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QSL: LOTW (PREFERRED) / BURO VIA KE7KUS / DIRECT VIA KE7KUS

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Welcome!

This page is the home of T6KK, my DXpedition to Bagram, Afghanistan from December 2011 - February 2012. I normally operate in the United States as KE7KUS. Please visit that page for more information about me.

 

This DXpedition station has closed and I have returned to the USA. I have begun shipping out QSL cards, although my current work schedule makes this a slow process.  I am working diligently to get cards back to each of you who have QSL'ed...thank you for your patience and understanding!

 

 

 

QSL Info

 

QSL is OK via LOTW (my preferred method), orvia the buro (via KE7KUS) or direct mail to KE7KUS.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the poor connectivity to the Internet here, I will upload all electronic logs upon my return to the USA in March-April 2012. Your patience in this matter is greatly appreciated. For those QSLing via the buro, please QSL via KE7KUS. For those QSLing direct, please include two (2) green stamps and a typed/printed return address label, as well as an email address via which I can contact you if I have questions. For those QSLing with paper cards, I will have cards printed when I return to USA, so there may be some delay in your receipt of a card. Again, your patience in this matter is greatly appreciated.

 

Updates

17 January 2012

After much waiting (over 5 months!) my Afghanistan Amateur Radio License has been issued by the Afghanistan Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (ATRA). I can now get my station up and running!

19 January 2012

My station is up and operational! My antenna is a 135' OCF antenna in an inverted V configuration with the apex at 20'. My rig is a Yaesu FT-897D running 100W via an LDG Z-100 tuner. Due to siting of the antenna in close proximity to part of a metal structure and some metal fencing, initial indications are that operations will be limited to 40, 30, 17, 15, 12, and 10m. I will attempt adjusting the antenna in the next week or so to get it to tune 80m; however, antenna space is at a bit of a premium, so I'm skeptical of the results.

20 January 2012

Operations continued today exploring primarily the 15m and 10m bands. The QTH here is extremely noisy with QRM as the airfield is saturated with RF radiation from a large number of emitters. If you are trying to make contact, realize you are probably hearing me much better than I'm hearing you. Patience and operating etiquette towards other stations are both greatly appreciated.

22 January 2012

I have spent the last two days working the 12m band, as it seems to enjoy limited periods where the QRM level is not as severe as on other bands. That being said, the average noise level here is S7-S9 at most times, and there are frequent periods where the entire band is washed out with QRM for a minute or two. If you are attempting to work me and I go quiet for a minute, I am waiting for the QRM to subside so I can resume operations. Unfortunately, my work schedule here is rather unpredictable, so I am unable to post operating times and bands. I spend as much time at the station as possible to ensure as many stations as possible get a chance for QSO. I attempted working 15m, 20m, and 40m tonight with very limited success due to QRM. For all stations, thank you for your patience as I attempt to pick your calls out of the noise.

25 January 2012

I have experimented with tuning the antenna a bit and have had success on 30m, 17m, and even above 3.600Mhz in the 80m band. Unfortunately, the solar storm of the past two days has made conditions here very difficult for working. This coupled with the inherent QRM at the QTH on top of the general chaos of the pileups has significantly reduced my contact rate over the past two days. I'm working diligently to make as many contacts as possible. Again, many thanks for your patience while on the air!

26 January 2012

A little more work on 12m, 15m and 40m today, although conditions were not great. Please listen carefully when I ask for a call. There were several cases today of folks continuing to call when I was asking for a call with an entirely different prefix. I am deliberately taking the time to pick some of the weaker and QRS stations to also give those stations a chance to make contacts. This may require patience while I work to copy the call and exchange. Please adhere to the DX Code of Conduct when attempting contact. I am using the Clublog service and am able to upload ADIF files to that server periodically, so you do not have to wait until I return to the USA to see if you are "in the log." If you made contact with me, please feel free to use the Clublog checker at the top of this page to see if you made the log. If you find that you are not in the log and should be, please email me at the email listed on this QRZ page and send me the details of the contact and I will check my backup paper log to see if I missed or mistyped an entry. Also, please visit the Clublog homepage and consider contributing financially to support this outstanding service!

28 January 2012

A very nice opening on 12m made for an enjoyable 2 hours this afternoon. Thanks to all who attempted contact. It has been brought to my attention by Eric, T6MO, that Afghanistan is not currently implementing IARU regulations for operations on HF. Unfortunately, this means that operations on 30m are not authorized by the ATRA. As such, I am unable to confirm any contacts made to date on 30m, and will be unable to work 30m from this point on. If you made contact on 30m, please accept my apologies as I was unaware of the restriction, and thanks to Eric, T6MO, for passing along the information.

31 January 2012

Many thanks to all who worked the 15m pileup yesterday morning! I ended up logging over 100 contacts in a one hour period. Today I began having some issues with my keyer, which will probably require a battery replacement before the end of the week. If you are not sure I copied your call correctly, please check Clublog. If you think your call should be in there, but isn't, please email me and include the UTC time and frequency and I will check the log. I have also been having issues connecting to the Internet from my logging laptop. Troubleshooting is in progress; however, Clublog uploads will not be possible until I get the issue corrected.

This should go without saying, but apparently needs to be said anyway: If you are not in the log, I cannot confirm a two-way contact. If you would like to send a SWL card, I will gladly send you a card in return; however, I will not confirm a two-way contact unless you and I exchange signal reports and callsigns, at a minimum.

2 February 2012

Thanks to all who attempted contact on 17m today. Band conditions were a little rough here, so your patience, as always, was appreciated. I think I have made successful repairs to my paddles, although I hope to test things out more fully tomorrow.

I have received several requests for visits to QRZ pages so that individuals may collect Afghanistan flags on their flag counters. Although I am happy to attempt this, my efforts thus far have proven unsuccessful due to the fact that my Internet connectivity is made available through satellite, and the ISP's block of IP addresses is registered to one or more countries in the EU. As such, my visits to your QRZ pages do not add an Afghanistan flag, but rather a flag from one or more countries in the EU. If anyone knows of a way around this limitation, please email me using the address above.

3 February 2012

Thanks to all who worked on 12m, 15m, and 17m today.All threebands were relatively strong for about an hour each late in the afternoon here. I tried 20m for a while following the 17m work, but signals were very weak, and the QRM level here was S9+. I have tried working 40m in the evenings and late night with some success; however, not nearly as much as higher band work during the day. I have adjusted the antenna as much as possible based on current conditions, and can get it to resonate around 3.625-3.635MHz, so I may try working 80m CW there several nights this week. I peridically work40m PSK-31 around 7.035MHzlater in the evenings, for those who need digital mode contacts.

10 April 2012

I have returned to the United States! I am currently in the process of refining my logbook entries from the trip and hope to have those uploaded in the next three weeks. I am finalizing the QSL card design and should have it off to the printers before the end of the month. Thank you to all who have already QSL'ed via direct! I have your cards and will send out returns as soon as I get the cards back from the printer. Thanks to all stations who worked me during my time operating in Afghanistan. It was a tremendous operating experience, and each of you made it the success that it was. Stay tuned here for updates as I make progress on getting QSL's back to you!

14 April 2012

The T6KK logbook has been uploaded to LOTW as of 1845Z today. Thanks to the more than 300 stations who have already QSL'ed via LOTW!

29 May 2012

The QSL card design has been finalized and is off to the presses by early next week! Thanks to all who have been patiently waiting for their paper QSL's. Progress is being made & your patience is appreciated!

 

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