RĂ©union - March 2020


Monday, April 20, 2020

This days all received QSL requests were processed. About 600 letters were handed over to the German post office for shipping. Over 2800 QSL cards were issued. 1500 QSL requests were answered. The letters should arrive in the next few days/ weeks. Our experience with overseas mail shows that the transport takes a little (2 or 3 weeks). The Bureau Cards will be send next days to the DARC QSL Bureau.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The TO7DL team has reached Paris Airport Orly this afternoon and got a transfer to Paris CDG. The curfew in France due to the corona virus restrictions showed its drastic consequences. Hardly any traffic on the streets. No early check-in. No shops open. Hardly any employees there, just a lot of aircraft standing around and travelers waiting for the next departure (day). We stayed at the Holiday Inn. No restaurant open. They warmed up pizza and sell drinks that can only be consumed in the room.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

TO7DL went QRT this morning after 35660 QSOs. We hope to be able to leave Reunion tomorrow morning (Wednesday) with the rebooked Air France flight to Paris.

Cont 160m 80m 60m 40m 30m 20m 17m 15m 12m 10m Total Perc.
EU 438 1136 1073 2528 2842 5789 6550 4986 1754 1058 28154 79.0%
AS 5 79 19 600 319 1076 1120 695 93 74 4080 11.4%
NA 11 601 132 1023 377 438 379 82 1 0 3044 8.5%
OC 1 9 0 30 3 50 31 21 9 2 156 0.4%
AF 0 8 10 13 14 34 30 12 12 7 140 0.4%
SA 2 9 7 40 17 2 6 3 0 0 86 0.2%
Total 457 1842 1241 4234 3572 7389 8116 5799 1869 1141 35660 100.0%

Monday, March 16, 2020, 1800 UTC

Our planned flight with Mauritius Airlines from Reunion to Mauritius and Mauritius to Paris has been cancelled. With the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic to an increasing number of countries, Mauritian authorities have extended travel restrictions to Mauritius and transit.

We were able to rebook at Air France. We fly (hopefully) directly to Paris Orly on Wednesday morning. Then an overnight stay in Paris and the next day to Berlin and Frankfurt. We will (hopefully) be back home 24 hours later. We are probably the only DXpedition that has to extend one day because of Corona.

Monday, March 16, 2020, 0900 UTC

34000 QSOs are currently in the log this morning. All three stations were occupied yesterday until late at night which filled the logs again. Now the last day has begun. We will definitely continue today.

We need to be at the airport tomorrow at noon local time. All flights are yet on schedule. Reunion is not regarded as Corona crisis area. Via Mauritius and Paris CDG it goes to Berlin and Frankfurt.

It was a great DXpedition considering the short-term plan change of our travel destination. We thank the French licensing authority and the OMs from France, who made a very quick processing of the license application possible.

We thank everyone who worked us and hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. When we are back we will catch up on the lack of sleep, because keeping 3 stations on the air has required all of our last reserves. Not to forget that Manfred, DK1BT, had to leave us early on Friday.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Any "my call is not in the log" requests cannot be answered during the DXpedition. We are too busy. Manfred, DK1BT, leaves us today so there are just four operators left.

TO7DL Team Photo
TO7DL team picture - DL7UFR DL6SAK DK1BT DL4WK DL7DF

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

New pictures added.

Monday, March 9, 2020

We had a night of terrible storms. There is hardly an antenna that is still in order. A miracle that Sigi could still do 160m. The VSWR is bad everywhere. But we'll fix that.

TO7DL operating
DL7DF, DL6SAK, DK1BT operating

Saturday, March 7, 2020

The stations are all set up. All antennas are set up. That was a challenge because the property is 400m above sea level on a slope. Everything is free to the north. First 10,000 QSOs in the log and first pictures available here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

All team members arrived well on Reunion yesterday, built the 30m antenna in the darkness and had the first QSOs.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Flights and accommodation are booked. We got the call sign TO7DL today.