Mali QSL Card

This was primarily a six meter DX Pedition but it turned out a lot of 20 meter RTTY was operated as well and some SSB and CW. 546 unique stations were worked on six meters. We were only able to work 22 North America stations on six meters. Due to the fact that signals were not loud and sometimes would come and go in seconds all contacts on 6 meters were made on CW. We used 50.117 for the complete time of the DX-Pedition. On HF over 1000 unique stations were worked on RTTY and several 100 on SSB and a few on CW. We were able to operate RTTY concurrently with six meters. SSB and CW were only able to be done a few evenings. We found that 20 meters was extremely poor until about 5 pm local. The band pretty much went away about 8-9 pm local so this limited the number of stations we could work. Our local time was the same as GMT.


6M CW 6M RT Total % EU 514 0 514 94.1 AF 8 0 8 1.5 NA 21 1 22 4.0 AS 2 0 2 0.4


4X - 2

9A - 14

9H - 3

CM - 1

CT - 14

CT3 - 1

CU - 1

DL - 54

E7 - 3

EA - 34

EA6 - 7

EA8 - 7

EI - 3

F - 39

G - 49

GD - 1

GI - 1

GM - 5

GW - 5

HA - 13

HB - 5

I - 60

IS - 4

K - 17 (Includes 1 EME)

LA - 5

LZ - 17

OE - 10

OH - 19

OK - 9

OM - 3

ON - 16

OZ - 16

PA - 30

S5 - 15

SM - 13

SP - 19

SV - 4

UR - 13

VE - 4

YO - 2

YU - 8


Here are distances of the longest QSOs.
        Miles     KM

KJ9I WI 5153     8293  
N9IW WI 5073     8164
K4MM FL 4847     7800
W3BTX PA 4682    7435
CO8LY   4560     7339
K2MUB   4506     7252
K2ZD    4458     7174
N1BUG   4247     6834 (First Mali terrestial QSO ever from NA that we know of)

K0HA heard us in and out and definitely copied TZ6EI from Nebraska which would be
5594 miles or 9004 KM.  NA qso's were 4 or 5 hop and EU were 2-3 hope other than EA8
would be one hop. Based on quite a few six meter dx-peditions 4 and 5 hop qso's are 
very difficult. 

For those of you who did not work us from NA or other places it should be noted that a lot of
the reason you may not of worked us is just a matter of chance as it seemed we would
often just hear a specific small area so a lot of it was just where your QTH is in
reference to where there was some sporadic E ionizaton.  So the bottom line is a good
antenna with a low angle of radiation if very valuable but it seems to be just as 
important to not depend on "spots" but be listening as only a small area where you live
may be getting propagation. It also depends where the DX station is and where you are
in the world. Some parts of the world have better propagation than others.
Another big factor is how you luck out on QSB fades. A number of you
faded out, never to come back before we got your report! About the only thing we can both
do is try and be quick and send the RST right away.

One thing you can be assured of is that we beacon all the time so you can be certain 
if there is propagation we will be there.  We try and move the beam every half hour or so.
Sometimes on this trip is was an hour or more because of access problems to the antenna on the roof.


Our grid square was IK62ap. We were most pleased that nearly everyone just sent RST and not grid squares. For those few who send grid square you should note we don't even log it so your sending us a grid square is a complete waste of time. It should be noted a number of people are not in the log because we could not get the RST report. Signals would be nice copy when a station called and the next time non-existent, never to come back. We found the most successful stations who copied our report to them came back and sent RRR or QSL ur 559 559 (or what ever report) de their call. This way we were able to get the report before that station faded away to never be heard again. Stations who sent there call first and then report often did not get in the log as that station faded out before they got to the RST. We can tell you based on 10 days of operation that time is of the essence!!!!


K3 with pre-amp, ACOM 1000, 28 foot boom yagi, LMR 400. Our antenna was about 35 feet high at the Hotel Mande on the roof. It is located in Bamako, Mali right along the Niger River. Arliss W7XU was in Mali the first part of May 2009 and secured the TZ6EI license which includes privleges for six meters. We discovered a slightly noisy 12 vdc switching power supply about the 3rd day and changed to a different one. The supply was checked out before we came and was clean. It may be that in the hotel we were only about 15 feet below the antenna. It was not bad but with weak signals it does not take much. There was some local noise but given we were right in town it was not that bad and the K3 noise blanker which worked well. One other problem we found is that some people answered our beacon off frequency so at times we did not hear them when in beacon mode. We often tried to tune up and down when in beacon mode and that is how we discovered some people called far enough off they were not heard. We tried to keep the filter fairly wide in beacon mode. If a station was strong it was not a problem but not many signals were that strong. It should be noted you might have heard us well for a brief period and then a few seconds later the propagation would be completely gone so it is easy to get the impression the other station is not hearing well when in fact it was just the nature of six meters to do this sometimes and certainly while we were in Mali.


The only station worked on EME was W7GJ


QSL VIA W7XU. DX QSL cards need $2.00 and a SAE or current IRC's. USA cards should have an SASE. This was an extremely expensive trip. Arliss W7XU made a trip in early May 2009 to secure the license. We all of course made the trip for the Dx-Pedition. Our expenses on site were expensive and air fare to Africa was expensive. To give you and idea how expensive it was with Six Meter and HF contacts the cost was around $5.00 per QSO! Contributions to defray expenses can be sent with the QSL card.


Thanks to Chris DL5NAM online logs for SIX Meters are available at the following link:

UPDATE: July 10, 2009 the HF online logs are also now available



TZ6EI with Holly N0QJM in mirror

Arliss W7XU


TZ6EI six meter beam, note dipole mast to right

TZ6EI dipoles

Rain storm 2 hours nearly every evening, we had to shut down sometimes because of bad lighting

Niger River, we were just on the north side of the river.