- To conduct a group amateur radio dxpedition in Laos, country listed #98 on the overall most wanted list in Clublog
- To focus on NA East coast openings, specially on high bands, since Laos is ranked #41 for this dificult area of the world
- To have fun as a team and enjoy our hobby as much in a nice country
November 9th 2023:
Our departure for Laos is approaching (less than a week)! Here are some information about the antennas we will be using at XW4DX.
On the higher bands: 2x 5-band Hexbeam @14m high (one equiped with a 20, 15, 10m triplexer), VDA 12m, VDA 17m and 1el quad for 15/10m (these last 3 antennas will be mainly used in LP to North America). On the lower bands: 4square 40m and vertical 160m with top-loading @18m as well as 2 BOG for reception.
A large part of guys rope and antenna wire will be purchased locally in order to reduce the weight of the luggages of the 5 operators.
The two Hexbeams, as well as other equipment, are graciously lent by the F6KOP Radio Club, that we thank for their trust and support.
November 3rd 2023:
Even if we don't communicate often, please note that preparation for XW4DX is progressing well. The challenge with only 5 operators is the transportation of equipment. We therefore have chosen a solution which is far from being the most economical but that partially solves this problem.
We had shipped directly by Spiderbeam: 2 aluminum 14m masts, 2 fiber masts of 18m as well as 6 X 10m masts. All of this equipment is now in Laos, as well as the 4square switching system for 40m, shipped by another way.
This expensive operation (including customs fees) was made possible in part thanks to your donations and we would like to thank the donors and sponsors who support us (or will support us) in this project. We will take with us the rest of the radio and IT equipment, 65 kg per operator.We will tell you a bit more about our setup soon. Stay tuned...
September 7th 2023:
We are finally ready to announce an upcoming DXpedition to Laos, one of the most exciting country of South-East Asia in the second half of November 2023. Former members of successful FT4TA, FT4JA and 3B7A DXpeditions will head to Vientiane on November 16th and will be operating up to 5 stations using the callsign XW4DX until November 27th. This may also include an entry in the CQWW CW contest.
Laos is currently most wanted #98 worldwide and specially ranked #41 for North America East Coast. One of our goal, instead of looking for highest QSO numbers and collecting bandslots, will be to ensure we are focusing on openings towards the difficult areas, like the East coast of NA. We will have antennas for both Short and Long path for this area.
Team is including F4BKV Vincent, F4HAU Diego, F2DX Patrick, F5PTM Pascal and F8AVK Julien. We will be operating on all HF Frequencies except 80m and 30m, that are unfortunately not allowed anymore in Laos. 60m or 6m is also not permitted currently in Laos. This said, we will focus on the two “low bands” of 160m / 40m and we hope that with the increasing propagation conditions, the 5 high bands will allow us to have some fun and good time.
As for any others projects, rising costs is hitting us, specially transportation costs, and we are looking for any potential individual or clubs donation, do not hesitate to hit the Donate button in the Sponsors Page !Stay tuned for more news !