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Author Topic: Myanmar XZ operation  (Read 11449 times)
K7KB
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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2012, 10:41:04 AM »


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Simon, you will surely know the ingratitude of the amateur community.

LOL  Grin Naw, that would never happen! Smiley

John K7KB
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HS0ZIB
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2012, 06:54:28 PM »

Paul and Gene, my own feeling is that 'normal' amateur radio activity in Myanmar is still a long way off.  My efforts have only paid off after 12 months of lobbying (which didn't seem to achieve much actually).  The breakthrough came only after I actually moved to live in Myanmar - and undertaking of voluntary/humanitarian work.

I am in Thailand today, but should be back in Myanmar from next Monday...

Simon

PS - still waiting more my web-site DNS to propagate
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EI9JU
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« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2012, 03:21:16 PM »

Myanmar.....never heard of it, but Burma, now that's a different story Wink
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HS0ZIB
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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2012, 06:08:56 PM »

OK - my web-site DNS has propagated, so here is the announcement!

Amateur radio operation from XZ land

This is NOT a DXpedition station, but a (hopefully) permanent station that is operated by HS0ZIB, who works in Myanmar as a volunteer for provision of educational and humanitarian aid. (please visit my charity web-site at www.myanmarteachers.org)

For full details of my tentative band plan and schedule, and how you can receive a commemorative QSL for your amateur radio QSO or your SWL report, please visit my web-site at www.xz1k.org

My original plan was to try for a DXpedition, and I spent about 9 months in fruitless correspondence with the Myanmar authorities from my base in south Thailand, close to the Myanmar border.

Then I considered a longer-term plan to actually construct a small hotel and amateur radio room in south Myanmar.  (That plan is still 100% on the table, but it's a longer-term project)

Finally, I started travelling to Myanmar every week, in my quest for this authorisation.  Those trips also opened up my eyes to the educational and humanitarian needs of the people of Myanmar.  In agreement with my wife, I decided to split my time between Thailand and Myanmar, travelling to and fro each week and working in Myanmar as a volunteer English and Thai language teacher at the local primary schools.

My presence in Myanmar also helped me to make some new contacts and to enquire again about getting authorisation to operate a 'low-key' ham station from the country.  That authorisation was then surprisingly easy to obtain, with the callsign of XZ1K (K stands for Kawthaung which is the town where I am located). But the emphasis by the authorities was on this 'low-key' stle of operation, with no team of operators, no large antennas, no high power etc. Hopefully, it will be possible in the future to expand my han operations in Myanmar.

So the status right now is that I've set up a dedicated web-site at www.xz1k.org which details my operating plans and QSL route.

My web-page on QRZ.com is just awaiting mods approval...

Initially, I mentioned in previous posts that operation would only be made using PSK31, however it is very likely that I will commence using SSB and then also operate in PSK31 mode (not at the same time...)

Operation will initially be made only on 10 meters (SSB only), 20 meters (SSB and PSK), possibly 40 meters (SSB and PSK).  I currently have no 6 meter equipment and need to build some wire antennas for the low bands. CW operation may follow when my morse rate is adequate!

Operation has to fit in with my volunteer work and regular trips to/from Thailand

I will attempt to upload all QSOs to my online log in near real-time (I am near enough to Thailand to receive their mobile phone networks)

I will not use LOTW or eQSL or any bureau.  Verification of logged QSOs and for SWL reports will only be made via OQRS. 

I will use Paypal and/or credit/debit card online payment to cover postage costs and a small, optional donation towards my social enterprise in Myanmar - see www.myanmarteachers.org. You do not need a Paypal account to use the OQRS, but you need a credit/debit card.  If you do not have this, then please ask a friend to make the payment for you.  I also appreciate any direct donations made via MyanmarTeachers.org

QSL cards will be printed in due course, and will indicate whether it is for a confirmed QSO or for a SWL report.  Please do not worry if there is a delay in receiving your QSL card - I need to get these printed and then mailed out from Thailand.

Please do not treat this like a DXpedition!  I intend to work in Myanmar as long as I can, and so you have time to try for a QSO.

I will usually operate in split mode, typically up 5.  Please respect the DX Code of Good Conduct

Please keep your QSOs with me short - give others a chance to make a contact

I hope to do some initial operations within the next few days - best of luck to all for a QSO (but absolutely do not worry if you cannot hear my signal - I will get to know my new QTH and experiment to find the best set-up/antennas for getting my signal out).  I'm sure my signals will be flakey to start with Smiley

Simon
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W6DXO
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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2012, 06:32:51 PM »

Simon,

Nice web sites.

Congratulations on seeing your persistence paying off!

When do you expect to be QRV, and will you be operating on any sort of schedule?

73 de harry, W6DXO
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HS0ZIB
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« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2012, 08:41:28 PM »

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I guess I will go first.   $5 for a qsl card?   No lotw or eqsl .... What happened to the spirit of amateur radio

I'm old-fashioned.  Paper QSLs only.  The vast majority of my contacts will not use LOTW anyway, (my own experience confirms that).  $5 is totally reasonable, considering the circumstances

I would hope that if you want a QSL card, then you will consider paying more than $5 by making a donation to MyanmarTeachers.org.

This is not a DXpedition and my voluntary work comes first.  There is no way that I will let the expenses of this ham activity deplete my funds for the charity work.  Sorry but that is how it is Smiley

Simon
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HS0ZJU
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« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2012, 09:23:04 PM »

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I guess I will go first.   $5 for a qsl card?   No lotw or eqsl .... What happened to the spirit of amateur radio

I'm old-fashioned.  Paper QSLs only.  The vast majority of my contacts will not use LOTW anyway, (my own experience confirms that).  $5 is totally reasonable, considering the circumstances

I would hope that if you want a QSL card, then you will consider paying more than $5 by making a donation to MyanmarTeachers.org.

This is not a DXpedition and my voluntary work comes first.  There is no way that I will let the expenses of this ham activity deplete my funds for the charity work.  Sorry but that is how it is Smiley

Simon

I wish you the best of luck. This of course is my thinking that $5 is not reasonable. I know what cards cost to make and ship state side. I also know that not to use lotw which is free is like extorsion to those that need myanmar .   

So before anyone donates it would be a good idea to Google "Simon luttrell SMS"
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« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2012, 10:04:20 PM »

I guess I will go first.   $5 for a qsl card?   No lotw or eqsl .... What happened to the spirit of amateur radio.

The Spirit of Amateur Radio is still alive and well, it's just that you need a Visa card if you want some. Grin Grin

On a serious note the $5 is high but what can we do? The ham sets his price so if you want a card like myself and so many others do; you just pay up!  Don't you just love supply and demand  Undecided
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HS0ZIB
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« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2012, 10:06:57 PM »

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So before anyone donates it would be a good idea to Google "Simon luttrell SMS"

Yes, as per Google I'm very familiar with using SMS as a means of payment.  But that is very unsuitable in this case because the mobile networks take perhaps 50% of the revenue generated.  I need every cent (kyat?) that is donated.

You can also Google 'Simon Luttrell disabled' or 'Simon Luttrell Xtrer' to get links to my previous charity endeavours.

Of course, the bottom line is - do not ask for a QSL card if you do not want to pay for the costs.  You still have the satisfaction of knowing that you've worked XZ.

@W6DXO - I should be active from next week, but I cannot give any schedule yet until I know what work/projects I need to do in Myanmar.  So I'm afraid that I may be rather like Monk Apollo ==> rather elusive.  But I am sure that I'll get spotted as soon as I switch on the rig Smiley

I'm busy making up a 20 metre band Moxon right now to take with me in a few days.

Simon

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« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2012, 06:18:32 AM »

Look forward to trying to work you Simon, but can you do RTTY and not PSK, PSK is no good for DX, maybe in a few years when demand dies you can send endless pre-written macros that no one reads but at the start I think you are going to be swamped so PSK isn't the way to go.

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« Reply #25 on: April 27, 2012, 06:19:33 AM »

What's the DXCC status of the impending XZ1K operations? 

Approved, pending, or, ??

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HS0ZIB
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« Reply #26 on: April 27, 2012, 06:54:08 AM »

Hi Trevor, sorry but no RTTY planed right now.

.. And I don't use PSK macros either Smiley

I'm sure that there will be a few calls coming my way, but this is neither a dedicated DXpedition, nor even a DX holiday.  I will be working on my charity projects, and then fitting in the ham radio between my weekly trips back to my businesses in Thailand.  I suggest everyone takes a deep breath, count to about 10 million (slowly...), and then try for that QSO.

I also need to put aside some hours each day to learn to read/write/speak Burmese.  I am already good at written/spoken Thai and Lao, (and my English is not bad either), but I'd say 95% of the people I'm interacting with speak absolutely no English or Thai.

The DXCC status is that I emailed ARRL last week to get exact details of what documents they will need etc.  The person responsible is away on a short holiday, so I'll wait to see what they say.  I proposed (apart from the licence), a GPS photo, passport entry stamps etc etc.

So I'm sure that DXCC status will take a little time to get sorted out, but hopefully it will come though ok.

Simon
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EI9JU
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« Reply #27 on: April 27, 2012, 09:33:51 AM »

Your DXWorld notification states this is a commercial venture yet Eham's announcement points to it being a charitable venture with the proceeds of QSL'ing helping fund the charity, which is it?

DXWorld;
"Now here is the important point! This proposed project is beyond my own financial means, especially since I’ve just financed a guesthouse in Phuket. Therefore, I will invite all radio amateurs to become shareholders in this new venture. I will not give the full details on this forum, because it is a commercial venture – I’ll set up a separate website for this purpose"



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HS0ZIB
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« Reply #28 on: April 27, 2012, 09:40:38 AM »

Hi - you are getting 2 different things confused:

The project to build a hotel in Myanmar is purely a commercial venture, and a long-term plan.  that has nothing to do with either XZ1K or my charity work.  (My business in Thailand is building and managing small hotels).

The XZ1K opportunity has only arisen due to the volunteer work that I do in Myanmar, which is completely unrelated to my professional activities.

Simon

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KF6ABU
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« Reply #29 on: April 27, 2012, 01:13:35 PM »

Hi Simon,

If you send me your log in ADIF, I will help create an LoTW account, and upload them for you whenever you send for no cost. The only effort required would be to send the log to me in an email. Shouldn't be any extra trouble for you to help people confirm Myanmar, and for free.

Glad to help!

Ben
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