Originally conceived by Alan G3XAQ, who has operated from Ghana previously and holds the callsign 9G5XA, this expedition is a follow-up to the successful C5X expedition with some of the same crew, which took place in January 2015 from Kotu, Gambia. The 9G5X operation will run from March 7th to March 21st 2017. Our thanks to the Ghanaian licensing authority, the NCA, for issuing the special callsign 9G5X for this operation.
This is a fly-in, fly-out operation to a hotel site and we are not seeking any donations from DX clubs or individuals. Our intention is to activate this semi-rare entity purely for the fun element. We all enjoy running the pile-ups and for us, this is a winter break in the African sunshine, but with a lot of amateur radio activity thrown in.
There is a reliable 3G Internet connection at the site and we expect to be able to upload our logs at least once a day to Clublog and to LoTW. Clublog will have the Leader Board facility enabled and we encourage everyone to work us on as many bands and modes as possible. We will be active on CW, SSB and RTTY on all bands from 160m to 10m.
We intend to run three high-power stations from our operating site near Aburi, north of Accra, some 400m above sea level. Our path profile calculations done in Google Earth suggest that there is an unobstructed path to North America, Europe and to Asia. However, we will be looking especially hard for our friends in Australia and New Zealand, because the path to West Africa from VK/ZL is particularly difficult and Ghana is still needed on many bands from the Antipodes. Gary ZL2IFB is acting as our pilot for Oceania and will keep is informed by email about the best opening times.
The RSGB Commonwealth Contest takes place on the first weekend that we are in Ghana and Iain M0PCB will operating in the 24 hour contest using the callsign 9G5X. The rest of us will operate on the WARC bands, or on SSB and RTTY.