30/04/2014: Plans have been made for a 2e return to Benin in mid oktober 2014.
5/04/2014: All qsl have been mailed.
26/03/2014: 10K QSl cards are printed ready and received today.
Now we can start processing the qsl .
I try to mail all direct qsl and oqqrs end of march2014.
11/02/2014: LOTW upload somewere end of februay 2014
16 jan 2014: TY1TT aproved for LoTW, and valid dxcc
Plans on arrival:
Arrive in the evening in Lomé,Togo, sat 25 January 2014.
One night sleep in Abodagfro (Togo), one hour driving from Lomé.
Sunday 26 january travel (2 hours) by taxi to Grand Popo (Benin), and set up antenna and shack. Most difficult could be crossing the border Togo to Benin with the equipment.
I have been before at this border, and there is douane customs control.
Operation starts sunday 26st at the afternoon or evening, if there are no problems.
Previous other dxpeditions in Benin were mostly active on 20m ssb/cw.
Therefore i'am goiing to try to be actif on the higest possible band depending propagations, starting on 10meter band.
Everyday starting +- 06:00Z direction LP Japan-Asia-VK-ZL untill 10:00Z
from 10:00Z some EU, and afternoons and evenings direction NA & SA.
Thanks to my girlfriend and future fiancee Cendy.
She helps carrying half of my 112kgs (247 lbs) luggage with us to Benin.
Few clothing many equipment.
Plans: Clublog is a fine tool, but this year: OQRS qsl: Yes, but...
But no more clublog leaderboards.
Why? Leaderboards stimulate friendly competition between primary the big gun DXers to work DXpeditions on all possible bands and modes ('slots').
DXers who have worked the same number of slots are ranked according to the time they took to fill the slots (quickest first, or "first past the post").
Some amateurs feel that leaderboards encourage the big guns to work the DX again, and again, having already worked the DX many times before, on many bands and modes, and got their confirmations. So it seems something like a dxpedition contest !
The argue is that this "selfishness" makes it harder and difficult for the little pistols and novice DXers to work the DX.
That is why is am not goiing to use the clublog leaderboards this time during TY1TT.
And more: i am goiing to stay and make more qso's on 1 or 2 particulairy bands in one mode to give the little pistols a chance to work TY.
I hope this will be appreciated, and understood by the dx community.
Finaly i have my TY1TT callsign and license from the Benin telecom authorities.
Was not easy, took me a longest time and most expensive ever to get a callsign.
Now i can plan flights and lodging beginning 2014 in Benin. Yes finaly.
2 december 2013:
I had a eyeball meeting with my friend Fabrice and his wife in Grand Popo.
He needs some help with his smoked damaged ic-7000, and i need help with my license as it was still not ready when i had to go back to EU after 15 days in Africa.
I am planning to go back to Benin in januari 2014, when the license is ready, taken a radio for Fabrice with me.
26 november 2013:
I went to Togo and made a trip to Coutenou, (Benin) to get my TY1 callsign papers.
But once i arrived there were no callsign papers due to a fire in the artpg telecom building.
I had to apply again for my license, and it could take up to 2 - 3 weeks.
That is as long as i could stay in Africa in 2013, so i went back to Togo were i used my Togo callsign 5V7TH during 10 days or so, and made +8000 qso's.
During pile ups:
PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK/COVER MAKING YOUR CALL ON TOP OF A QSO That means : DO NOT SHOUT YOUR CALL WHEN I COME BACK FOR AN OTHER STATION !!
WAIT FOR MY GENERAL CQ CALL PLEASE!!! AND ANSWER ONLY WHEN CALLED BACK TO YOU !!!
PLEASE CHECK SPLIT SETUP !
PLEASE DO NOT TUNE ON RX or TX FREQUENCY,
This tuining is selfisch, and realy bad for my ears or others who are listning on my tx freq.
THANKS GUYS! Make urself a good operator and ex-Lids.