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BX0ZR QSL已陸續寄出

BX0ZR -  DXPEDTION TO 
By W8UVZ  

During summer 2006, ham acquaintance W9ZR, Randy, inquired whether I'd be interested in a radio operating trip to during the winter months.  Randy had previously operated in along with two other Ohio hams, from the rare island of Pratas in April 2000, along side other BV local hams.

Randy planned on operating from mainland and with emphasis on low bands, CW and RTTY.  After I agreed to tag along, we recruited contester N8BJQ, Steve.  Steve was a great CW op, had contest and RTTY experience.

We worked with local BV hams;  BV4FH, Paul who in turn recruited BV6HJ, Mr. Ko and BV6GU, Rex. The latter two hams live in the southern part of ( Tainan City to be exact).  Seems that Mr. Ko has an Asian distributorship for Force 12 antennas and has many
of these in his possession.  He offered to furnish and erect   several and the deal was too good to pass.

Licensing has been relaxed for foreign ops but it still took nearly 4 months to get the necessary permission.  BXO was the call prefix to be used and we selected BX0ZR to mirror W9ZR's callsign.

So early January, the two Ohio hams and myself assembled in Detroit Metro for the long journey to (18 hours of flying via ).  Arrived and were met by Paul, BV4FH and his lovely XYL Christine.  By the end of our second day, we were in southern and located at a "fish farm" location that  local hams had arranged as an operating QTH.

Not only were there a lot of fresh fish (raising Tilapia) and clams just outside the door but it is a nice retreat area enjoyed by Taiwanese, particularly in the summer.  Since it was winter season, lots of space and no problem erecting antennas (everywhere!).  The BV6 hams put up no less than 6 yagis & vertical GPs for us to use.

 The salt water ponds made an excellent operating location and in the next 12 days we made over 7000 contacts.  More than 6000 were on CW and over 500 on RTTY.  But our goal of operating low bands was exceeded when  over 2000 QSOs were on 80 meters alone.

It all came to an end too quickly as we bade our BV hosts goodbye in Taipei and made the long trek back to Detroit on January 22nd.

George  W8UVZ

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