Sri Lanka - March 2014


Our DXpedition to Sri Lanka as 4S7 took place between March 10 and 23, 2014. We were active with several stations on 160m through 6m on CW, SSB. One station was 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:

Pilots for this DXpedition were Bernd, DF3CB and Floyd, N5FG

QSL Information

QSLs are available via direct or bureau through DL7DF. The logs of the DXpedition were uploaded to LoTW.


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

About 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