Our DX-pedition to


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General Facts

The DX-pedition took place in March/April 2003
Operators were:
DL7IO - Holger, DL7IQ - Birgit, YS1CF - Francisco Call,

Other supporting Participants:
Carmen (XYL of Cisco)
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Licence

- A temporary licence YS/ homecall you will get without problems via the El Salvadorian Radio Club CRAS. The CRAS is handling the amateur radio cases for temporary licences for the SIGET (Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecomunication). You need to send 2 passphotos and copies of your passport and radio licence.

Club de Radioaficionades de El Salvador
Calle 1 No.5 Lomas de San Francisco
San Salvador
El Salvador
Tel. +503 248 3905
Fax: +503 248 3906
Ing. Fabian Zarrabe
Presidente


- Special calls like our HU1M callsign need a confirmation / recommendation by the local radio club. Those calls are only given to resident HAM's by the SIGET.
It is very useful to have a good relation to local ham's!
Cisco, YS1CF is licence holder for HU1M but we were allowed to be active under this call too.
At the same time we had licences as YS/DL7IO and YS/DL7IQ.
The costs are about 10 US$ (March 2003).

Regarding Meanguera Island the case was a little bit more complicated first. The political/military situation in the region of the Gulf of Fonseca is not easy. Honduras has only a small entrance to the Pacific through the Gulf and so the different Gulf Islands are the source of conflicts between Honduras, El Salvador and partly also Nicaragua. Practically it is impossible to move between the Islands without military notice/permission. Therefore this was the most sensible part of the preparation. Cisco has managed this very diplomatically. We arranged all transportation and even accomodation with the Navy Base in La Union.
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Equipment

  • 2 * FT 890
  • 1 * TY 900 (homemade PA with 1*3CX800 or GU74ß tube;
        special designed for 110V and/or 230V net supply) tnx Sigi DL7DF
  • 1 * HF9V (Butternut 80-10m)
  • 1 * reflected W-beam (homemade 2 ele 20-10m)
  • 2 * notebook and controlled by UCX log (www.dl7ucx.de)
        one of the most powerful logging and contesting programs on the market and still freeware

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    Results

    HU1M
    mode / band 80m 40m 30m 20m 17m 15m 12m 10m 2m
    CW 474 677 402 31 178 121 132 20 0
    FONE 0 66 0 1659 94 1261 10 1188 7
    RTTY 0 0 0 216 0 0 0 0 0
    114 DXCC, 6536 QSO's

    multiple QSO's
    QSO's 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    calls 3853 717 282 65 15 6 2 1 1
    total (different) calls: 4942
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    HU1M / 3
    mode / band 80m 40m 30m 20m 17m 15m 12m 10m 2m
    CW 144 410 381 113 426 1300 257 199 0
    FONE 0 61 0 833 961 764 416 440 3
    RTTY 0 0 0 92 0 0 0 0 0
    90 DXCC, 6800 QSO's

    multiple QSO's
    QSO's 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    calls 3510 699 276 103 50 33 12 4 5 2 2
    total (different) calls: 4696
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    Our QSL cards

    Our QSL card for HU1M - El Salvador --> page  top

    Our QSL card for HU1M/3 - El Salvador, Meanguera Island (NA 190) --> page  top

    Useful Links for Radio Amateurs

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