South Sudan Z81X Operation Set for November
A multinational group will be in Juba, South Sudan, November 14–28 to activate Z81X. Emphasis will be on 160 and 80 meters. The period includes the CQ World Wide CW contest; there will be some single-band entries as well as low-band SSB focus during the contest weekend.
Hosted by the South Sudan Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, the group, led by IARU Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, will conduct a series of workshops, with support by the Yasme Foundation, aimed at establishing a sound Amateur Radio spectrum management and regulatory regime. Other operators will include Dietmar, DL3DXX; Wayne, N7NG; Olli, OHØXX; Martti, OH2BH; Pertti, OH2PM; Veijo, OH6KN, and Tevfik, TA1HZ (the team doctor), plus Massimo, Z81B (IZØEGB), and Diya, Z81D (YI1DZ).
Plans call for three generator-powered stations with amplifiers, low-band verticals and Beverage antennas; two sites may be used. Z81X team members will use their QRZ.com pages to provide updates and to recognize supporters.
Z81X Project Goodwill South Sudan is organized jointly by Radio Arcala, DX University, IARU Region 1, and Rock City Investments Co; the equipment sponsor is Yaesu. In support of the DX University, the team will take note of specific relationships between pileup behavior and operator technique.
Additional information will be available in advance of the operation. The group welcomes support from individuals, clubs and foundations. Visit the Z81X QRZ.com page. QSL via OHØXX. —Jarmo Jaakola, OH2BN