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General information

Callsigns: 3C1L (Equatorial Guinea) and 3C0L (Annobon)
Dates: From October 9 to yet unknown date, 2017

Please use the menu above to navigate our page for more details and follow the latest DX-pedition news below.


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News and status

October 20 - Update

QSO statistics so far:

Band	CW/SSB
160	1267
80	1384
40	2111
30	1114
20	2640/411
17	2678/1014
15	3526/1194
12	1232/772
10	48
Total	19391 (16000+3391)
Sun is frying, no water to wash. Minor rain on a night before yesterday.


October 19 - Update

17 000 QSOs in the log. Today upper bands opened. Around 800 QSOs in the log on 12 m band so far and 50 on 10m band.

We are stuck on the island. Thus 3C0L operation is extended until October 23rd. Tickets for our return home flight became useless.


October 17 - Update

10:20 GMT

Around 900 QSOs logged on 160m band tonight. In total around 10 000 QSOs in the log. Spare K3 is sent out from Latvia. Costs nearly half of human ticket.

We are getting questions about the date of planned return to 3C1L. Yuris has not answered this question yet. He says that tickets are booked and that getting to Annobon was problematic. Getting back to Malabo (3C1L) will not be easier. Initial plan was to fly home to Latvia on October 23rd. That's all we know. Will update as soon as we know more.

Below recording of 3C0L 160m operation made by IZ0AIS


October 16 - Update

19:00 GMT

Yuris asks - please stop calling if you already have QSO in the log on the same band and mode. Those having 3 or more QSOs in the same band & mode slot will not receive QSL.

Log will be uploaded in best case after return to Malabo.

Power supply is fixed. K3 is not. Spare one will be sent, hopefully will arrive until 3C1L operation will resume.

13:00 GMT

There are good and bad news. Bad news - joy with 2 simultaneous stations was short, yesterday one power supply and K3 failed. Good news - this morning they visited governor and got their passports back. During the night 1300 QSOs on 40m band were logged. In total around 8000 QSOs in the log.


October 15 - Update 19:00 GMT

6000 QSOs in the log. Additional vertical antenna for 20, 30, 15m bands is erected and 2nd generator is rented. So 2 simultaneous signals 100W each are possible on the air during day time. However the 2nd generator also generates solid noise. Not on the bands, but in real life. Doors are kept open because of heat (no A/C).


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October 15 - Update 09:00 GMT

Yuris asks: Do not call us if you don't hear us! Around 4200 QSOs are in the log so far. Yesterday were focusing on 15m band. During the night they were active on 80m band, made 750 QSOs there. Had some minor issues with antenna. Then moved to 20m in the morning, now some 17m activity. Plan to be ready on Top-Band next night and also be ready for RTTY. Locals are very friendly and helpful. Everything is OK, except some minor sun burns got during antenna set-up and also problems with water supply.

Again couple recording of 3C0L made by WX0V


October 14 - Update

12:40 GMT SMS from Yuris: Power generator failed. Were running on 15m band CW with 100 W. That was the maximum power that the generator could handle. In the evening after 6 PM (local time, which is GMT+1) hopefully will have mains voltage again. Good news - they got some tap water. Sun is frying.

Soonest upload to Clublog could happen when they come back from Annobon. There is no Internet on the island. But as you understand there are bigger challenges than Internet. For example - electricity and water :)

WX0V recording of 3C0L approximately 6 hours after the start of the operation:


October 13 - Update

Update 21:00 GMT: Yuris sent another SMS - they apologise for the disruptions in running the pile-up, but voltage keeps jumping 120-180 V and transceiver switches off. They do their best in the given circumstances


Friday 13th around 17:30 GMT 3C0L hit the airwaves on 14029 kHz. Yuris sent SMS saying that mains voltage varies between 130-180 V and transceiver switches off. This explains a bit messy first minutes (pauses, jumping to RX frequency and doing simplex for short time) and also explains distorted signal tone time to time. Thus, they can't run full power. Also as soon as they put up low band vertical some local approached and asked to pay. So low band antenna is not tuned. Meanwhile Kaspars will run on upper bands. Tomorrow will think what to do.


October 11 - Update

First part of the DX-pedition's diary can be found here. It covers days up to October 8th.


Regarding the current status - SMS from Yuris says that they are in Annobon. Their passports are taken away. Tomorrow is national holiday. Governor is not speaking with them. In the best case they might be on the air on Friday 13th. QTH is OK, but could be more space for antennas. From 6:00 to 18:00 there is no electricity. Also sounds like there they can't get to Internet. So Clublog uploads are under question.


October 10 - Update

On October 9 evening 3C1L was activated from the hotel in Malabo downtown using simple vertical antenna. They made around 1500 QSOs. On October 10 they packed hardware and went to the airport to catch the scheduled flight to Annobon. But due to stormy weather flight to Annobon was postponed to October 11 morning. Tickets are in pockets. So on October 11 early morning they will fly to Annobon and continue from there as 3C0L. Further plans are not known yet


October 9 - Update

Finally licenses for 3C0L and 3C1L are successfully received. Yuris is looking if there are soon any flights to Annobon. If available they will start operations from there.


October 6 - Update

License fees paid. But license... "Monday...". If on Monday license will be obtained and flight to 3C0 will be available, then will go to 3C0 on Tuesday and start from there.


October 5 - Update

Again "Tomorrow..."


October 4 - Update

Meeting ended again with "Tomorrow...". In a mean time guys are looking for suitable place for QTH. In this city they say there is none. Tomorrow will go and look for it further away. Next available flight to 3C0 is promised to be on October 12.


October 3 - Update

Yuris and Kaspars have successfully reached 3C. Today they had meeting with authorities to obtain the license. Tomorrow one more meeting is scheduled. Let's hope for positive news.


September 30 - Initial news

Yuris/YL2GM - team leader of two successful past DX-peditions (EP2A, S21ZEE/S21ZED) - and Kaspars/YL3AIW in October 2017 plan to be on the air from Bioko island, Equatorial Guinea (prefix 3C, Clublog's most wanted #44 as of September 2017, IOTA AF-010) and Annobon (prefix 3C0, most wanted #30, IOTA AF-039). They will arrive to Equatorial Guinea in the evening of October 2nd. The next days they will deal with the formalities to obtain callsigns and license. Their flight back home is scheduled on October 23.


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