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    3XY1D - Guinea - October/November 2011
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Our next DXpedition goes to Guinea, 3X. We will be on the air between Oct 18, 2011 and Nov 1, 2011.


Our callsign is 3XY1D. We will be active with several stations on 160m through 6m on CW, SSB. One station will be exclusively dedicated to RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. Please check our News Page



Our equipment consists of 5 transceivers (4 x K2, 1 x IC7000), 4 x kW linears , 2 x 18 m Lowband Vertical, a 2 elem vertical for 40, a 2 elem vertical for 30, a vertical R7 for 40/30/20/17/15/12/10, 2 Spiderbeam for 20/17/15/12/10, a 5 elem. Yagi for 6m, some Beverage antennas as well as some laptop computers.


Our experienced crew includes:

DK7LX, Georg
DL4WK, Wolf
DL7DF, Sigi
DL7UFR, Frank
SP3DOI, Leszek

Pilot   Pilot for this DXpedition is Bernd, DF3CB

QSL   The QSL-Route is via DL7DF either direct to:
Sigi Presch
Wilhelmsmuehlenweg 123
D-12621 Berlin
or via the German QSL bureau DARC to DL7DF.
    If you prefer a direct QSL please send a SASE or SAE with 1 new IRC or 2 US$ for a international letter. When sending IRC's please check the expiration date, the new ones are valid until the end of 2013. Any donations are very welcome and needed for the high shipping costs.
    If you do not provide the right return postage or a self addressed envelope, we reply via the buro. Please only one call sign per letter! If more than one, all additional cards go via the buro.

Postage needed for 1 envelope with 20 Gramm (FYI):

    A letter within DL = 55 Euro Cent, an international letter costs 75 Euro Cent. 1 US$ is equal to 69 Euro Cent. So please keep in mind that 1 US$ - due to the bad exchange rate between the US$ and the Euro - does not cover the postage needed for an international air mail letter!

Sponsors   We would like to express our sincere thanks to all our sponsors for this DXpedition:
www.funkamateur.de www.QSL-Shop.com
Bert - DJ2BC Sid - DM2AYO
Spiderbeam Nippon DX Association (NDXA)
German DX Foundation Clipperton DX Club
Chiltern DX Club: The UK DX Foundation European DX Foundation
The DXLover Foundation Danish
Rudi - DM2XO
ex. DL7VFR
Passau DX Club
  Individual sponsors
Jan - DL7UFN Marco - PE2MC        
Tom - DJ6TF Jamie - W2QO        
Stan - KH6CG Tony - KT0NY        
Bo - OZ8ABE Clay - K7HC        
Andre - V51B Marco - PE2MC        
Igor - RA9CMO Kan - JA1BK        
Franz - DJ9ZB Owen - K3CB        
Zeljko - VK6VY Pol - ON8BV        
Mark - K0ABC Masaiku - JA6CNH        
Philip  - W8UV Jens - DL2AJB        
David  - N8OC Franklin - K8FB        
Olaf  - DK2LO Bjorn - LA5YJ        
Gunter  - DL2RUG Sake - PA0SKP        
Rick  - K8ZH        

Country name: Republic of Guinea
National capital: Conakry
Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone
Area: total: 245,857 sq km
land: 245,717 sq km
water: 140 sq km
Land boundaries: total: 3,399 km
border countries: Cote d'Ivoire 610 km, Guinea-Bissau 386 km, Liberia 563 km, Mali 858 km, Senegal 330 km, Sierra Leone 652 km
Coastline: 320 km
Climate: generally hot and humid; monsoonal-type rainy season (June to November) with southwesterly winds; dry season (December to May) with northeasterly harmattan winds
Terrain: generally flat coastal plain, hilly to mountainous interior
Natural resources: bauxite, iron ore, diamonds, gold, uranium, hydropower, fish, salt
Population: 10,601,009 (July 2011 est.)
Ethnic groups: Peuhl 40%, Malinke 30%, Soussou 20%, smaller ethnic groups 10%
Religions: Muslim 85%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs 7%
Languages: French (official)
note: each ethnic group has its own language
Independence: 2 October 1958 (from France)
Economy: Guinea is a poor country that possesses major mineral, hydropower, and agricultural resources. The country has almost half of the world's bauxite reserves and significant iron ore, gold, and diamond reserves. However, Guinea has been unable to profit from this potential, as rampant corruption, dilapidated electricity and other degraded infrastructure, and political uncertainty have drained investor confidence. In the time since a 2008 coup following the death of long-term President Lansana CONTE, international donors, including the G-8, the IMF, and the World Bank, have significantly curtailed their development programs. Throughout 2009, policies of the ruling military junta severely weakened the economy. The junta leaders spent and printed money at an accelerated rate, driving inflation and debt to perilously high levels. In early 2010, the junta collapsed and was replaced by a Transition Government, which ceded power in December 2010 to the country's first-ever democratically elected president, Alpha CONDE. International assistance and investment are expected to return to Guinea, but the levels will depend upon the ability of the new government to combat corruption and reform its banking system. IMF and World Bank programs will be especially critical as Guinea attempts to gain debt relief. Since the 2009 global economic downturn, the price and value of bauxite and alumina exports has steadily risen. Export levels will likely continue to grow as investor confidence returns. International investors have expressed keen interest in Guinea's vast iron ore reserves, which could further propel the country's growth
Reference: CIA - The World Factbook -- Guinea

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