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ET3AA DX-Pedition; December 8-13, 2011 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

    

 

                          

 

 

 

 

 

Setting International Ham Radio Goals and Project International Goodwill

After my (David - K3LP) trip visiting the ET3AA Club at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology and meeting with Sid May (ET3SID) in August 2011, Sid (ET3SID) and I (K3LP) agreed on a few goals that we want to accomplish for the students and university for December 8-13, 2011.  The goals were:

a) Administer US FCC Amateur Radio License Examinations for the University Students

b) Creation of "Addis Ababa Institute of Technology" Technology Incubation Program (TIP)"

c) Activate ET3AA and ET3SID on 160M thru 6 Meters using CW and SSB.

 

General Information

Our VE Team administered FCC Amateur Radio License examinations for 62 university students (15 Female and 47 Male) on Dec. 10, 12 & 13, 2011. The results of the examination are:

Number of students taking test by  type are: 62

Total Number of exams given = 163

62 Students Tested; 57 successfully passed at least 1 license level

 

FCC Licenses Issued by type:

16 = Technician License (Element 2) exam

36 = General License (Element 3) exam

  5 = Extra License (Element 4) exam

All Student FCC Licenses, Qty 57 received at K3LP QTH in Maryland Sid May's FCC License (AB3OZ) received at K3LP QTH in Maryland Sarah at FedEx in Frederick, Maryland preparing shipping documents for shipping the Student Licenses and Sid's "DXer of the Year" plaque  - arrival planned Jan. 16, 2012

 

   

FCC Licenses received via mail from the FCC on January 5, 2012. The issue date of the licenses was 12/29/11.

After the exam on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, our DX-pedition Team purchased and had cooked two Lambs at the university for a late lunch-dinner for students, teacher and DX-pedition Team. The students provided a traditional coffee and dinner event that lasted from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

QSL Manager for ET3AA and ET3SID for this trip only: N2OO (Bob Schenck)

Caution: Please do not merge other QSO's you've made with ET3SID and ET3AA also into same envelope not related to this trip.

Bob will only have the logs for the ET3AA and ET3SID for days Dec. 8-13, 2011. Thank you!

K3LP Equipment and Material, and License Fees Donated during this trip:

  •  FCC License Fees for 62 Students

  •  New 17.4 Toshiba Laptop PC

  •  ALS-500M Solid-State HF Linear Amplifier

  •  SEC-1235 Switching Power Supplies, Qty 3

  •  MFJ Power/SWR Meter

  •  Heil Headset with headset adapter for FT-450D

  •  1,000' RG-8X Coax (200' with PL259's x Qty 5)

  •  WinKeyer USB, Qty 2

  •  Bencher Key

  •  160 Vertical with 4 ground radials

  •  80 Vertical with 4 ground radials

  •  25 Nylon Insulators and 8 Feed-Point Adapters for wire Antennas

  •  Tool box loaded with tools and tape

  •  Nylon Rope, 1,000 feet

  •  ARRL Antenna Handbook

  •  ARRL Handbook

  •  Shipping and Import Tax Fees

  •  Each of the 62 students participating in the exam received a gift; the girls received a nice necklace and the boys received a calculator

 

Our Team:

Our team included the following:

David Collingham (K3LP), Team Leader and VE Team Liaison

Al Hernandez (K3VN), Operator & VE Support

Paul Ewing (N6PSE), Operator & VE Support William Beyer, Jr. (N2WB), Operator & VE Support

Igor Pyzh (UY5LW); 160/80/40 Meter Operator

Yaroslav "Yarik" Oleynik (UW7LL); 40/10 Meter Operator Darko Rusman (J28AA, E70A), CW Operator, Sid May - ET3AA DXer of the Year Award by NCDXA

 

QSL Manager for ET3AA and ET3SID for this trip only: N2OO (Bob Schenck)

Caution: Please do not merge other QSO's you've made with ET3SID and ET3AA also into same envelop not related to this trip.

Bob will only have the logs for the ET3AA and ET3SID for days Dec. 8-13, 2011. Thank you!

 

Our dependable and reliable Van driver in Ethiopia was Tewdros (Teddy) Zewdie. He was available from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM each evening. He did a fantastic job!

 

 

The details about this trip are as follows:

  1. Administer US FCC Amateur Radio License Examinations for Students - Our Team will administer the US FCC Amateur Radio Technician exam on Saturday (Dec. 10, 2011 around 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM) and Monday (Dec. 12 at 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM) for General/Extra and re-exams if needed. The goal will be for the students to be issued a US FCC Amateur Radio License that can be submitted to The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia - Ministry of Communication Information Technology with application and proof of residency to obtain their own ET issued license. A limiting factor is the student must submit a HF Radio model and serial number plus antenna. Since the students don't have these, these will need to be follow-on personal ham radio operator to student, one on one, donation projects.

  •  The ARRL VEC Volunteer Examiner (VE) Program requires three VE's to be in attendance during the examinations. Our VE's will be: 

          David Collingham (K3LP) - VE Team Liaison

          Al Hernandez (K3VN)

          Paul Ewing (N6PSE)

          Will Beyer, Jr. (N2WB)

 

 

 

 
  •  Volunteer Examiners (VEs) are licensed radio amateurs holding a General Class license or higher who offer their time to administer the FCC licensing tests and approved in advance.
  •  Information on obtaining an ET licenses is as follows:

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Ministry of Communication Information Technology

Located: Debre Zeit Road next to Global Hotel

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Contact: Tesfaye Worku

Office Phone: +251 11 552 1381

Website: mcit.gov.et

Application for Radio License (English Version)

Application for Radio License (Ethiopian Version)

Procedure for Radio Communication License

Conditions for Radio License

2. Creation of "Addis Ababa Institute of Technology"  Technology Incubation Program (TIP)" - David Collingham (K3LP), President and CEO, International Quality Registrars Corporation was requested by the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology to make a non-profit presentation to assist in setting up a Technology Incubation Program (TIP). The presentation was presented to the University's executives and students on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2011 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM with follow-up discussion between 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

       Future "Addis Ababa Institute of Technology -  Technology Incubation Program (TIP)" 

  •  Planned Mission:

       To accelerate the successful establishment and development of entrepreneurial companies by providing:
  • State-of-the-art wet labs, dry labs and offices
  • Business development and research services
  • Access to University resources and educational facilities
  •  Goal: Technology Incubation Program (TIP) will offer services usually unattainable by start-ups:
  • A world-class university setting
  • Access to the University library and computer network
  • Wet labs, offices, instrumentation and specialized equipment
  • Customized business development support and mentoring
  • Conference and meeting rooms
  • Access to faculty experts, student employees and interns

 

3.  ET3AA DX-Pedition Team Operating from Club Station

  •  David Collingham (K3LP), Igor Pyzh (UY5LW), Yaroslav "Yarik" Oleynik (UW7LL), Darko Rusman (J28AA, E70A), Al Hernandez (K3VN), Paul Ewing (N6PSE) and Will Beyer, Jr. (N2WB) operated from the ET3AA Club Station. In addition, Al Hernandez (K3VN), Paul Ewing (N6PSE) and Will Beyer, Jr. (N2WB) also operated during day/early morning hours on 10-40 meters bands using SSB with the ET3SID call (from Sid's QTH).

We had a goal to operate 160 meters and 80 meters, but the S+20 noise level in the city made this almost impossible. A 127' Slopper/Inv. L Wire Antenna was installed for 160 meters.

       QSL Manager for ET3AA and ET3SID for this trip only: N2OO (Bob Schenck)

Caution: Please do not merge other QSO's you've made with ET3SID and ET3AA also into same envelop not related to this trip.

Bob will only have the logs for the ET3AA and ET3SID for days Dec. 8-13, 2011. Thank you!

Future Photos to be added.

 
Photo 1 - David (K3LP) at final stage of paying tax on electronic imports (Dec. 8, 2011, 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM) at the Addis Ababa International Airport Photo 2 - Our VE Team with Sid (ET3AA) arriving at Addis Ababa University - Institute of Technology Photo 3 - David (K3LP): Announcement of the VE Session at Addis Ababa University - Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Dec. 10 & 12, 2011
Photo 4 - Our VE Team; Paul (N6PSE), Bill (N2WB), Al (K3VN) and David (K3LP) with Sid (ET3AA) at the start of the first VE Session Photo 5 - Technician, General and Extra Class Exam documentation Photo 6 - Bill (N2WB) checking names and obtain signatures on student arrival
Photo 7 - Photo 6 - Bill (N2WB) check photo identification of each student taking exams Photo 8 - Technician Exam in session with VE monitors on Dec.10, 2011 Photo 9 - Technician Exam in session with VE monitors on Dec.10, 2011
Photo 10 - VE's grading Technician Exams; William Beyer, Jr. (N2WB), Paul Ewing (N6PSE) and Al Hernandez (K3VN) Photo 11 - Our VE Team:
David Collingham (K3LP) - VE Team Liaison, 

          William Beyer, Jr. (N2WB), Paul Ewing (N6PSE) and Al Hernandez (K3VN)

Photo 12 -

          William Beyer, Jr. (N2WB), David Collingham (K3LP), Al Hernandez (K3VN), Sid May (ET3SID) and Paul Ewing (N6PSE)

Photo 13 - Bill (N2WB), Paul (N6PSE), David (K3LP), Al (K3VN) and Sid (ET3SID) Photo 14 - Sid May (ET3SID) Photo 15 -  Al (K3VN), Paul (N6PSE), Kideste, Sid (ET3SID), Bill (N2WB), and David (K3LP),
Photo 16 - Darko, Sid, Igor and David Photo 17 - David (K3LP), Tsegaye Gebretsahma and Getenet Zeleke Photo 18 - Kideste and Sid May (ET3SID)
Photo 19 - Bilen Mezgebe, Dagmawit Solomon and Senait Getahun with Sid May (ET3SID) Photo 20 - Bilen Mezgebe Photo 21 - Dagmawit Solomon
Photo 22 - Students with Sid May Photo 23 - Besufekad Mekuria, Sid May (ET3SID) and Jafore Birhanu Photo 24 - David and Sid
Photo 25 - Bill, Al, David and Paul at the Coffee party Photo 26 - Sid May's (ET3SID) NCDXA "DXer of the Year Award - 2011" Photo 27 - Igor Pyzh (UY5LW) and Yaroslav "Yarik" Oleynik (UW7LL) getting excited about working the night shift
Photo 28 - ET3AA Station with K3LP donated amplifier, power supplies, power meter and keyer Photo 29 - Igor (UY5LW) operating 80 meter CW Photo 30 - Igor's (UY5LW) homebrew 1KW amp
Photo 31 - Dagmawit Solomon's 21st Birthday Party Photo 32 - Extra and General Class Exam Session, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 Photo 33 - David (K3LP) monitoring Extra & General Class Exam session,Monday, Dec. 12, 2011
Photo 34 - VE's grading General and Extra Class Licenses; David (K3LP), Bill (N2WB) and Paul (N6PSE), Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 Photo 35 - VE's grading General and Extra Class Licenses; David (K3LP), Bill (N2WB) and Paul (N6PSE), Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 Photo 36 - Yaroslav "Yarik" Oleynik (UW7LL), David (K3LP), Darko Rusman (J28AA, E70A) and Igor Pyzh (UY5LW)
Photo 37 - David (K3LP) operating at ET3AA Photo 38 - ET3AA Station, FT-450D with K3LP donated ALS-500M amplifier, SEC-1235 power supplies, power meter and WinKeyer USB and Bencher Key Photo 39 - Student Licenses issued by the FCC on 12/29/11 and received via US Postage on Jan. 5, 2012.
 

People who took US FCC exam and US Licenses issued:

Item First, Middle Initial and Last (Fathers) Name: Sex: US FCC Class License Passed: US Call Sign issued: ET or Other License Issued:
1 Aisha Abdulahi Female General KB3WWS ET3AA Club
2 Adula Y. Abdulkader Female General KB3WXC ET3AA Club
3 Leul C. Aberra

Male

General KB3WWR ET3AA Club
4 Muluneh Addisu Male General KB3WXL ET3AA Club
5 Belete Z. Admasu Male General KB3WWV ET3AA Club
6 Dawit Alemu Male Technician KB3WWP ET3AA Club
7 Behailu Asfaw Male General KB3WWL ET3AA Club
8 Dawit Assefa Male General KB3WWI ET3AA Club
9 Tsegaye Atsbaha Male General KB3WWJ ET3AA Club
10 Yonas G. Ayalew Male General KB3WXH ET3AA Club
11 Eskinder Ayele Male None None None
12 Haile Baye Male General KB3WWE ET3AA Club
13 Tsehaye Bogale Male General KB3WWF ET3AA Club
14 Birhanu Daniel Male Technician KB3WXN ET3AA Club
15 Aklilu Desalegn Male Technician KB3WVZ ET3AA Club
16 Nebiyou Elias Male General KB3WXS ET3AA Club
17 Tsigereda Eshete Female Technician KB3WVY ET3AA Club
18 Temesgen Feseha Male General KB3WVV ET3AA Club
19 Dagim Feyessa Male General KB3WWN ET3AA Club
20 Daniel Fitiwi Male Technician KB3WXD ET3AA Club
21 Bruck G. Gebreyesus Male General KB3WWZ ET3AA Club
22 Biniyam A. Getachew Male General KB3WWQ ET3AA Club
23 Selam Getahun Female Technician KB3WWA ET3AA Club
24 Senait Getahun Female Technician KB3WWB ET3AA Club
25 Arega Getenet Male General KB3WVW ET3AA Club
26 Firew Girma Male Technician KB3WXO ET3AA Club
27 Mihret W. Gizachew Female General KB3WXB ET3AA Club
28 Sidney T. May (*) Male Extra AB3OZ ET3SID and ET3AA (Trustee)
29 Ephrem Mebratu Male General KB3WWT ET3AA Club
30 Besufekad J. Mekuria Male Technician KB3WWW ET3AA Club
31 Bilen G. Mezgebe Female General KB3WWX ET3AA Club
32 Ibrahim K. Morketa Male General KB3WWO ET3AA Club
33 Tsinukal Mulatu Male None None None
34 Nejib Y. Musema Male General KB3WVU ET3AA Club
35 Mohammed Muzemil Male General KB3WXF ET3AA Club
36 Endrias Muzeyin Male None None None
37 Eskinder R. Negash Male Technician KB3WXI ET3AA Club
38 Eden M. Negussie Female General KB3WXG ET3AA Club
39 Hailemelekot Negussie (*) Male Extra AB3OX ET3AA Club
40 Fedilu Orma Male Technician KB3WXM ET3AA Club
41 Rediet K. Regassa Female General KB3WXK ET3AA Club
42 Samson B. Regassa Male General KB3WWG ET3AA Club
43 Darko Rusman Male Technician KB3WVX J28AA & E70A
44 Abayueh Sebro Male General KB3WXP ET3AA Club
45 Elias Shibabaw Male General KB3WWK ET3AA Club
46 Sara Siraj Female None None None
47 Dagmawit Solomon (*) Female General KB3WWY ET3AA Club
48 Mistre Solomon Female Technician KB3WXA ET3AA Club
49 Nigussu Solomon (*) Male Extra AB3PB ET3AA Club
50 Abay Tadesse Male General KB3WXJ ET3AA Club
51 Rahel T. Tafesse Female Technician KB3WXR ET3AA Club
52 Leul Teferi Male General KB3WWD ET3AA Club
53 Betel Tesfaye Female General KB3WXT ET3AA Club
54 Kibrom Weldegerima Male None None None
55 Biniam Wendmagegnehu Male Technician KB3WWC ET3AA Club
56 Eshet T. Wodajo Male General KB3WWM ET3AA Club
57 Blen T. Woldeab Female General KB3WXE ET3AA Club
58 Henok Yigzaw Male Technician KB3WXQ ET3AA Club
59 Shiferaw Yinessu (*) Male Extra AB3PA ET3AA Club
60 Brook G. Yohannes (*) Male Extra AB3OY ET3AA Club
61 Getenet D. Zeleke Male General KB3WWU ET3AA Club
62 Endale Zerga Male General KB3WWH ET3AA Club

(*) Each of the persons identified with the (*) successfully completed the requirements required by the ARRL to become ARRL VE's in Ethiopia in March 2012.

     

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