Congratulations for all of you who already have worked T6LG! Thank you so very much for your patience in the pile ups. I have never posted before in any forums... Now, just read all your posts and decided just to say hi and to comment the topic within a "short" answer. I must do it...
First of all, I would like to thank you so much for the good words related to my operation, it is the biggest acknowledgement for me. It was extremely difficult to achieve this result. Getting the license, collecting the equipment, the explanations to the military authorities - what the equipment is and what I will use the equipment for, what the HAM radio is, limitations about the luggage we can carry over here etc... You know! But..., let's leave the applause for the end, it is the beginning of my operation. Everyone who already has received any confirmation by paper QSL or LoTW must be very thankful to Gosho, LZ1ZF - he is the best QSL manager ever. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH MY FRIEND FOR YOUR VERY HARD WORKING. I appreciate it! Also I'd like to mention Boycho, LZ1BJ... If somebody enjoy the fast LoTW confirmation and Club log statistics and searches, it is as a result of LZ1BJ's work. Thanks also for Alex, LZ1ADF and Valentin, LZ1DOT for the making and the maintenance of the web page I already have. Thanks to Vasko, LZ1JK - the owner of ACOM, Kon, DF4SA - SPIDER BEAM manufacturer, Bedri, LZ4RR, Boris, LZ2JR for their technical support and to all Bulgarian HAMs who just said to me "GO, YOU CAN DO IT, YOU CAN COPE WITH ". Usually it has been a pleasure to install (build) an antennas. Here is different! Every one doubts you. Nobody helps you, especially the Americans often ask me what is it for, how does it works, how does it influence to their health etc. In this manner I want to say that, a dxpedition like this can not be realized just with desire for.
I saw, somebody mentioned I purposefully ignore or avoid a call-signs which calling me. Guys, nobody has to call me with wrong call, nobody has done something to make me mad... Just remember the noise level here is extremely high. I took a few videos of the local noise but the slow Internet connection doesn't allow me to upload it. Just will say that on 20m the noise is S7 - S9; 15m - S8; 10m S6-S7... Nothing can help you in this noisy environment, sometimes a pair of very good ears. It is not necessary to mention low bands noise level, is it...? On 80m is normally plus 20db over S9. But... it is only the noise. I am under an obligation to mention the European bad behavior. No body wants to listen! How can I pull an overseas bear food station up from the noise if 5 or 10 Europeans call me at the same time? Is it ignoring? When I start to send "NA or SA ONLY", and don't answer them, they just start to tune on my RX frequency or to transmit multi dash signals. It is the worst of all, not the noise! I'd like to let all of you know I don't spend the whole my spare time on the radio just to have a fun... I am on the radio to do my best, to give all of you from HAM radio brotherhood a little bit better chance to work Afghanistan! I WILL keep trying! Please keep trying to work me, too.
Now, I intend to install a kind of receiving low noise antenna, especially for the low bands. Unfortunately, the antenna space is not so appropriate, but will play it by ear. I am unexperienced or not familiar with this antennas. Expect some staff and advices from Prest, N6SS and Jose, N4IS. Thanks in advance guys! Eric, T6MO who is 100km away noticed me about the local noise here, but I have never expected so high levels. BTW, Eric visited me here while I was installing Inv. V for 80m. He is pretty good boy!He noticed me recently that a new HAM is here, very close to me, about 2km - it is Mike, T6MH. I am happy he prefers RSK31 and SSB - I have enough QRM sources
Last but not least, want to thank to my family - my wife Diana, LZ2GID and my so cute little boys Ivaylo and Lachezar! You miss me so much!
Sorry for my poor English!!!
Regards from Afghanistan!
73s Ilian, T6LG (LZ1CNN, YI9LZ)