It’s All in the Cards (Africa): The DX Engineering Team Shares Some of Its Favorite QSLs from Africa

Every month, DX Engineering features QSL cards from our team members’ personal collections. Some of our favorites are displayed on the cover and inside our 2018 Fall/Winter Catalog, along with stories about what it took to make these contacts. We’re excited to share some of the special cards pulled from the thousands we’ve received over the years. We look forward to seeing your cards as well!

Record an ATNO from Africa this April

This month we’re highlighting QSL cards from two DXCC entities from the continent of Africa that will be active in April: Burkina Faso and Djibouti. The avid DXers at DX Engineering have had great success over the years making these locations All Time New Ones or filling needed bands. Here’s information about the DXpeditions, plus a few QSL cards we’ve collected over the years.

Djibouti, East Africa

The Djibouti IOTA (Islands on the Air) J20DX DXpedition is scheduled for April 16-21, with activity on 80-10M CW and SSB. The Djibouti team, Col MM0NDX, Jonathan MM0OKG and Christian EA3NT, plan to employ a combination of verticals on both Moucha Island (AF-053) and, hopefully, the ultra-rare Sept Freres (AF-059). Click here for updates on the team’s progress. Sept Freres, known in English as “The Seven Brothers Islands,” is made up of six volcanic islands spanning a line of 6.2 miles between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Moucha Island, population 20, is a small coral atoll (1.5 square miles) off the coast of Djibouti. As of March, Djibouti stood as the 132nd most-wanted DXCC entity.

Since 1964, the IOTA program has enriched the Ham Radio hobby and drawn attention to the diverse islands of the world by encouraging individuals to contact island stations around the globe. Here’s IOTA’s official website.

In 2007, Dave N8NB, DX Engineering technical support specialist, made a QSO with the J20RR/J20MM DXpedition to Djibouti on 80/17M CW and 20M RTTY. There were 18,370 unique QSOs made during this DXpedition using CW, phone, and digital modes.
Tom KB8UUZ, DX Engineering technical writer, put Djibouti in his log book by making contact with the September 2002 J28UN DXpedition from Djibouti City on 10M SSB.

Burkina Faso, West Africa

Burkina Faso, a landlocked country with a population of more than 19.7 million, will be QRV on all bands and in all modes from April 17-25 thanks to the holiday-style DXpedition of Max DK1MAX, who will be operating as XT2MAX. Burkina Faso, formerly known as the Republic of Upper Volta, was the 142nd most-wanted DXCC entity as of March.

George K3GP, DX Engineering customer/technical support specialist, earned this QSL card from the XT2WP DXpedition operated by Fred, G4BWP in 2003 from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
Dave N8NB worked the XT2C Burkina Faso January 2007 DXpedition by F6KOP on 80/20M SSB, 17M CW, and 20/17M PSK3.

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Coming up next month: QSL cards from three island entities: Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, and St. Vincent.

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