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Last report de 5T6M  IK28AC  QSL via ON4ANT  End score +1500 QSO's made, +1100 on 6m  

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Tot 1550 1400 150 488 1010 16 11 22 3
HF 52
6 1125
2 61
Sat 312
 Band/Mode DXCC
6m 48
2m 19
Sat 36

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Based on QRZ  we traced back the states that worked 5T6M, i'm sure a few missing.

144 MHz log EME (unique calls)





General Information about Mauritania


  Official name:


Mauritania, Al Jumhuriyah al Islamiyah al Muritaniyah

  Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Senegal and Western Sahara
  Surface: 1.030.700 km2.
  Population: 2,828,858 (July 2002 est.)
  Currency: Ouguiya
  Capital: Nouakchott
  Language: Hassaniya Arabic (official), Pulaar, Soninke, Wolof (official), French
  Government: Republic
Some history
Mauritania is a country in western Africa that stretches along  the  atlantic  coast  into  the  Sahara  desert.  For centuries, the  Sahara  has served  as  an  avenue  for  migration  and conquest between northern and sub-saharan Africa. Mauritania has assimilated many waves of these migrants and conquerors.  From  300-1500 A.D., areas  of  what  is  now Mauritania were part of two great West followed by successive waves  of  Arabs  beginning in the eight century. The rise of the arabized Berber dynasties of  the Almoravids and the Almohads led to invasions and eventual colonization of Spain and  clashes  with the Ghana  empire in the south. The Islamization of Mauritania was a gradual process that spanned a period of 500 years. Beginning slowly with contacts with Berber and Arab merchants engaged in caravan trade and increasing with the Almoravid conquests, Islamization eventually took firm hold with the arrival of the Yemeni Arabs in the twelfth and thirteenth and was not completed until three or four centuries later.


Some history:

Independent from France in 1960,Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976, but relinquished it after three years.

From the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, Europeans competed for the Mauritanian gum Arabic trade. The French were present in the Senegal River and the Mauritanian coast in the 1800s but a Trench protectorate was set up only in 1903. French penetration into Mauritania continued slowly. Mauritania became a French colony in 1920. Colonial administrators relied extensively on Islamic religious leaders and the traditional warrior groups to maintain their rule and carry out their policies. The French policy of assimilation and direct rule was not applied with great vigor in Mauritania and, as a result, the traditional social structure was left largely intact through the colonial period. Very little economic development occurred under French rule . In 1946, Mauritania became a territory of French West Africa.

Mauritania gained its independence in 1960 an Moktar Ould Daddah was elected the country's first president in 1961. Morocco claimed that Mauritania was historically Moroccan territory and did not recognize its independence until 1970. When Spain give up its colonial administration of Western Sahara, Morocco and Mauritania took over its administration with Morocco claiming the northern part and Mauritania the southern part. But Algeria and an organization of people from the Western Sahara, Known as the Polisario Front, opposed these claims. Fighting broke out between these groups. Military leaders opposing the war in Western Sahara overthrew Moktar Ould Daddah in 1978. In 1979, Mauritania gave up its claim to the territory.

The current president of Mauritania is Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed who came to power in 1984 as President of the Military National Salvation Army. He was elected president in 1992 and again in 1997. His term expires in 2003.

Expedition info:

Bands  : 6m, 2m and some HF


DL8YHR   Frank





Frank will be concentrating on EME QSO's, this will probably be the first ever 2m EME  expedition from

Mauritania. With the setup 4 yagi station should be workable. 


HF:  Rig: Yaesu FT920

50 MHz:  Rig: Yaesu FT920  Antenna: Mē   6M7JHV l

144 MHz: Rig: Icom IC706Mk2G Antenna: Cushcraft 2x 17B2 Preamp: SSB electronics SP2 Amp: 750 watts


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