Eswatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho Tour 2019 Press release #1

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)

Eswatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho Tour 2019 Press Release #2

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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)

3DA0AO Report

I 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.

Swaziland and Lesotho QRT

7P8AO went QRT today morning.at 04:09 UTC. There are 7,314 FT8 and 55 FT4 QSOs in the log. The 3DA0AO log contains 3,616 FT8 and 26 CW QSOs. Unfortunately I could not work on CW due to the high noise level. It is a surprise as the previous years it was not so bad like now.

The OQRS and Not in Log online function is opened on my website at ha5ao.com. If you are not in the log please use the online form. Do not send email. All the logs are uploaded to LotW. The 3DA0AO QSL card will be designed and ordered for printing as soon as I get home. Thank you for the contacts.

3DA0AO & 7P8AO QSL status

LotW: I uploaded the logs two times a day still during the operation.  I received a few NIL log check request.  Some QSO claims were fixed and also uploaded to LotW.

7P8AO QSL: The first batch of 7P8AO direct QSL cards was posted today. The next batch will be posted at mid November. The bureau requests will be printed and sent possibly in June next year.

3DA0AO QSL card: I sent pictures for designing and printing the card to Max, ON5UR print shop.

Please do not send QSL via the bureau. Claim your bureau card using my OQRS.

3DA0AO QSL status

The 3DA0AO QSL has been designed and out of the ON5UR  printshop. I expect to receive it soon and start posting the cards for the OQRS direct request, than the mail direct request. Please do send QSL request via bureau. I do not need your card and help to save bureau expenses. Please use my Logsearch and OQRS application.

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