Kenya - November 2015


Please use our Online QSL Request Service for direct and bureau QSL requests.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The 5Z4HW QSL Cards are there. Since then we have processed more than 450 QSL requests. Approximately 1700 QSOS were checked. All OQRS requests are answered. All the letters and all bureau QSL cards we have received to 24 December 2015 are now answered.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

We will send the QSL's as soon as the cards are printed. Please stay tuned.

5Z4HW Continent Breakdown
  160m 80m 40m 30m 20m 17m 15m 12m 10m 6m Total
QSOs 5 406 2262 2651 1874 2604 2142 2189 1649 0 15782
EU 0.0% 63.1% 57.5% 67.9% 51.1% 72.3% 76.7% 90.3% 91.2% 0.0% 71.8%
AS 0.0% 31.3% 15.1% 19.0% 11.5% 7.1% 4.2% 4.8% 4.5% 0.0% 10.4%
AF 0.0% 0.2% 0.5% 0.9% 1.1% 1.3% 0.9% 0.6% 0.6% 0.0% 0.9%
NA 0.0% 4.4% 23.5% 9.7% 34.9% 18.0% 16.8% 3.4% 2.7% 0.0% 15.3%
SA 0.0% 0.0% 1.9% 1.1% 1.0% 0.7% 0.7% 0.5% 0.5% 0.0% 0.9%
OC 0.0% 1.0% 1.4% 1.4% 0.4% 0.6% 0.8% 0.4% 0,4% 0.0% 0.8%

Friday, November 20, 2015

We have received many OQRS requests. The answer will take a while.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We arrived Wednesday afternoon back home.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

We are QRT after almost 16,000 QSOs. We began to dismantle the antennas this morning and will fly back home this afternoon. The flights will take us from Mombasa via Nairobi to Amsterdam and then back to Berlin where we are expected to arrive tomorrow at noon.

Thanks to everyone calling us. We were very much restricted due to the power line problems and had to accept unexpected high costs for renting the generator. Anyhow, we wanted to be on the air and have fun and it was worth it.

73 the 5Z4HW Crew

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Building the antennas is almost finshed. Nobody is taking notice of us on 80m and 20m due to the contest this weekend. We have heard W's on 80m. There is apparently nothing going on without the DX Cluster, noone is tuning the bands anymore. Noone comes back to our CQ until we are spotted. And then we have endless pileups.

No problems so far with the generator. Doesn't seem to be too loud. We need some 20 liters fuel each day. The transport is organized. The mast holding the electrical power lines tilted today. There were bangs and fireworks. Power outages all over the country! We luckily have a generator...

The first pictures added to our 5Z4HW Pictures Gallery.

Reiner DL7KL on 17m CW

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The power problems couldn't really be fixed. We got power again after heavy short-circuits but it's unusable - 230V without load and 130V under load at 400W power. Our power supplies cannot compensate that. No hope for improvement. So we have rented a 3kW power aggregate which is really very noisy and loud. Let's see when get the first visits by angry neighbours.

We could run with two stations and we will finish completing the antennas today. The power line trouble has thrown us back and the generator costs a fortune.

The first online log is available.

Friday, November 6, 2015

We arrived well in Nairobi and had an hour delay on arrival. Luck for us, we wouldn't had caught the connecting domestic flight otherwise. The bad surprise on arrival at our radio location was not to have electrical power, the power lines were tangled up:

Power lines

We could begin to assemble the stations in darkness.