Tuesday, February 11, 2020

7X7X DXpedition Highlights Young Operators

(Courtesy 7X7X QRZ page)
Young members of the 7X7X DXpedition team
(Courtesy 7X7X QRZ page)
If you worked the 7X7X DXpedition in Algeria at the beginning of this year, you were helping motivate young hams as well as working a new country! According to the ARRL Letter, the 9-person DXpedition team included four hams in their 20s, three of whom had previously taken part in YOTA (Youngsters on the Air) activities in Europe and Africa. The four young hams included two each from Algeria and Tunisia. Four of the older hams were also from Algeria, with Tunisian team co-leader and well-known DXer Ash Chaabane, 3V8SF/KF5EYY, rounding out the crew. 
The station operated on the QO-100 satellite as well as 160 meters and all the HF bands, for a total of 5800 contacts in four days. "We urge all DXpeditioners to involve youngsters in their future trips," said Chaabane, and to "do their best to make it easy and least costly for them."