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9u4m@ G8CYK - 2017-11-14T11-55-40Z_18142kHz

Burundi on 17m

Another much sought after central African state has been DXpeditioned by an intrepid team from Italy.

 

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One of the smallest countries in Africa, Burundi has an equatorial climate.

Burundi is a part of the Albertine Rift, the western extension of the East African Rift. The country lies on a rolling plateau in the centre of Africa. The highest peak, Mount Heha at 2,685 m (8,810 ft), lies to the southeast of the capital, Bujumbura. The most distant source of the River Nile is the Ruvyironza River in the Bururi Province of Burundi, the Nile is linked from Lake Victoria to its headwaters via the Kagera River to the Ruvyironza River.

Another major lake is Lake Tanganyika, located in much of Burundi's southwestern corner.

There are two national parks, Kibira National Park to the northwest (a small region of rain forest, adjacent to Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda), and Ruvubu National Park to the northeast (along the Rurubu River, also known as Ruvubu or Ruvuvu). Both were established in 1982 to conserve wildlife populations. Burundi's lands are mostly agricultural or pasture.

Politically, Burundi is a "challenge".

Burundi gained independence from Belgium (who took it over from Germany after WW1) in 1962 and initially had a monarchy, but a series of assassinations, coups and a general climate of regional instability culminated in the establishment of a republic and one-party state in 1966. Bouts of ethnic cleansing and ultimately two civil wars and genocides during the 1970s and again in the 1990s left the country undeveloped and its population as one of the world's poorest.

2015 witnessed large-scale political strife as President Pierre Nkurunziza opted to run for a third term in office, a coup attempt failed and the country's parliamentary and presidential elections were broadly criticised by members of the international community.

 

 

The intrepid gang on their
website...

"Qsos after qso ... we are going faster and faster (we reach the daily target of 7000 qsos) to forget the 3 days lost at the beginning of our adventure when all the equipments and the antennas has been stopped by the custom authorities.

Anyway Today has been a very good Day for our logs and so we took just half an hour to make the official pictures with national flags, our commercial sponsors and association sponsors logos, and our t-shirt of Burundi 2017 Dxped offered also by Northern California Dx Association.

Another good opportunity to share nice moments between this nice and professional team of experienced guys."

QSO recording...

 

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Well, this took a long time to land. The window is very small...

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The 17m prop forecast for the time and frequency was pretty rubbish

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