A trip to The Gambia in February by students and staffers of Sandringham School in the UK will include a short DXpedition. The call sign C5DX again has been granted and will be on the air February 9-16. A party of 18 sixth-form students and three staff members from Sandringham School will visit their partner school, Farafenni Senior Secondary High. The two schools have worked in partnership for 10 years, and Farafenni High is now one of the highest-achieving rural schools in The Gambia. This will mark a return visit to The Gambia by Sangringham School. A contingent from Sandringham traveled to Farafenni High last February to open a new school hall there and to activate C5DX.
Head Teacher Alan Gray, G4DJX, will lead the DXpedition aspect to the trip. He will primarily operate CW, while four licensed students from the Sandringham School Amateur Radio Club (M0SCY) will operate SSB. They include Jessica, M6LPJ; Polly, M6POG; Morgan, M6MXD, and Stan, M6SQO. This will be their first DXpedition, and the youngsters will be learning how to operate from a semi-rare DXCC entity (it’s #198 on Club Log’s DXCC Most-Wanted List) and learn the craft of DX operating. Gray said he may try some LF-band operating from The Gambia.