In November 1996, David (K3LP) returned to Dubai to operate the CQWW DX CW 1996 contest from the Dubai Men's College (A61AF), but was not granted permission to operate the contest upon arrival. While looking for a new place to operate, Mohammed (A61AM) introduced David to Ali Al-Futtaim (A61AJ). With Ali's permission, David operated 34 hours as Single-Operator, High Power, Un-Assisted during the CQWW DX CW 1996 contest from Ali's (A61AJ) home QTH. David made 2,646 QSO's and worked 287 countries for 2,440,704 points during the limited contest effort. After the contest, Ali and David developed the plans for the future A61AJ contest station that would be installed at Ali's Farm in November 1997 and March 1998. Submitted Score was: 2,813,072 - 2646 Q's, 98 Zones, 293 Countries Accuracy Error : 13%
CQWW DX CW 1996 A61AJ (OPR K3LP), Single Op, High Power, Un-Assisted - 16th World
L to R: Ali (A61AJ) and David (K3LP) November 1996 at Ali's Home Station
David (K3LP) was responsible for planning and coordinating the new A61AJ station installation effort in November 1997 involving building a new radio station building, installing four 100' towers, assembling six (6) element KLM mono-band antennas for 10, 15 and 20 and a three (3) element KLM mono-band antenna for 40 meters, plus wire antennas for 80 and 160 meters. Many people participated state-side in preparing and shipping materials (i.e. RF Connection, HRO, etc.) and providing technical input (i.e. W3LPL (Frank), Joel (W3RFC), KE3Q (Rich), W3NRS (Norman), etc.). Initially, it was planned that Norm (W3NRS) would ship the Rohn 55 Tower materials via a sea container and the standard Rohn 55 Tower installation manual guidelines would be used during installation, but was changed when Ali located a local manufacture who fabricated the towers prior to and during our arrival in Dubai.
David (K3LP) arrived about 10 days before the CQWW DX CW Contest in November 1997 to start the tower and antenna installation effort. Rich (KE3Q) was asked by David (K3LP) to join the installation team in order to provide some antenna assembly and tower climbing support. Upon arrival, David and Rich's inspection of the tower anchor size and placements needed to be beefed up and re-arranged to meet the Rohn 55 guidelines. This installation effort required 15-18 hour work days for 9 days straight prior to the CQWW DX CW 1997 contest. It was exhausting!
CQWW DX CW 1997 A61AJ -Multi Multi using two Operators - 5th World
During the CQWW DX CW 1997 contest - 2 Man Multi-Multi, David (K3LP) and Rich (KE3Q) operated the new A61AJ Contest Station and completed 7,251 QSO's, 143 zones and 475 countries for 12,782,357 points.
Band QSOs Zones
CQWW DX CW 1997 - Multi/Multi 3.830 Posted Results
During David's trip in March 1998, Ali Al-Futtaim and David (K3LP) assembled two additional 6 element KLM mono-band antennas for 20 meters, installed another 50' of tower onto the existing 100' tower with a three antenna StackMatch phasing box. The three 6 element KLM mono-band antennas were placed at 150', 100' and 50' on the tower. Also during this trip, a two element KLM 80 meter mono band antenna was assembled and installed on a new 150' tower.
My results of the A61AJ (OPr. K3LP and A61AJ) - Multi-Single, CQWW WPX SSB March 1998 are as follows:
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