April 19th, 2017 – Earlier today Charles M0OXO (9N7EI QSL manager), mailed all the OQRS requests and any Direct QSL requests to date. He has already started processing the Buro requests, but as these will be a ‘work in progress’ for the next few years….the mailing of these won’t begin until at least 3 months from now.
Not only that, we also uploaded our entire log to LoTW today too. From the 30,357 uploaded QSOs, we immediately got 13,777 matches which is an incredible 45% hit rate! Also, we have 108 DXCCs matched and so just for the novelty factor, we’ve applied for our 9N7EI DXCC !
1 month ago today we went QRT. To have all this much work completed within this short length of time is remarkable.
April 10th, 2017 – Special thanks to Paul M0YTT ( ex 2E1AYS) for producing another video for us. This latest video tells the whole 9N7EI adventure right from the beginning, and shows a collection of photographs and video footage taken from Nepal.
March 29th, 2017 – The QSL design for 9N7EI has now been completed and cards are currently being printed by UX5UO Print Shop.
We have a really nice 4 sided (Folding) Card which will be sent to all who have made a donation or requested a Direct Card via OQRS or Post Mail. This will stand out in any QSL card collection! A regular 2 sided card has also been produced which will be sent to all those requesting a Bureau Card.
March 24th, 2017 – Just a few days after our return home from Nepal, it’s like we were never away! At this point, the next stage of the DXpedition begins…replying to emails, log corrections, QSL design, Powerpoint presentations, magazine write-ups and we are even trying to put a DVD / video together, so you can relive our adventure with us!
March 19th, 2017 – 9N7EI went QRT earlier today at 10:45. Big celebrations all around, we reached our 30,000 target…..30,366 in fact…. just before a major power outage! We like to think we gave many a new band or mode or even All Time New One.
Logsearch is now on Clublog and our OQRS pages are now open. Please see https://9n7ei.com/logs-oqrs-qsl/ for full QSL information.
Final update in a few days. Thanks to all for your kind words of support.
vy 73 de 9N7EI team.
March 18th, 2017 – Now into our final hours of our operation. Despite constant power cuts, lightning storms and zero sunspots, we are still within reach of our 30,000 QSO target. Fingers crossed that ‘Murphy’ doesn’t make an appearance for the final hours!
Tonight is our last night on 160m. Tomorrow we begin the station tear down soon after sunrise, starting with the LF antennas. We are getting lots of emails of encouragement and kind words of support. We are glad that we are giving many a new ATNO or band/mode slot. Soon we will add a ‘Comments tab’ on this site and share these for all to see!
One NA station worked us as a ‘New One’ after 31 years! Another worked us as #200 DXCC on 160m. Over 800 NA stations now in the log.
We’ll do one more update when we QRT tomorrow as soon after, we’ll be beginning our 22 hour journey back to EI.
March 16th, 2017 – Just reached 20,000 QSOs so big celebrations! Over 50% of our QSOs are uniques and 125 DXCCs now worked. We are QRV on all bands from 160m to 10m, and are running 4 stations during peak times. Band conditions are poor however, so mostly only 2 bands are open at any one time. We are still trying hard to work our North American friends……signals are very small. Remember, try to call in the clear and spread out…you will have a better chance to get in the log!
20m only opens for around 8 hours a day, and we are still experiencing regular power outages. Infact earlier today, we were on generator power for over 6 hours.
All team members are meshing incredibly well together, we all have the same goal. We are now entering our final days of operating….and the team spirit is still high.
Next update on Saturday….tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day…..Nepali style 🙂
March 13th, 2017 – Over 11,000 QSOs in the log, with zero sunspots! All 4 stations can run during peak times, however, at night time only 2-3 bands are open. We are trying hard for North America, and are working on both SP and LP openings. There’s still a lot of demand for RTTY too. All the team are still highly motivated and are all focused on our 30,000 QSO target.
Also, 160m operations have begun.
We are getting some great comments and we appreciate every single one of them. Hopefully you’ll all be seeing a lot more of the EI DX Group!
March 11th, 2017 – 24 hours into operations now and everything/everyone is finding their groove! All stations are QRV. We’ve sorted a lot of our local noise sources and now have all 4 amplifiers on separate circuits. There’s still the occasional power outage but this is normal for Nepal. Thankfully, the lightening storms seem to have passed for now. WX here is very cold, and lots of rain. Seems like we left the good weather behind in EI 🙂
We are getting good signal reports and have already worked our DXCC from Nepal!
Earlier today we were visited by 4 members from the SK3BG radio club…SA3LUL, SA3TOA, SA3MAJ & SA3JIF….Great to meet you Guys and best wishes for your project in Nepal.
1st log upload will be sent to Charles later today. We thank you all for your kind words of support.
March 10th, 2017 – Team arrived safely yesterday after almost 24 hours of travelling. All 12 team members are motivated and station set up has already began. We have good views in all directions. Since our arrival, we have already experienced several power cuts and lightening storms!
Expect 1st signals in a few hours from now…..about noon UTC. Keep watching the photos page for regular picture updates.
March 4th, 2017 – Propagation tool added.
February 28th, 2017 – Finishing touches!
February 21st, 2017 – Earlier today we received great news….our requested 9N7EI callsign is confirmed and our licenses have now been issued.
The past few weeks has seen our station design, antenna construction and testing of our equipment….all 500KGs of it! The packing process has already begun as we are now counting down the days. Propagation is improving and very soon, we will be adding propagation charts to this site.
February 14th, 2017 – We have found a super new QTH….sited at 6,000′ ASL, we now have a full 360 degree panoramic view in all directions.
February 7th, 2017 – Our flight tickets arrived today. Everything is confirmed.
Special thanks to Paul 2E1AYS who made a preparation video for us. You can watch it here…
February 3rd, 2017 – We are delighted to have received a very generous donation from the IRTS. It’s great to have the support of our National Society behind us.
January 27, 2017 – Delighted to welcome Alain EI2KM to the group. He is a mixed mode operator and brings us back up to a 12 man team.
January 21, 2017 – Team meeting today. Station design and antenna plan decided and agreed on. Website now live and all major DX bulletins informed. The word is now out there. It’s no longer a secret. Exciting times ahead !
January 12, 2017 – Dates confirmed. Expect 1st signals sometime on the 10th March. We need to collect our license upon arrival from the MoIC office.
January 10, 2017 – Team confirmed, here are the 11 Echo India’s that will take Nepal by storm this coming March : EI2II, EI2JD, EI4GZB, EI5GM, EI5IQ, EI5IX, EI6FR, EI9FBB, EI9HQ, EI9HX & EI9KF.