News from 6O6O Somalia via Ken @la7gia

So we have several noise sources. One is the stadium light that is switched on and off when in use, and usually off at 20-21 UTC. In addition there is a local noise source that appear around Maghrib prayer time which is due just after sunset. This week that is 14:43 UTC. So LP on 40m to US west coast is difficult. Neither is it possible for us to operate on any band at this time due to high noise level. That means we can not be on 15 or 20m to US at our evening time, nor low bands to EU or VK/n the evening. We start TX as soon as noise disappear.

Another thing is the high level event in the country wich has imposed restrictions on our ability to move around, and hence has prevented us from doing the final installation of our RX antenna system outside the hotel. For our own safety we have been advised to remain at our hotel. However, this event is soon over and we will most likely be allowed to continue our installation either tomorrow tuesday or wednesday. Doing this installation means having armed body guards around while installing the RX system. Hopefully will a proper RX antenna system reduce the noise level such that we can operate on low bands even during the evenings. We will know this after the event is over and we have installed the RX antenna. Our current RX antenna picks up too much noise.

A third thing is the propagation that is not in our favour. We don’t see the expected openings to neither Asia nor NA, which again leads us to working EU while we expected to work Asia or NA.

As such there are several things that affect our operation which is out of our control, however we hope that this can be resolved the coming days such that we also can start operating on 80 and possibly 160 meter.

So we have several noise sources. One is the stadium light that is switched on and off when in use, …

TY Benin AF 2018

The BENIN 2018 dxpedition by the KOP Team of the Provins ARC, F6KOP web site is online at :

This international dxpedition is led by Jean-Luc/F1ULQ and Damien/F4AZF.

You will hear our KOP team friends from March 7-18, all bands HF and modes, CW , Digital and SSB modes.

QSL via Christian/F5GSJ (D/LotW/OQRS/b).

More information to follow especially for the callsign.


Maurice, F5NQL, KOP Team n° 10