THANK YOU !!!
We would like to express our thank to the DX-community
worldwide for the cooperation and understanding we were able to notice during
the 8 days of our DX operation.
We thank all of you for your kind words both in
e-mails and on the air. Thank you also for the nice comments you made in our
guestbook, which showed us that we were on the right way. You were one part of
the success this operation had.
More than 24’000 QSOs were established, of which 48% with
EU, 30% with W/K and 19% with JA. That's
almost one W/K after every 2 EU throughout the whole operation. A difficult
task, since many EU stations were terribly angry with our NA calls. But we are
happy that many W/K stations were able to work us, especially the W6/7 stations
we could provide a new country. The pileups were big and never let up and it was
a pleasure to work DX signals from all over the world. We tried the best
we could to work all the bands. It was frustrating at times to know that many
desired us to be on a particular band/mode at specific times. We simply
could not be everywhere and tried our best to balance the operation.
We would like to thank the
Information & Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) in Mauritius for making
this operation possible.
This expedition was planned as a low-budget operation
with a minimum of sponsoring.
So we want to thank all of our equipment sponsors; your
equipment worked without any problem. The Elecraft equipment with three
K3-transceivers and two KPA500-amps did an excellent job: everybody of the team
was happy with the superior performance of this station configuration.
And to the foundations, clubs and individuals who
helped us, we are most appreciative of your generosity. We especially
appreciated the help and support from our “home” Swiss DX Foundation.
Résidence Foulsafat about 30 m over the sea level and 400 m away from the Indian
Ocean gave us plenty of room for antennas and was perfect. A warm
thank you goes to our hosts Antoinette and Benoît Jolicoeur. We felt like home.
It was a pleasure staying with you.
The QSL cards will be printed soon. Please
follow the links for QSL and online QSL information.
The operators were hams, not machines, so we ask you
to understand, that we were not faultless, as well as you aren’t.
We are very proud of our team as they
performed remarkably well under all conditions. Installing antennas by strong winds due to
cyclone Anais passing close was quite a challenge, even having no damage during
the first two days of the operation. They never complained about the job and
working the endless pileups was a pleasure for them. Every team member
experienced some type of problem at time or another, but fortunately we didn’t
have any serious problem that we couldn’t manage. Everyone
is home and fine now.
We want to express our thanks to our two team
members who stayed at home. Sébastien, HB9ICC, our pilot station and Jacky,
3B8CF, coordination in Mauritius. You were an important part of the operation.
We trust you all had as much
fun working us as we did getting those 24,000 contacts into the log.
Again thank you all for
your support and Ham Spirit, we really appreciated.
Michel, HB9BOI, leader
Herbert, HB9BOU, co-leader