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 d
e 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 ÿechnician License (Element 2) exam
44 ÿeneral License (Element 3) exam
5 þxtra 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
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.
David Collingham K3LP"