#21: Niger – 5U9C

This a special QSL card because it is from Silvano, I2YSB, and it was a very early DXpedition of his before he and his team were known as the Italian DXpedition Team (IDT). Silvano and his team are perhaps the best small DXpedition team going.


Anything on the African Continent or in the Middle East are my favorite DX “catches”. Not sure why, but Africa especially is my favorite place to work.

AF ITU Zone: 46 CQ Zone: 35

Added to the DXCC List: added to the list in 1959. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niger


Rareness Factor: Not too rare, but good DX nonetheless

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #100

DXpeditions: most have been small teams or single people. I am sure there were many more missionaries who went there, but these are all the ones I could find. It makes sense that we only see the first one in 1961 – since Niger became independent from France. In fact, there were many African entities added at that time – colonial Africa pretty much all went independent at that time, and it was one of the biggest additions to the DXCC List in its history (see chart in the banner).

Year DXpedition
1961 5U7AH
1989 5U7CW
1992 5U7M
2001 5U2K, 5U3T, 5U5A
2002 5U6W, 5U8B, 5U9C
2003 5U5Z
2004 5U7WP, 5U7B, 5U7RW, 5U7DW, 5U7JW
2015 5U5U
2017 5U5R

Merit Badges

Voodoo Contest Team

Radio Safari


Niger is a good catch for the West Coast. Its not too hard, but with so many entities in Africa, it is quite exotic. What still amazes me is how much easier it is to work all of the most populated places in the world from the East Coast vs. the West Coast.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during nightfall on the West Coast and on the Short Path – and the solar conditions were:

Cycle23 Start 1996-08 Number 11.2 Peak 2001-11 Number 180.3 Years to Rise 5.3 Years to Fall 7 Cycle Length 12.3

I always enjoy QSO’s to all of Africa

Important DXCC Resources

  1. ARRL DXCC Standings – http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-standings
  2. LOTW – https://lotw.arrl.org/cgi-bin/lotw_page_auth/default
  3. Clublog – https://clublog.org/index.php
  4. The History of the DXCC by (me) – History of the DXCC

BTW – I think the best DXCC List is either found at Clublog or in LOTW. The ARRL DXCC Desk and other parts of its web site regarding DXCC almost look abandoned. Luckily, LOTW and their standings lists look well kept, supported and looked after.

Parting Shots

  1. I2YSB and his teams have always had great signals from anywhere they go in Africa – even on the low bands
  2. The Voodoo Contest Team and others have activated 5U typically during the CQ DX contests

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