• The End
    by Team

    Hi moonbouncers, our last update from the beach of Lake Malawi KH77ap.

    Hurray! We made over 400 EME QSO`s on 144 MHz and exactly 500 QSO`s in total via moonbounce on all VHF/UHF/SHF bands! No expedition ever did that before, oops we did it last year ourselves… (offcourse excluded duppes in log)

    Friday we did dismantle the station. First thing in the morning we did visit the local (primary) school in Ngala. There are about 1580 children and only eight badly paid teachers (56$ a month). The children sit on the floor (the biggest class has 230 children) in small classes and they have to walk miles two times a day. We had a lot of pencils and ballpoints with us; they need it for sure!

    Thursday, May 21st we worked 30 more inits so our total is 382 inits. We never had expected we could work so many stations from this corner of the world. It surprised us really!
    In 9 days we worked 50 DXCC on 2 meters. Nine days more and 100 easily could be completed? Hi hi.

    Summary:
    144 MHz: 412 inits in 50 DXCC
    432 MHz: 27 inits
    1296 MHz: 38 inits
    2320 MHz: 14 inits
    3400 MHz: 9 inits
    Total: 500 QSO`s on 5 bands.

    A warm thank you to all who called us, our sponsors, Atletico supportteam and Ngala Beach Resort.

    Several did ask us what kind of equipment we are using.
    Success has two sides, skills/good operating practice and well balanced equipment including plenty spare parts (in total 205 kilograms):
    TX Yaesu ft-857d with TCXO, Preamps WA2ODO
    Antenna: 2 x 8 elem. I0JXX
    Antenna Control System DRIACS-G3 by HB9DRI
    Good EME power by ITALAB
    Excellent cables, couplers, sequenser, ALC control and filters
    Different custom made software for Dxpedition

    And yes: Atleticoteam already has serious plans to surprise you next year again somewhere from Africa!
    After 5Z4EME, 3B8EME, C56EME, 5X1EME, 9G5EME, 6W/PE1L and now 7Q7EME we only can say: Where do we go next?

    QSL via PA3CEE
    The log has been updated: see our website www.emelogger.com/malawi and some photos were added.

    73
    Eltje, Hermann and Rene
  • a day on the moon
    by Team

    Hi moonbouncers,

    Wednesday May 20th, Atleticoteam 7Q7EME did EME on 144 MHz again. We were QRV from our moonrise.
    Last night we were told that we have to leave early from our lodge coming saturday because the driver can not drive when it gets dark (too dangerous). Our plane to Nairobi will leave at 03:00 AM next morning, so we will have a long wait at Lilongwe airport. This means that tomorrow will be our last day of operation. We need Friday to dismantle all and every kilogram has to be taken back down from the beach to the place where we live.

    We hope to get some more sleep coming nights. Last mornings we were awaked by the sound of shooting and (death)screaming. There are a lot of monkeys here and they were shot here on the compound, we saw them falling out of the trees. We europeans may see monkeys as cute animals, but the Malawians have another opinion. Always keep in mind: When in Rome, act like the Romans do...; our moral is not superior or better, it is different.

    The results for day ten:
    144 MHz: We worked some more inits including several 1 yagi and low power stations, so our total now is 382 inits. It is OK. Atleticoteam set the second best ever QSO rate for an EME expedition and now helds the positions 1-2-3 again.
    2300 MHz: Hermann did not work anyone, so in total 14 stations on 13cm.

    Last operation will be Friday May 21st at 07:00 UTC on 144 MHz, we start with window to VK ZL JA till moonset.
    Hermann has stopped his UHF/SHF activities.
    7Q7EME: 144.134 MHz, always first.
    QSL via PA3CEE

    The log has been updated and some photo`s were added: see our website www.emelogger.com/malawi

    73
    Eltje, Hermann and Rene
  • New moon
    by Team

    Hi moonbouncers,

    Monday and Tuesday we did some sightseeing:
    Monday we visited a rubberplant, very interesting to see how rubbers are made. We drove to Nkhota Bay, a bit too touristic in our opinion, because we saw too many white people. But we eventually
    succeeded in buying souvenirs, however no postcards. It takes six months to mail a letter/postcard from here so they gave up to sell them.
    The same handcraft (wooden elephants and fishermen) we saw surprisingly too last years in Ghana or Uganda. How interesting...
    We also went to an old mission church, founded 1881. On the graveyard many young europeans (from Scotland and England) were buried, most died before they reached the age of 30 because of illness.
    Tuesday we went by a so called matola (aka mutatu) to Dwanga a nice village with a market. You can charge your cellphone there too, it costs 40 Kwacha, 8 dollarcent. People hang around waiting until the
    charging is finished. We had a coke, bought some chips and had we a jolly good time see the others watching us.

    Next operation will be Wednesday May 20th at 06:30 UTC on 144 MHz, we start with window to VK ZL JA, later EU, USA till moonset.
    Hermann will be QRV on 9cm or 13cm on request. Anyone who is interested: feel free to send an email. 23cm operation is over, there are no powertransistors left.
    7Q7EME: 144.134 MHz, always first.
    QSL via PA3CEE

    The log has been updated and new photos were added: see our website www.emelogger.com/malawi

    Being in Africa is not easy. Please take in consideration that power failures, instable power, poor internet, extreme weather conditions etc. do have a negative impact on the performance. And being in
    southeast Africa means a shorter window with the USA.
    73
    Eltje, Hermann and Rene
  • Another day on the moon
    by Team

    Hi moonbouncers,

    Sunday May 17th, Atleticoteam 7Q7EME did EME on 144 MHz again. We were ready early enough to work JA and ZL on our moonrise.
    At 6 o`clock in the morning the garcon brought us coffee on the beach. At 8 o`clock we walked to the restaurant to have breakfast. Normally we order the staff to bring it to us but today we choose to go there. The whole day we were doing radio and it surprised us that we were able to hear so many signals, we inspected sunnoise.

    The results for day nine:
    144 MHz: We worked 33 (!) more inits, so our total now is 355 inits. That is great! It is the third best ever performance from Atleticoteam (Number 3 was 340 inits as 3B8EME: 2010).
    Number 1 #455 (6W/PE1L: 2014 worldrecord), number 2 #361 (C56EME: 2011). We do it with only two small yagi`s. Still more days to come to get close to our second best ever result. We`ll see!
    Highlight was a very nice CW QSO with OK1MS. His signals peeked to 529, amazing.
    1296 MHz: The powertransitor (PTF A 142401EL) broke when Hermann was testing. He could repair it, he had one spare transistor left. He managed to work 7 more inits, so now in total 37 stations. At the end the newly replaced powertransitor broke again. So 320 euro went up into smoke today. It`s a loss, so no beer for Hermann the coming week, first priority is to save money. Off course we can try to buy a new one here in Malawi or 1000 km around us, but you know the answer...

    Next operation will be Wednesday May 20th on 144 MHz. We will inform you Tuesday about the exact time, no mail tomorrow because no radio, but have a look on our website because we will write the blog and try to upload some new photo`s to show a bit more from Malawi than our yagi`s, the beach and the dish.

    The log has been updated: see our website www.emelogger.com/malawi

    Being in Africa is not easy. Please take in consideration that power failures, instable power, poor internet, extreme weather conditions etc. do have a negative impact on the performance. And being in southeast Africa means a shorter window with the USA.
    73
    Eltje, Hermann and Rene
  • 70cm and 13cm part2
    by Team

    Hi moonbouncers,

    Saturday May 16th, Atleticoteam 7Q7EME did EME on 432 MHz again. We were ready early enough to work Japan on our moonrise.

    There are more guests in the lodge now. Some third generation Namibians, it is really amazing that they speak perfect German without an accent, though they never lived there. In Namibia, a former German colony, live a lot of German speaking (white) people.
    Off course there are South Africans too here. We speak Dutch to them and their Afrikaanders sound like music in our ears. Many people travel with a Jeep across the continent for a month or a bit longer. It is nice to exchange mutual experiences and all agree: Malawi is a fantastic (political stable) place to be. However it is also clear that the development of the third world doesn`t have any progression due to corrupcy and a lack of a strong will to change things. That is a pity, but it is the hard reality.

    The results for day eight:
    432 MHz: We worked 8 more inits, so our total now is 27 inits.
    2300 MHz: Hermann managed to work 1 more init, so now in total 14 stations.

    Next operation will be Sunday May 17th at 03:20 UTC on 144 MHz, we start with window to VK ZL JA till moonset.
    Hermann will be QRV on 23cm Sunday May 17th from 10:00 UTC.
    7Q7EME: 144.134 MHz, always first.
    QSL via PA3CEE

    Next activity on at 144 MHz is Wednesday May 20th. We will inform you later about the exact time. It is new moon and that is an excellent excuse to do some touristic things.

    The log has been updated and some photo`s were added: see our website www.emelogger.com/malawi

    Being in Africa is not easy. Please take in consideration that power failures, instable power, poor internet, extreme weather conditions etc. do have a negative impact on the performance. And being in southeast Africa means a shorter window with the USA.
    73
    Eltje, Hermann and Rene
  • 70cm and 13cm
    by Team

    Hi moonbouncers,

    Friday May 15th, Atleticoteam 7Q7EME did EME on 432 MHz. We were ready earlier than we expected so it was a surprise that many already were waiting for us.
    Dinner last night was fantastic: Beef Wellington and custard slice. It was perfect, the cook knows the finishing touch. We enjoy the good things of life to full extend.
    It is nice to sit on the beach every day. Sure we will do some other things next week when we have bad moon. We will hire a car and drive around a bit; however most Africans here drive on the wrong side of the road (left), we will show them the right way.

    The results for day seven:
    432 MHz: We worked 19 inits. Highlight was a CW QSO with DL9KR, the first ever QSO on 432 MHz from Malawi. Really great this was in CW!
    2300 MHz: Hermann managed to work 13 stations.
    So now we have activated them all: 2m, 70cm, 23cm, 13cm and 9 cm. And it works all well.

    Next operation will be Saturday May 16th at 04:30 UTC on 432 MHz.
    Hermann will be QRV on 13cm Saturday May 16th too from 0930 UTC.

    7Q7EME: 432.100 MHz, always first.
    QSL via PA3CEE

    The log has been updated and some photo`s were added: see our website www.emelogger.com/malawi

    Being in Africa is not easy. Please take in consideration that power failures, instable power, poor internet, extreme weather conditions etc. do have a negative impact on the performance. And being in southeast Africa means a shorter window with the USA.
    73
    Eltje, Hermann and Rene
  • Update
    by Team

    Hi moonbouncers,

    Thursday May 14th, Atleticoteam 7Q7EME did EME again on 144 MHz.

    The results for day five:
    144 MHz: We added some new ones. It resulted 34 new inits, so now total 322 inits. Our goal was 300+ so we are very satisfied and it ain`t done yet! We knew we can not not beat our last year worldrecord (455 inits from Senegal), but 300+ QSO`s with two yagi`s in 5 days time is what we are used to do in Africa. Also nice to make another CW QSO.
    3400 MHz: Hermann managed to work 9 stations easily. A new continental record.

    Next operation will be Friday May 15th at 08:00 UTC on 432 MHz. Saturday we will operate 432 MHz as well, time will follow.
    Sunday we will do 144 MHz again, we will see for how long because sunnoise probably will spoil the pleasure.
    Hermann told us he will be QRV on 13cm Friday May 15th from 0900 UTC, plan is that he will do 13cm Saturday May 16thtoo.

    7Q7EME: 144.134 MHz, always first.
    QSL via PA3CEE

    The log has been updated

    Being in Africa is not easy. Please take in consideration that power failures, instable power, poor internet, extreme weather conditions etc. do have a negative impact on the performance. And being in southeast Africa means a shorter window with the USA.
    73
    Eltje, Hermann and Rene
  • another day in the tropics
    by Team

    Hi moonbouncers, greetings again from the Warm Heart of Africa.

    Wednesday May 13h, Atleticoteam 7Q7EME did EME again on 144 MHz after a very good sleep.
    The night before we had a traditional Malawian dinner called Nsima. Ingredients: Mais, cassave and water: cook it and make balls of this while using a wooden stick.
    Only women are allowed to do that (it is said that it will influence the masculinity if men try to): it is a hard job to prepare it, so it is womens work to hold
    the stick. By the way almost all hard work is done by women here, many men only hang around smoking pot or drinking booze. Nsima was served with goatmeat and a kind
    of wild spinach with peanuts. Eat it with (sticky) fingers, no fork and knife! Delicious! We finished dinner with a kind of donut (oliebol) with strawberrymarmelade
    in it.
    http://www.friendsofmalawi.org/learn_about_malawi/volunteer_life/recipes.html

    The results for day four:
    144 MHz: We added some new ones. It resulted 28 new inits, so now total 288 inits.
    1296 MHz: Hermann managed to work 11 new stations.
    Higlight of the day were CW QSO`s with LX1DB on 1296 MHz and OZ1HNE on 144 MHz.

    Next operation will be Thursday May 14th at 03:20 UTC on 144 MHz, so we will have window with JA, VK and ZL. That will be the last day on 144 MHz this week, Friday
    and Saturday we will operate op 432 MHz, then we will have new moon and we can do some other things like tourist do. We will keep you informed when we return to 144
    MHz.
    Hermann told us he will give 9cm a try next moonpass from 0800 UTC

    7Q7EME: 144.134 MHz, always first.
    QSL via PA3CEE

    The log has been updated, and new photo`s were added: see our website www.emelogger.com/malawi

    Being in Africa is not easy. Please take in consideration that power failures, instable power, poor internet, extreme weather conditions etc. do have a negative
    impact on the performance. And being in southeast Africa means a shorter window with the USA.
    73
    Eltje, Hermann and Rene
  • third moonpass
    by Team

    Hi moonbouncers, greetings from the Warm Heart of Africa.

    Tuesday, may 12h, Atleticoteam 7Q7EME did EME again on 144 MHz. The afternoon before we went to the small village. We tried to buy some airtime for internet. Before internet can be activated, we need airtime for in total 6000 Kwacha (12$) to make it all work. Point is that most people here do not earn so much money in a month time. We went to three different streetstellers and eventually we were able to compose the amount of 6000 Kwacha. Now all telephone cards have gone in the village, we bought them all. As we are used to here in Africa many children follow us while we are walking, we are a touristic attraction for them.

    We had no problems with the voltage this time.

    The results for day three:
    144 MHz: We added many new inits. It resulted in 74 new inits, so now total 260 inits.
    1296 MHz: Hermann managed to work 12 stations. We gave Al K2UYH DXCC #100!

    Next operation will be Wednesday May 13th at 03:20 UTC on 144 MHz, so we will window with Japan again.
    Hermann told us he will give 23cm another try: 1296.100 from 0730 UTC

    7Q7EME: 144.134 MHz, always first.
    QSL via PA3CEE

    The log has been updated, and new photo`s were added: see our website www.emelogger.com/malawi

    Being in Africa is not easy. Please take in consideration that power failures, instable power, poor internet, extreme weather conditions etc. do have a negative impact on the performance. And being in southeast Africa means a shorter window with the USA.
    73
    Eltje, Hermann and Rene
  • second moonpass
    by Team

    Hello moonbouncers, greetings from the Warm Heart of Africa.

    Monday, may 11th, Atleticoteam 7Q7EME did EME again on 144 MHz. We stayed on our beautiful location on the beach of lake Malawi and we saw the sun rising in a majestic way. Many people stroll over the beach walking with a fish in their hand or just walking around. We often have a short conversation with these friendly people. We are invited to go to the bar / local club in the small village, the place to be they all assure while they wink with their eyes. Atleticoteam boldly goes where no (white) man has gone before, so we sure will walk there to have a beer and some fun as we were promised.
    In the morning breakfast was brought to us again by lovely Maria. Coffee, toast and (peanut)butter; how nice life can be! We gave our sausages to the guard, he definitely could need some extra food.

    We found out that our voltage is much too high, 290V-300V. However it did not effect the 144 MHz station in a negative way. Just before moonset the voltage went down to 240...

    The results for day two:
    144 MHz: We had a lot of fun with radio, the groundgain boosted the signals! It resulted in 65 new inits, so total 186 inits.
    1296 MHz: The PA was repaired, but the high voltage damaged a relay and it was not possible to get on the air for Hermann. The high voltage probably also caused the damage on the power transistor yesterday is his conclusion. When the voltage had gone back to normal again the repairments were not finised so unfortunately no contacts on 1296.

    Next operation will be Tuesday May 12th at 04:00 UTC on 144 MHz. Hermann told us he will give 23cm another try: 1296.100 from 0700 UTC

    7Q7EME: 144.134 MHz, always first.
    QSL via PA3CEE

    The log has been updated

    Being in Africa is not easy. Please take in consideration that power failures, instable power, poor internet, extreme weather conditions etc. do have a negative impact on the performance. And being in southeast Africa means a shorter window with the USA.
    73
    Eltje, Hermann and Rene
  • first moonpass
    by team

    Hello moonbouncers, we hit the moon again from the Warm Heart of Africa.

    Saturday, may 9th, Atleticoteam 7Q7EME started EME on 144 MHz and 1296 MHz. We have a beautiful location on the beach of lake Malawi, not far (300 feet) from our
    lodge. This means that we have our equipment in the open air, nice but it takes every time a run when we need a tool or a bolt that is left in our house, and this
    occurs much too often... Murphy`s law you know.
    To operate in this way, there is only one problem: near the shore of the big lake lake in the evening and night is not pleasant because the mosquitos are a real
    plague. And we did see some strange crawling, flying and biting creatures last night, we did not know that at night everything on legs or with wings definitely and
    without any exception do bite! Interesting to experience that we seem to be tasty and surprisingly how they always manage to creep into our pants.
    The other problem is that we have our equipment on the beach. We are lucky to have at least six guards armed with big machetes to protect our gear during the
    moments we are in the lodge having dinner etc. Fact is that we have to awake them first when their protection is needed. Also when we are on air they still are
    around though invisible in the dark.
    In the morning breakfast (fried eggs sunny side up, bacon, sausages, toast, marmelade and honey) was brought to us by lovely Maria with a warm and sensual smile,
    how nice and how welcome!

    The night before:
    144 MHz: We had a good night for radio. It started with VK5APN and slowly but steady more and more stations westwards came into our log. It resulted in 121
    different inits. We completed to work all continents within 10 hours. We have water on both directions MR and MS, so groundgain is an extra we can offer. Amazing
    loud signals on our moonset.
    1296 MHz: First tests were made with the foiled dish. After two JA stations Hermann concluded it all worked well and he went to sleep early. After breakfast the
    tests went on and some QSOs succeeded until the PA broke down. Hermann has spare transistors, so work to do!

    Next operation will be Monday May 11th at 04:00 UTC on 144 MHz
    7Q7EME: 144.134 MHz, always first.
    QSL via PA3CEE

    The log has been updated, see our website www.emelogger.com/malawi

    Being in Africa is not easy. Please take in consideration that power failures, poor internet, extreme weather conditions etc. do have a negative impact on the
    performance. And being in southeast Africa means a shorter window with the USA.

    73
    Eltje, Hermann and Rene
  • Update from Malawi
    by Team

    Hello moonbouncers,

    Thursday we started to build up a bit. It was very warm, so we did it in a slow way, surprising how we adept so quickly to the African way of working!
    It is the end of the rain season, last night we were surprised by a heavy tropical storm and a lot of rain. In the morning we went down to the beach to see if the antenna still was up, it was but a part had sunk in the sand. We managed to get a better base. The 144 MHz is almost ready, and we spent a lot of time to put reflecting foil on the dish for 23,13 and 9 cm. All on schedule for the higher bands.
    We still are struggling with electricity. There are 3 phases (for a waterpump, that got stolen btw), but we want 2 phases 230V. We are working on this too.

    We will be QRV tomorrow. Because of the conditions, we will start on our moonrise, see below.
    We stay at a lovely place, we only had three times fish until now and that is is something different.
    Malawi is a very poor country, average life expectation is under 40. Big families with 6 children is common. There are about 30 people working in this resort. It is a strange feeling to see so much poverty around us, this is the worst we have ever seen. But as always we want to have direct contact with the people as much as possible and spend our money direct to them.

    However, Saturdayevening (UTC time) we will be QRV from our moonrise at 20:20 UTC on 144.134 MHz, 7Q7EME always first.
  • We arrived at Malawi
    by Team

    Update from Malawi

    Wednesday May 6th we arrived in Malawi. We had no problems with customs. We are very glad!


    We arrived in the house, just 100 feet from the ocean. After a good lunch (sorry to say but it was fish) we studied the possibilities to get on the air. It is not possible to be QRV out of our appartments beacause there are trees.
    But we have a unique opportunity to be QRV from the beach, this will give us a good take off at moonset and moonrise over water, and good chance for groundgain we hope. There is a half open bar and there is good electricity, so all EME will be done from the beach. Problem will be millions of mosquitos, we hope we will smell so bad that they will leave us alone.

    Next thing today will be to buy a simcard and airtime for internet and first thing thursday will be to set up the 144 antennas, we will start our activity at 144 MHz Saturday 0300 UTC.
    Friday we will send out a update.

    Atletico plus team is dreaming of hitting the moon hard.
    Will be continued....

    73 Eltje, PA3CEE
    Hermann, DL2NUD
    Rene, PE1L
  • Malawi team starts to travel
    by Team

    Today we will start to travel to Malawi.
    We will leave tuesday May 5th and via Bremen/Berlin and Amsterdam we will fly to Malawi via Kenya and we hope to arrive there wednesday May 6th, we hope our luggage will follow us.
    Spoken about luggage, as usual we have a bit more than allowed so some was shipped in advance to Malawi, we lost track of it some time but yesterday we where told that we can get our own suitcases back
    for 500 dollars, cash offcourse.
    We are so gratefull we have a supportteam and sponsors! you can imagine

    If all OK we start saturday may 9th at 144 MHz.

    http://www.emelogger.com/malawi

    73 Eltje PA3CEE, Hermann DL2NUD and Rene PE1L
  • Update
    by Rene

    From Saturday May 9th till Friday May 22nd 2015, PA3CEE, DL2NUD and PE1L will be active as 7Q7EME. The locator is KH77ap. We are glad Hermann will join us again, so even 13cm and 9 cm will be activated from Malawi!

    We found an excellent place to stay on the beach of lake Malawi. There are trees, we hope they will not effect our moonwindows too much.
    The 144 MHz and 432 MHz setup have been improved, fine-tuned and tested, Tickets are bought,Accommodation is paid for the first half, Transport of luggage has been arranged, medication for malaria bought etc, so everything is on schedule.

    We have on 144 MHz the same equipment as when we where operating as 6W/PE1L, 9G5EME, 5X1EME and C56EME. Proven quality!
    On 432 we will use a 23 el yagi and more power than last years, on 1296 and higher we have a 1.5 meter dish.

    If we can manage internet we will be on N0UK logger and HB9Q logger for last minute freq. change etc. At this site we publish timeslots for each band.

    But there is more than only radio.
    As always supporting local activities and education is one of our goals during our visit. As possible we want to contribute and sponsor as much as we can. As you know Atleticoteam (Rene and Eltje) always share with the locals and we know Hermann has the same opinion in stimulating the local economy.
    Offcourse we will share this with you via our daily updates, email, blog, photos and videos

    Doing EME in Africa is not cheap. There are big costs. (donations are more than welcome, despite this is the poorest country in Africa this will be our most expensive expedition, without support its not possible to do this trip):

    73 Eltje PA3CEE, Hermann DL2NUD and Rene PE1L
  • 7Q7EME

    7Q7EME, VHF/UHF Dxpedition to Malawi KH77ap May 2015 by Atleticoteam.

    Since 2009 Atleticoteam travels yearly to Africa in order to give as many EME`ers as possible a new DXCC entity.

    Yes also in 2015 Atleticoteam will travel southwards. This time it will be Malawi. Malawi`s predominantly rural population is comprised of various tribes that migrated from other parts of Africa. According to its gross national income (GNI) the Republic of Malawi is the poorest country in Africa, its economy is agro-based. There is a small tourism sector which is being primed for growth. The former British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964.

    As usual Atleticoteam will continue to get anyone in the log who will give it a serious try. As long as the moon is in the sky there is work to be done. After moonset time to relax.

    This focusing pleasures our sponsors, without them Dxpeditions like these couldn`t be made.

    73

    Rene, PE1L
    Eltje, PA3CEE