overall propagation profile. Therefore one bad night may be followed by a good night, requiring a sharp ear and great patience. So far the split is Europe 67%, NA 19% and ASIA 13%.
Logs are now uploaded at ClubLog for first two days along with Z81X QSOs of May. 2013 at www.qrz.com/db/Z81X.
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18-NOV-2013
LAST NIGHT AT Z81X
It may be interesting to note that some infrastructure is still missing in the Republic of South Sudan. There is no electricity grid or running water in the capital. Also, the postal system is not yet established and many issues need to be improvised. Getting fuel for the generator is an arduous task and more recently fuel has been in short supply in the whole country.
There was to be enough fuel for the generator but running it was ruled out suddenly. It was 3AM just at the peak of low-band action when elec- tricity was switched off, leaving the operators and the pileup idling. This happened when the going neared its climax.
So, negotiations are underway and we kindly ask for your understanding. Sometimes these basic services are taken for granted. The team are cramped in three small huts with all their belongings, including the radios, but hopefully we will soon gain access to larger premises as promised initially.
It is extremely hot and thunderstorms are expected to bother us during the week; hence lightning arrestors are mounted on all cables. No equipment or men are lost in the process and all radio gear remains in good shape. The antenna farm is soon complete and we just need more fuel to keep
running. Why don't we go to the petrol station? We have not seen one with a supply of diesel fuel.
In life, things are relative --- and in DX even more so. Hopefully see you tonight!
Team at Z81X

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