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Dx-Pedition to 3B9 (Rogrigues)



Hello Group.

March / April 2004 will see a major Dx-pedition to Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean which will include a dedicated station set up for Satellite and EME.

The dates for the trip are mid March to April 15th 2004.  The satellite operation is anticipated for the final two weeks from March 31 to April 13th.

Call will be  3B9C

The organising group is the "Five Star Dxers Association" who in 2001 made 168,000 QSOs on HF / 6m from The Comoros Islands as D68C.

The Satellite / EME station includes 4 x 19 ele F9FT yagis on 70cms and Az/El rotators.
The radio will be an FT847 provided by Yaesu who are the principal sponsors of the Expedition. Yaesu are also providing 10 x 1kW stations for other bands.

The path to the USA from 3B9 on AO-40 is limited and it will be important to find the right  location. Those final few degrees down to the horizon will be very important.

A web site for the dx-pedition is available at:  

www.fsdxa.com/3b9

At present the satellite page contains my 'brief' to the two members of the team who have been  to 3B9 to survey the location and arrange the licence. The page will be updated after all the hard work of testing the equipment and packing the container has been completed.

73

David  G0MRF
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