[Moon-Net] Lost luggage E44CM

Chris, PA2CHR post at pa2chr.nl
Mon Nov 28 16:59:16 CET 2016

Hi all,


Fortunately today we received all three suitcases back !

They were send by a courier from the airline company to my home, good service.

Only the control box of the actuator was damaged, so nothing serious and easy to repair.


The suitcases were delayed at Tel Aviv airport for manual security inspection.  You can expect this when you put an actuator inside: it looks like a shotgun when it passes the scanners J 

We heard stories from other people on DX-pedition about a lot of broken equipment when it was not correctly packed after a security inspection!


So we have some tips for travellers:

-  Use foam all around your equipment and fix it also all around the inside of your suitcase.

-  Make it as easy as possible to replace your equipment in your suitcase after it is inspected by a security officer : pack every piece of equipment in foam with some elastic around it.

-  Put a copy of your Amateur radio license in every suitcase. 

-  Put a paper with your name, call, address and phone number in every suitcase.

-  Use a “TSA” lock on your suitcase for easy opening by officials.

-  Take ‘most sensitive’ equipment like expensive PA’s as hand luggage if possible.

-  Be in time (2 or 3 hours) before departure on the airport. Sometime’s security checks are done before you can check in; officials don’t care if you will miss your flight or not.....

-  Take care about the luggage-labels you receive with the check in: you need them if a part is missing on arrival.


Best 73’s,


Chris, PA2CHR




Van: moon-net at googlegroups.com [mailto:moon-net at googlegroups.com] Namens Chris, PA2CHR
Verzonden: zaterdag 26 november 2016 15:41
Aan: moon-net at mailman.pe1itr.com; moon-net at googlegroups.com
Onderwerp: [Moon-net GG] E44CM Results and story


Hi All, 


We are safe and back home again after the very nice trip to Palestine. 

E44CM made 336 initial EME QSO’s on 2 mtr. and 40 QSO’s on 70cm.  It was great fun for us to work so many stations. 


Yesterday evening we arrived at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands, but 3  of our suitcases where lost !  

They contain about 90%  of our radio-equipment so we hope they will be found soon…… airline companies are looking what has happened. 


The QTH in Jericho was great, a good and safe place  for the antenna was found on the roof; it was easy to put our tripod, fixed with 6 concrete blocks. 

Some QRM, about 6 dB unfortunately particular during moonrise, so it was difficult to hear the weak ZL stations. Moonrise was completely free looking over the Dead Sea about 10km. away, but moonset was blocked by mountains up to 13 degrees. 

Due to the fact that Jericho is located 250 mtr’s BSL (below sea level)  the lowest city in the world, we were not able to complete Tropo and M.S. QSO’s, very sorry for this…….  but if you don’t try you will never know if it is possible or not, hi. We did receive a few very short reflections and stations in LZ and YO heard some of us. 

When the moon was below the horizon we did some sightseeing and visited:  Hishams’ palace with ancient buildings, Mount of Temptation with a nice old monastery; the Dead sea for some swimming and the old town of  Jerusalem with the Western Wall. 


We like to say many thanks to all who contact us and all who helped us with making this trip a success. 

QSL info and some pictures can be found on  www.QRZ.com


Hope to CU in future from another nice DX-location, best 73’s,  the  E44CM – team: 

Jos, PA3FYC 

Chris, PA2CHR 





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