Today 2014.08.13 happened to be an open house at the local Ham Radio shop: One Communications. I was taken there my Azraie, work colleague, who recently got a licence as 9W2EFY. We were able to meet up with the owner Roslan Rashid 9W2KDU as well as one of his stuff Fadzil Omar 9W2SMF . There was a lot of food, including roasted lamb and famous Tea Teree, Malaysian specialty. It is a nice set up and Roslan can supply any of the latest radios from major suppliers. There is also a ham radio training course run on the premises for future hams.
I am in Zimbabwe since 14th of July and should remain till 3rd of August. I have a radio with me and operate in my spare time. Conditions at the moment are terrible. I am lucky to hear some stations sometimes. I have done some improvement to antennas but so far very few stations in the log. It has never been that bad here…. I hope to get at least few days of a reasonable propagation before I will leave. …keeping fingers crossed.
It has been a few great days in Kuching!!!
I managed to catch up with few of my friends: 9M8MA, 9W8CH, 9W8KIF, 9M8WAT and met for a first time with 9M8ADX. Great stories, great food and some great QSO’s. With the assistance of Keith 9W8KIF we put up a sloping LW to cover 160-40m bands with a use of AH4 tuner. Location of the sloper was what I have done in the past. I did not notice at first but now there is a big neon sign with hotel name. (see picture) This gave me a bit of noise on 80/40/30m bands and completely “disabled” 160m. Oh well, can’t win them all. I operated as LPAB Assisted and had a thrill. Not as many pile ups as in the past, as I think low power stations slowly disappear in the QRO noise. My score is as per attached. I also managed to have a real feast of the durians which happen to be in season at this time of the year. What a great trip 🙂
As from 14th of October, I am in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. I have my licence valid and operate as Z21DXI. My favorite hotel maintenance manager has passed away in March this year. Mr Pilot was instrumental during my past visits and he helped a lot with antennas work. RIP Mr Pilot.
A new manager is very friendly as well. So no issues with antennas. Unfortunately a noise level, specially on low bands is really impossible to beat. So I am sorry but there will be a very limited (if any) operation on Low Bands. I just hope that this new QRN at this location will not make it impossible to run pile ups.
Accommodation possibilities are limited…. so I do not really have much choice. As always, please QSL via SP5UAF. He will be happy to help 🙂