Vietnam - November 2009


Our 2009 DXpedition brought us to Vietnam, XV. We were on the air between Nov 04, 2009 and Nov 17, 2009 as XV4D. We were active with several stations on 160m through 10m on CW, SSB. One station was exclusively dedicated to RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. Please check our News Page.


Our equipment consisted of three transceivers (2x K2, 1x IC7000), 3x kW linears, 2x 18m lowband verticals, a 2 ele vertical for 40, a 2 ele vertical for 30, 2 Spiderbeams for 20/17/15/12/10, some Beverage antennas.


Our experienced crew included:

Pilot for this DXpedition was Bernd, DF3CB


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 www.appellofunk.de
Nippon DX Association (NDXA) German DX Foundation
Clipperton DX Club International DX Association, Inc.
Northern California DX Foundation LA-DX Group
European DX Foundation Chiltern DX Club: The UK DX Foundation
SP DX Club  

Individual sponsors: Jan - DL7UFN

About Vietnam

Country name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
National capital: Hanoi
Location: Southeast Asia, bordering to the countries China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Combodia to the southwest and the South China Sea to the east.
Area: total: 329,560 sq km
land: 325,360 sq km
water: 4,200 sq km
Land boundaries: total: 4,639 km
border countries: Cambodia 1,228 km, China 1,281 km, Laos 2,130 km
Coastline: 3,444 km (excludes islands)
Climate: tropical in south; monsoonal in north with hot, rainy season (May to September) and warm, dry season (October to March)
Terrain: low, flat delta in south and north; central highlands; hilly, mountainous in far north and northwest
Natural resources: phosphates, coal, manganese, bauxite, chromate, offshore oil and gas deposits, forests, hydropower
Population: 84,402,966 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groups: Kinh (Viet) 86.2%, Tay 1.9%, Thai 1.7%, Muong 1.5%, Khome 1.4%, Hoa 1.1%, Nun 1.1%, Hmong 1%, others 4.1% (1999 census)
Religions: Buddhist 9.3%, Catholic 6.7%, Hoa Hao 1.5%, Cao Dai 1.1%, Protestant 0.5%, Muslim 0.1%, none 80.8% (1999 census)
Languages: Vietnamese (official), English (increasingly favored as a second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer; mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian)
Independence: 2 September 1945 (from France)
Economy: Vietnam is a densely-populated, developing country that in the last 30 years has had to recover from the ravages of war, the loss of financial support from the old Soviet Bloc, and the rigidities of a centrally-planned economy. Substantial progress was achieved from 1986 to 1997 in moving forward from an extremely low level of development and significantly reducing poverty. Since 2001, however, Vietnamese authorities have reaffirmed their commitment to economic liberalization and international integration. They have moved to implement the structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries.
Reference: Travel.com - The World Factbook -- Vietnam and From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia