Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Norwegian Solo DXpeditioner Detained in Chad, Then Sent Home

Chad is a landlocked country in central Africa
(Map courtesy CIA World Factbook)
An apparent communication breakdown between the Republic of Chad's telecommunication regulator and its security police led to a shutdown of the TT8KO DXpedition after only one day and two weeks of house arrest in his hotel for solo operator Kenneth Opskar, LA7GIA. According to multiple sources, Opskar had all of his paperwork in order and put TT8KO on the air from his hotel in N'Djamena on October 9th, only to be shut down 24 hours later by the police. 

It seems that the security police had not been informed by the country's telecomm regulator that it had authorized the operation, and the country's president was hosting an event at the same hotel during the planned activity. Opskar and his gear were placed under house arrest while bureaucratic and diplomatic maneuvering took place, both between the Chad government agencies and the governments of Norway and Chad. He was finally given permission to leave for home on October 24. During his one day on the air, Ken made 2135 QSOs, all on CW.