Fun with 5U5R…

Posted: March 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


The 5U5R DXpedition from the Republic of Niger has just concluded. This DXpedition was organized by the venerable Tifariti Gang. The team made 75,327 contacts from March 9th to March 20th, 2017.

This was a very good DXpedition for a number of reasons. This team really knows how to make effective use of their location and antennas. They always select a quiet location which helps them hear the weakest of signals.

They use light weight Spiderbeam and Hex beam antennas that perform very well. This team really excelled with their low band effort. They worked 30-160 meters very hard and were heard on 160 meters as far away as the Hawaiian Islands. Many of us on the US West Coast were really pleased with their effort as many of us scored a contact on 80 and 160 meters which is a very difficult contact to make.  Their signals on 30 and 40 meters were very strong. Their operating team was highly skilled and a pleasure to work.


This team worked extremely hard with considerable time working the bands and reducing the pileups. They reached nearly 10,000 contacts each day for their initial operating period. This is a significant feat that can be accomplished by using the strongest operators available.

They operated in a logical and effective style, much like the Italian DX Team, the Tifariti Gang choses several bands for that day and works it until there is simply no more propagation left. 

There have been many DXpeditions from Niger over the years but I cannot recall any that were as much fun to work as the 5U5R team.

My hat is off to Tony-EA5RM and his team for a fantastic effort!

What do you think?

  1. Rick WA6NHC says:

    This team is easily within the top 5 best run teams in recent memory. Outstanding efforts on all fronts; displayed an excellent working knowledge of propagation; worked the weaker stations with patience to make sure they had a chance; online log helped avoid accidental or intentional dupes, just all around excellence. I admire their stamina too, there wasn’t ANY time noted that they were not working stations someplace!

    I heard them easily on 160M in my noisy environ in NoCal, but didn’t quite have enough to get back to them. That’s on me, not them but I did get them on other bands for the ATNO.

    VERY well done!

    Rick WA6NHC

  2. Bill Kennaer says:

    I really like DXpeditions that stay on a band and work the propagation dry. Skipping to another band when the band is open isn’t a good way to operate

  3. Alan/K6SRZ says:

    A very good expedition and louder than expected on the low bands. Tnx for #170 on Top Band. Those amateurs are pros!

  4. Roger says:

    Excellent operation.

    I had worked a few 5U stations before. But that was on bands where I have beam — i.e. 20, 17, etc. I was be able to work 5U5R on 40m CW and 80m CW.

    I don’t have the best antennas on 30m, 40m, and 80m.. But they were on there night after night until eventually all the big guns had already worked them so they finally were able to pull me out of pileup.

    Excellent operation. These guys need to plan DXpedition to Turkmenistan!!!! HI HI

    73 Roger K5RKS Okla City

    • n6pse says:

      I am confident that Tony-EA5RM and his Tifariti Gang will continue to activate rare and exciting locations and if Turkmenistan can be done, these are the guys to do it!


      Paul N6PSE

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