20190917 144855I arrived in Swaziland on Sunday 15th September at noon. I had 100 kg checked in luggage in 4 packs. The customs cleared with no issue, but took about an hour.  I picked up the hire car and drove 90 km to Mbabane. I set the antenna on the following day on Monday. Unfortunately the noise level is S8-S9+ on all bands. The noise is coming from the power line therefor nothing to do much to eliminate it. I can’t hear any signal on CW. Only the FT8 the usable mode. Tuesday, next week I will move to another, hopefully less noisy location and I do hope I will be able to work on CW.

I received many feedback and complains about the FT8 F/H operation. My signal report and RR 73 confirmation are not sent in F/H mode. I checked everything many times and I waisted lots of precious time for troubleshooting. The first two days i used WSJT-X v2.1 on Win10Pro 64bit. Second day I changed to the 2.0 on the same laptop. Yesterday I used my backup laptop with Win7Pro 32 bit. Also tried both 2.1 and 2.0 WSJT-X in this platform.

The result is the same. It does not send the report and RR 73 confirmation in F/H mode. In the normal mode it works as expected. At least I did not get complains. This morning I received emails informing me that the 3DA prefix non-standard in WSJT-X term and will not work in F/H mode. (Thank you for the help in troubleshooting to Jim AB3CV, Bill G4WJS, George HA5UK and Vatsa VU2AE).

However the strong S9+ noise also may resulting broken decoding and many cases I can’t see If the station sent me report. This is why I need to send report many times to be able to complete the QSO.

All these, the noise level and issue with WSJT-X make the HAM community very much disappointed and frustrated like me too

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I will arrive in Swaziland on 15th September and plan to stay till 1st October. My license for the 3DA0AO call sign was issued last year. The flight and room at Mountain Inn Resort at Mbabane is booked. I plan to start to set up antenna and station on 16th and can be expected on the air by the evening. The station set up contains the Elecraft K3S and KPA500 and feeding vertical antenna. I will operate on the 80-10m bands mainly on CW and FT8 on the higher bands. I plan to be active on 21/22 September in the All Africa DX Contest as Single Op Single Transmitter CW All Band High power entry.

After the Swaziland operation I will return to Lesotho on 1st October and plan to stay till 19th October. I will use again the 7P8AO call sign. Flight and room is also booked. Due to other commitments the operation from Lesotho will take place in my free time mainly on CW and FT8 on the higher bands.

QSL policy, Logsearch and OQRS is available at https://www.ha5ao.com

73 Pista, HA5AO (3DA0AO, 7P8AO)

 

450px Flag of Swaziland.svgI will return to eSwatini (Swaziland) in the second half of September 2019. I will be active for 14 days on the bands of 80-10 m in CW, RTTY, FT8. The exact date will be announced later. My 3DA0AO license was issued last year. Station setup includes: Elecraft K3s, KPA 500, vertical antennas, with N1MM+ logging software.

 

 

 

lesotho flagFollowing the Swaziland operation I will return to Lesotho again in the first half of October. I will use the 7P8AO call sign. Bands, modes and station setup as above. The length of operation is 14-16 days.

Log search & OQRS will be available at: https://www.ha5ao.com.

More details will follow.

73 Pista, HA5AO (3DA0AO, 7P8AO)

 

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