in 1995 I VISIT JORDAN WITH ISRAELI GROUP FOR PROJECT - ONE YEAR TO IRAELI-JORDANIAN PEACE .OPERATORS:4X6ZK,4X4DK,4X6KJ,4X6RE,4X6TT . WE USE the calls : JY74X in amman and JY74Z in mount NEBO. (my own call jy8ww) IN THE PICTURE :
JY1/His Majesty "JY1 KING HUSSEIN BIN TALAL" and 4Z4DX/Dov http://www.papays.com/jy74x.html
*CONTEST: FIRST IN WORLD ZC4DX 1987 ON 80M CQWW CW
*FIRST IN WORLD 4Z8DX 1988 ON 20M CQWW CW
*FIRST IN ASIA 4X0G 2006 M/S CQWW CW http://www.cqww.com/records_cw_asia.htm
*CLUBS : HSC-1680 EPC#025 30MDG#676 IOTA- H.R.#1084 WFF-logsearch.wwff.co
*D X C C - Honor Roll, 10-BAND-DXCC, 5-BAND-WAS, 10 BAND WAZ
*RDA-2000 ,CWops-175, WAB 11922
*IOTA EU-52 SV8 ZAKINTOSH ISL IOTA CONTEST J 4 8 D O V
SECOND PLACE 12H LP IN JULY 2004 IOTA CONTEST.
*HB0/M0DOV - LICHTENSHTEIN SIX METER DXPEDITION IN JUNE 2004.
*ZC4DX - EPISKOPI CONTEST TRIP IN 1987 STILL FIRST ASIA CW RECORD ON 80M.
*LOGSEARCH for 4Z4DX ,4X0AI-AS-100, 9N7DX-RTTY and 4Z17A-(17 MACCABIA GAMES ) :
*SV5/N1OAK and SV5/M0DOV- RHODES EU-001
*EA6DX/EA4GT - GUEST OP . IN 1994 EU-004
*ZC4DX / 5B4XX AS-004
*VU3DOV/VU2RBQ LIGHTHOUSE IND-121 near TRAVINDRUM WITH DJ9RQ
other trips to: ZF2IB TL8DX 9A8DOV VU3DOV TA4/4Z4DX OZ0DOV 4O7DX W3LPL 4L9DX ON4UN/ON5NT G4WMP/M0DOV E44/IZ7ATN OD5MA(1982) SU/4Z4DX (1973) JY8WW SM/4Z4DX DL3SCZ VK3JDX VU2SWS/VU2BGS/VU2ZAP TA2DS/TA1E
9N7DX - NEPAL DXPEDITION 2003 STORY WITH MY SON 4Z5DX AND MY XYL 9N7YL:
Dov Gavish 4Z4DX is licenced since 1968 and is the second generation of Hams in the family. His father was 4X4VB,an active SSTV operator in his days and son Matan is 4Z5DX!!
In 1999, I met Bill 9N7ZK in the IARU convention in Tel Aviv. I had always wanted to operate from Nepal in memory of Father Moran, 9N1MM, an old friend. I also wanted to be the first to make a QSO in 6 mtr from Nepal and operate RTTY and SSTV. Plus of course, have a vacation with the entire family. So I started working on the plan.
In February 2003 I applied for the call sign 9N7DX to the Ministry of Commerce in Nepal and received the basic confirmation from Satish, 9N1AA. I then contacted my friend IZ8CCW from the MDXC Club in Italy of which I am a member and asked him to help me design a Website which would represent my activities and frequencies and 1 daily sched for everyone on 14.195 at 1500 GMT.
I finally left Tel Aviv for Kathmandu via Mumbai on the 21st of April 2003. I met my good friend Sarla, VU2SWS in Mumbai and spent the day with her, sightseeing and visiting her shack and family. On the 21st evening I was finally in Kathmandu! Hugo,9N7YJ and my son Mat,4Z5DX received me at the airport and we headed for the Hotel in Thamel where we put up a tower with 4 different dipole antennas and we were all set for the action.
But the beginning was not that easy. The procurement of the licence was long and tedious. I had to go from one official to another, from the bank to the ministry and it took a good 4 days for it all to end. During this period I traveled around the Kathmandu area.
Finally on the 26th of April 2003, I was on air!!! The pileup was tremendous from all over the world. So much so, that I had to call by the numbers in the call signs, to cope. I operated split and worked SSB on 28.495, 21.295 and 14.195. Every one hour I worked RTTY after giving sufficient notice and operated split, 2-10 up. Late in the evening when conditions deteriorated, we operated CW at 40 wpm.We faced the problem of electricity failures. Also, conditions in Nepal were limited between 9.30z to 21.00z.
My first weekend, I spent with Bill, 9N7ZK and his wife in their palatial house in Kathmandu where I was given 5 star hospitality and I had the opportunity to operate from his shack with a beam antenna. As soon as I put up the 6 mtr antenna which I had bought with me, I had a contact with VK8MS, VR2XMT and lots of Japanese!!! In fact my first QSO on SSTV was with JA0SC. After I clocked about 3000 QSOs, I took a break .
My son Matan and I headed for the mountains. We trekked for 5 days through the mountains after flying to a point 3000 ft up. I flew in a small aircraft with 9N as its number!! The terrain was breathtaking and we stopped for “chai” every hour and walked for a minimum of 8 hrs every day. On the last day we had a good soak in the hot springs. We then went river rafting in Pokhara before finally returning to Kathmandu and working the radio.
After working for another 4000 QSOs , we decided to call it a day and prepared to head for home.
Looking back, there are a few pointers for my ham friends who may want to work dx from Nepal.
1) The price of a licence in Nepal is very high. Its around 50$ per band. 2) The licencing process is very slow and valuable time is lost. 3) Kathmandu is not a good location to operate on lower bands.
It is better to go closer to the Tibetian border in northern Nepal. But the conditions are open for only short periods of time. And linears have to be used.
On the positive side, I was so happy to meet many of my Ham friends since the last 30 yrs on the air from this rare location and I was pleased that I gave them a new RTTY country. I had a fantastic time with Bill and Jennifer who were most cooperative and perfect hosts. They are moving out of Kathmandu soon as Bill’s tenure there is over. The Nepalese people are helpful and polite and are happy in their own little world in the mountains, where their basic needs are taken care of. It was great to work the radio with my son who is a great CW operator. Even though conditions towards N.America were not good, I managed to work some old friends like W3UR, K0BX and worked many new countries on RTTY. As I worked with the system of numbers, I was able to get through to QRP stations and also stations without big antennas or linears. I know that many of them were working 9N7 after ages.
My total tally: RTTY 1650 QSOs 6mtr SSB & CW 253 QSOs SSB all bands 3200 QSOs CW all bands 3500 QSOs