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4S7   Sri Lanka - March 2014
    4S7DFG 4S7FRG 4S7LXG
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Operation   Our DXpedition to Sri Lanka as 4S7 will be between March 10 and 23, 2014. 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 4 transceivers (3 x K2, 1 x FT857D), 2 x 18 m lowband vertical, a delta-loop vertical for 40, a delta-loop vertical for 30, 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:

DH7KU, Csaba
DJ6TF, Tom
DK1BT, Manfred
DK7LX, Georg
DL4WK, Wolf
DL7DF, Sigi
DL7UFN, Juergen
DL7UFR, Frank
SP3DOI, Leszek

Pilot   Pilots for this DXpedition are Bernd, DF3CB and Floyd, N5FG
DX Code of Conduct  
LoTW   We will upload the full logs of the DXpedition to LoTW within 6 months after the DXpedition.
QSL   The QSL-Route is via DL7DF either direct to:
Sigi Presch
Wilhelmsmuehlenweg 123
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 2017. 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 = 62 Euro Cent, a international letter costs 80 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 airmail 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 Rudi - DM2XO
ex. DL7VFR
    Individual sponsors
Bernd - DF3CB Chris - NU1O Paul - N5PG Sidney - K3SX

Sri Lanka
Country name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
National capital: Colombo
Location: Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India
Area: total: 65,610 sq km
land: 64,630 sq km
water: 980 sq km
Land boundaries: total: 0 km
Coastline: 1,340 km
Climate: tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)
Terrain: mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
Natural resources: limestone, graphite, mineral sands, gems, phosphates, clay, hydropower
Population: 21,675,648 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic groups: Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)
Religions: Christian (Free Wesleyan Church claims over 30,000 adherents)
Languages: Buddhist (official) 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)
Independence: 4 February 1948 (from the UK)
Economy: Sri Lanka continues to experience strong economic growth following the end of the 26-year conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The government has been pursuing large-scale reconstruction and development projects in its efforts to spur growth in war-torn and disadvantaged areas, develop small and medium enterprises and increase agricultural productivity. The government's high debt payments and bloated civil service have contributed to historically high budget deficits, but fiscal consolidation efforts and strong GDP growth in recent years have helped bring down the government's fiscal deficit. However, low tax revenues are a major concern. The 2008-09 global financial crisis and recession exposed Sri Lanka''s economic vulnerabilities and nearly caused a balance of payments crisis. Growth slowed to 3.5% in 2009. Economic activity rebounded with the end of the war and an IMF agreement, resulting in two straight years of 8% growth in 2010-11. Growth moderated to about 6% in 2012. Agriculture slowed due to a drought and weak global demand affected exports and trade. In early 2012, Sri Lanka floated the rupee, resulting in a sharp depreciation, and took steps to curb imports. A large trade deficit remains a concern. Strong remittances from Sri Lankan workers abroad have helped to offset the trade deficit.
Reference: CIA - The World Factbook -- Sri Lanka


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