9G5X – Ghana 2017

9G5X Logo

Along with Steve G3VMW, Alan G3XAQ, Fred G4BWP, Bob 5B4AGN and Neil G6MC I found myself in Ghana during March 2017.

Three of us had been away on the C5X trip to The Gambia in 2015, though with a larger team came the ability to scale up the operation slightly. Alan G3XAQ had found a site in Aburi, which is up in the hills a little way outside of Accra. The accommodation was basic but comfortable for the time spent there. We pretty much took over the whole compound with our aerials and one of the empty rooms in the main building for the shack.

Bob 5B4AGN, Neil G6MC and Iain M0PCB operating 9G5X

L-R Bob 5B4AGN, Neil G6MC and Iain M0PCB operating 9G5X

There were 3 stations and we tried to keep them all as active as we could. Saying that we had no real targets and no operating rota. Each operator took a band/mode as they wished, though we did make some effort to catch 10m openings which happened around lunchtime. Likewise efforts were made on 160m, mostly by Bob 5B4AGN overnights.

A view of some of the antennas used at 9G5X

A view of some of the antennas used at 9G5X

On the middle weekend of the trip was the RSGB Commonwealth Contest, for which I was the operator. During that time the rest of the team made sure the local beer supplies were still up to standard.

The ground slope to the North made for a brilliant path, and the Spiderbeam yagi antennas worked very well, even at the height we could get them above ground. The 5-band version was on a 12m mast in the garden and the 3-band version was up on a 20 foot pole on the top floor of the building. Rotating the antennas relied on the “armstrong” method.

Ground slope and 80m antenna

The view to the North, including the 80m vertical antenna.

Our thanks to Charles M0OXO for handling the QSL duties so efficiently.

The 9G5X QSL Card

The 9G5X QSL Card

From the final log, courtesy of Club Log:

Band CW PH RTTY Total Total %
160 888 0 0 888 3.0%
80 1517 135 0 1652 5.6%
40 1830 876 0 2706 9.2%
30 1912 0 0 1912 6.5%
20 4423 1884 0 6307 21.5%
17 4930 1494 1244 7668 26.1%
15 3667 1514 1 5182 17.7%
12 1417 750 0 2167 7.4%
10 518 358 0 876 3.0%
Totals 21102 7011 1245 29358