OPDX Bulletin 1039.1 December 5, 2011

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1039.1
BID: $OPDX.1039.1
December 5, 2011
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network and K3LP for the following DX information.

ET3, ETHIOPIA (ET3AA Youth Development Project; DX-Pedition 2011).
Dave Collingham, K3LP, sent the following press release to OPDX on December 4th (edited):

"Members of our team will depart Washington Dullas Airport in Virginia on Wednesday morning, December 7, 2011, headed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where we will be greeted by Sid May (ET3SID). See http://www.k3lp.com/et3aa_december_2011.htm for additional information and updates.

Our team will include David Collingham (K3LP - Team Leader), Paul Ewing (N6PSE), Al Hernandez (K3VN) and Bill Beyer Jr. (N2WB). My good friend Krassy Petkov (K1LZ) informed me today that his participation is not possible due to a serious health issue with his father in Bulgaria. Our prayers are with you Krassy.

The duration of this trip will be 8:30 AM December 8, 2011, through 10:30 PM, December 13, 2011.

The primary goal of the trip is related to Youth Development at the Addis Ababa University - Institute of Technology. Fifty-eight (58) students have been studying to take the US FCC Amateur Radio License exams since my last visit in August 2011. Student numbers taking the tests by type are:
 58 = Technician License (Element 2) exam
 44 = General License (Element 3) exam
  5 = Extra License (Element 4) exam

Our team will administer the examinations in accordance with the ARRL's VEC requirements for Volunteer Examiners (VEs). David Collingham (K3LP) will be the VE Team Liaison on this trip with Paul (N6PSE), Al (K3VN) and Bill (N2WB) participating as Volunteer Examiners.

The tests will be conducted at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday, December 10, 2011. Another session will be held on Monday, December 12, 2011, for retests and General/Extra Class license exams. Our team members will sponsor and pay 100% of student exam fees.

The other goals with this trip are:
 b) Creation of "University of Addis Ababa - Technology Incubation Program (TIP)"
 c) Low Band Antenna Installation (160 & 80 Meters) at University
 d) Activate ET3AA and ET3SID on 160M thru 6 Meters using CW and SSB

There are only two radios (one at the university and one at Sid's home) for use during this trip. The legal authorization to bring additional equipment into the country requires the Ethiopian government security approval prior to entry. Future trips will involve bring additional equipment that can be donated to students.

Our team will operate from Sid May's QTH using the call sign ET3SID and from the university using the call ET3AA call sign. Look for us on 160 thru 6 Meters using CW and SSB. I'll work with students to install 160 Meter vertical and 80 Meter four square antennas during this trip. All antenna, coax, control cable, four square box, etc. supplies will be donated to the club.

QSL Manager for ET3AA and ET3SID for this trip only: N2OO (Bob Schenck) Please do not merge other QSL requests for QSO's you've made with ET3SID and ET3AA in the same envelop not related to this trip. Bob will only have the logs for the ET3AA and ET3SID for Dec. 8-13, 2011. Thank you!

We look forward to working you from Ethiopia.

Sincerely,
David Collingham K3LP"

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