The Rockall DX Group has been very busy the past few weeks and by the looks of it you have been too!
Thanks in advance to all the clubs and especially to the Northern California DX Foundation for your confidence in the EP6T project!
The individual donorlist is growing longer each day, that made us decide to send a direct QSL card for contacts made with EP6T to all individual contributors without any cost.
Meanwhile, Dr. Azim Fard, General Director of Radio Frequency Planning and Licensing of the C.R.A in the Islamic Republic of Iran has given this project a real boost.
Sixty students have already passed their hamradio exams with flying colors and will be able to receive an EP call in the near future.
160m and 30m are not allocated to amateur radio service in Iran, but Dr. Fard allowed us to use these bands during the EP6T Dxpedition.
Unfortunately 6m shall not be used. This band is allocated to fixed, mobile and broadcasting services.
It’s fantastic to see such a high level of interest towards this project, but on the other hand we are concerned by the small timeframe in which we can work NA.
Propagation predictions made for us by K6TU, tells us that the path from Iran to North America is very difficult. In contrast to other continents, the NA openings are of short duration and the signals on various frequencies are extremely weak.
On low bands it might be possible that signals from W6, 7 are arriving over the long path.
Stu's predictions will be the guiding principle for our beam direction, but this will not be enough to get a fair continental balance.
We will keep this in mind in order to prepare a plan and to share this with the DX community so everyone knows in advance what the appropriate time is to contact us. By doing so, YOU will hopefully give us the opportunity to work with other continents during "their opening".
We will do our best by all means to revert your feedback to our pilots to fit our plan the best way possible.
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