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Default [N6PSE] Fun with 5U5R


Fun with 5U5R

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 10:50 AM PDT

The 5U5R DXpedition from the Republic of Niger has just concluded. This
DXpedition was organized by the venerable Tifariti Gang. The team made
75,327 contacts from March 9th to March 20th, 2017.

This was a very good DXpedition for a number of reasons. This team really
knows how to make effective use of their location and antennas. They always
select a quiet location which helps them hear the weakest of signals.

They use light weight Spiderbeam and Hex beam antennas that perform very
well. This team really excelled with their low band effort. They worked
30-160 meters very hard and were heard on 160 meters as far away as the
Hawaiian Islands. Many of us on the US West Coast were really pleased with
their effort as many of us scored a contact on 80 and 160 meters which is a
very difficult contact to make.* Their signals on 30 and 40 meters were
very strong. Their operating team was highly skilled and a pleasure to work.

This team worked extremely hard with considerable time working the bands
and reducing the pileups. They reached nearly 10,000 contacts each day for
their initial operating period. This is a significant feat that can be
accomplished by using the strongest operators available.

They operated in a logical and effective style, much like the Italian DX
Team, the Tifariti Gang choses several bands for that day and works it
until there is simply no more propagation left.*

There have been many DXpeditions from Niger over the years but I cannot
recall any that were as much fun to work as the 5U5R team.

My hat is off to Tony-EA5RM and his team for a fantastic effort!

What do you think?

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