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Qsl cards - take a look

Thu, 30 Aug 2007 09:54:03 UTC by Webmaster

Most of the direkt qsl's are send out now ,the "Buro" cards will be handed over this weekend to the clubs qsl manager.

Please let us some feedback if you receive your card(s)

Want to know what to look forward to ? Take a look at the QSL-info page

Kind regards Eric,on4ln/tz2t

QSL Cards arrived

Sat, 25 Aug 2007 08:12:06 UTC by Stefaan Burger

The QSL cards arrived finally!

We know that a lot of you are waiting for them, but it will be worthwile.

73 Stefaan


Mon, 16 Apr 2007 10:33:46 UTC by Eric Lauwers


The Mali2007 crew would like to thank all those who take the effort to work us.

The qsl cards will be printed in the comming weeks,so those who send qsl direct

be patient, as soon as they are printed you will receive your cards.

 Kind regards




Welcome home

Mon, 9 Apr 2007 08:44:52 UTC by Webmaster

"By believing in his dreams, a man turns them into reality"
- Hergé, Belgian writer

The Radio Club Leuven welcomes back the four members of the Mali 2007 DXpedition who went on an adventure not unlike Tintin's.
They showed us that the spiritual father of Tintin had it right.

Welcome back guys.

The voyage home (updated 8:45 UTC)

Sun, 8 Apr 2007 22:56:27 UTC by Webmaster

Update 8:45 UTC

The team has managed to catch an earlier train from Paris to Brussels and have already arrived in Leuven. 



Update 8:00 UTC

Flight AF791 has landed early at Charles De Gaulle Airport




Air France flight 791 has departed Bamako Airport on time.

The DXpedition-team is expected to land at Paris, Charles De Gaulle Airport at 6:02 local time.

There the team will take a high-speed-train to Brussels-South Railway-station where they will be expected at around 16:00 local time.

The team is expected to arrive in their hometown of Leuven somewhere between 16:30 and 17:00 hours.

Closing down

Sun, 8 Apr 2007 12:14:58 UTC by Eric Lauwers

Hello all, we just  closed down the last station, we have updated the logs with the exception of the digital logs this will be put online asap.

Thanks to all who did the effort to contact us .

Kind regards from the Mali 2007 Team.


Logs online !

Sat, 7 Apr 2007 10:36:03 UTC by Stefaan Burger

During todays power failure we took the time to put the logs online.

However, the logs for the digital modes are not included, nor the first hours of operation of TZ4T. Logs need to be merged with main log and we will do that later.


CU de TZ4T

Another update

Sat, 7 Apr 2007 10:18:15 UTC by Stefaan Burger

Yesterday we spent some time to erect a 6m antenna and hope to make some qso's on this band too.

We also activated digital modes (BPSK and RTTY)

We do not receive anything on 160m so we do not spend any more time on it. Too bad!

Today we will do more digital modes.

While I am writing this, we have another power failure. We have them several times a day :-(

CU de TZ4T

Exciting news !!!

Thu, 5 Apr 2007 22:18:44 UTC by Stefaan Burger

Yesterday, Bart fulfilled all local requirements and obtained his license  !

He will use the call TZ3T.

Furthermore he is the only one, and probably the only TZ-amateur, with a 6m license!

We have a 6m vertical and he will try to listen occasionally on 6m.

Today we had nice pile ups on 14, 12 and 10m. This morning we also made some qso's on 40 and 80m. The signals that we receive on the low bands from EU are very very weak.

Tomorrow morning we will be active on 160, 80 and 80m around 0500 utc. With our experience of the past day we have little hope to make much qso's on 160m. Let's hope that we are wrong.

cu de TZ4T



Wed, 4 Apr 2007 09:40:29 UTC by Stefaan Burger

Despite the fact that , in general, signals from EU are weak, we have had nice pile-ups on 20, 17 and 15m.

We spend our second night on the low bands. Only 40m seems to work reasonable at sunrise here. Few qso's on 80m (only south of europe) and none on 160m (yet).

Last night we had a power failure and had to stop operations for half the night.

Let's hope that tonight will be better on the low bands...

cu de TZ4T

Night 1

Tue, 3 Apr 2007 08:37:53 UTC by Stefaan Burger

The first night passed, we are now more than 12 hours on the air.

The only band that showed good propagation was 20m. On the low bands, signals where very weak last night. This morning we heard a lot of EU stations on 40 and 80m but no reply on our calls. We switched back to 20m, CW, where propagation to EU started around 0500 UTC.

Let's hope that propagation improves

cu de TZ4T

Setup is finished !!!

Mon, 2 Apr 2007 17:43:42 UTC by Stefaan Burger

By now we finished installing the antennas.

We already did some short tests on 20m and enjoyed the pile-up.

Tonight we will be active on 20m and the low bands. Cu there!

Setting up (update 17:15 UTC)

Mon, 2 Apr 2007 09:45:01 UTC by Webmaster

Update 17:15 UTC

The equipment is ready.

The setup was delayed because of the high temperatures.

The team has confirmed they will be making QSO's on the low bands this evening.



The hometeam received a message from de DXpedition stating that they are busy setting up all the equipement. With temperatures already reaching 36°C this may take a few hours.

Keep listening.

3...2...1...Departure (updated 20:39 UTC)

Sun, 1 Apr 2007 10:55:22 UTC by Webmaster

Update 20:39 UTC

Flight AF796 has landed at Bamako Airport.



Update 15:00 UTC

Air France flight AF796 has departed Charles de Gaulle airport. The team is now on it's way to Bamako



At 12:15 local time the team boarded the high-speed-train that will take them to Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France. There they will take an Air France flight to Bamako, Mali.

The team is in great spirits and were joking and trying to pull April-fools-pranks on eachother. They looked like a group of schoolchildren going on a fieldtrip.

The home-team wishes them a good trip and a great DXpedition.


Click the pictures below for a larger version.


Waiting for the train to arrive.


The information-sign says 'Do no embark'




Ready for take off

Fri, 30 Mar 2007 07:46:26 UTC by Eric Lauwers

This evening we will have our last meeting just to syncronize some things.

I will already say thanks to our XYL's to give us the "go for it".

Also I will say thanks to all our sponsors (you still can donate via the Paypal link)

Hope to meet you all in the pile ups .

Kind regards es cu on the air.



Our departure is nearby

Tue, 27 Mar 2007 16:41:11 UTC by Stefaan Burger

Two weeks ago we tested the antennas and set up the stations.

Last weekend a part of the hardware has been packed.

We are counting down...We all are very excited to go!

Our preparation is nearly completed...

Wed, 31 Jan 2007 20:02:09 UTC by Stefaan Burger

By now all the necessary paperwork has been completed.

The flights are booked and we received our passports and visa.

Most of the material is here. In februari we will have a dry run of the stations.


TZ4T eQSL.cc Authenticity Guaranteed

Wed, 13 Dec 2006 16:06:38 UTC by Stefaan Burger

Today TZ4T was Authenticity Guaranteed on eQSL.cc

The account was created yesterday and also the application was done yesterday. Today we received the mail with the approval!

 eQSL.cc users will now be able to get a new country confirmed on eQSL.cc


73 Stefaan

Licenses arrived

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 16:14:52 UTC by Eric Lauwers

28/11 We just received the licenses we will be active as :

ON5CD --> TZ1T

ON4LN --> TZ2T

ON4FG --> TZ4T

Licences expected

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 20:53:35 UTC by Eric Lauwers
The licenses are ready in Mali, and will be handed over next wednesday (29/11)