Here are some news from the DXpedition. Sorry for no updates last days – the website admin was vey busy with his personal matters.
Some days ago there was a power failure on the whole Island. In this way we had some hours to do some sightseeing and shopping. We went to Victoria, the capital of Seychelles. We could find a “Tyskie” beer in one of the local shops (however most of them were closed because of the power failure) – “Tyskie” is a Polish beer, very common in Poland.
We also visited a farm of giant tortoises. They were eating from our hands.
As you can see on the picture below we have fresh fruits all the time. In general we noticed that food prices are very similar to prices we know from Poland.
We received many nice comments: via emails, on bands and on clusters. Thank you! Thanks also for all support we are receiving. We are doing our best to use all propagation openings and to be active for all possible directions.
We again had some problems with our transistor power amplifiers (we have two such PAs). The third PA is made on GU50 tubes and this one works without any failures. This tube PA was made by Andy SP8BRQ – great thanks for his help and such a solid construction.
Our area here is limited and some antennas are to close to one another. It makes interference problems in some situations but in general it is not bad.
We had a strong rain some days ago and suddenly everything was wet. It made some problems to our antenna wires but everything works fine again now.
Thanks to our host, Brian, we had had a meeting with Mr. Alain St. Ange, the Minister of Tourism and Culture of Seychelles. During this short visit we told about our group and about HAM Radio and DXpeditions in general. We also told about the role of HAM radio in the situation of disasters (in this about the role of HAM radio during the Tsunami on Andamans some years ago). We gave our DXpedition polo-shirt to Mr. Ange. Geat thanks to Brian, our host, for the organization of that meeting. It was a great chance to promote our great hobby.
Our host agreed to place Polish flag on the mast in our QTH. It is placed under the flag of Seychelles according to local regulations. We were promised that Polish flag will be placedon the mast every time Polish tourists will visit Ville Koket. Great idea. On the other side we know that we did some promotion for the Ville Koket and we know that the next group of Polish tourists will visit the place soon and possibly the next DXpedition.
Now almost every DXpedition member wants to have a picture with S7 and SP flags in the background…. OK, with flags and beautiful S7 girls 😉
Every day we receive help and assistance from people working at the Ville Koket. Sometimes it is possible to talk about HAM Radio, explain some aspects of our hobby and finally to let local people listen to HAM bands. We feel that besides operating on bands it is always very important to create a friendly realtionship, to create good atmosphere for HAM Radio, to make people positively perceive our hobby.
Last night we were on 40 meters SSB and on 30 meters CW. On 30 meters we were using only 100 Watts but it was still possible to work many North America stations, including West Coast ones. Ryszard SP6FXY – RTTY/SSB operator – usually operates using 100 Watts only and every time he has big pile-ups.
In the meantime it passed half of the time of our S79SP DXpedition. At the half-way point we had over 33k QSOs in our log.