7P8AO Lesotho, SO mini DXpedition
08 March 2010 - 22 March 2010

altI will once again be back to the Kingdom of Lesotho, between 08 March and 22 March 2010. I will set up my station in the Trading Post Lodge, Roma  near Maseru.  

I plan to working on the HF bands, throughout 80-10 meters, on CW,  SSB and RTTY. The station setup: ICOM 7000 transceiver with 300 W solid state PA, 10,2 m wire vertical antenna with SG-235 automatic antenna coupler. I should like to be on the air as much time as possible, however, please note, that this is a single operator mini expedition.

I will leave Budapest on 7 March to Frankfurt, than to Johannesbourg. I will arrive to Maseru airport in the afternoon on 8 March.  Hopefully I can set up the antenna and the station before the sunset. Logsearch will be available here in my website. QSL via HA5AO. See you in the bands

 

 

Ready to start the operationI have arrived to the International airport of Maseru with one hour delay, at noon,  08 March, Monday. After the immigration procedure, the customs clearance of the technical stuff was smooth. The copy of my licence helped lots to pass through the customs without any difficulties. I picked up the car I hired, than I was driving to the Lesotho Communications Authority in Maseru to pick up the original licence. The car was fully loaded with my luggages, but fortunately the security guys kindly allowed me to drive in to the car park of the Ministry. A little bit after 2 pm the licence was in my hand.

The Lesotho ladder lineI could not fix the power amplifier, so I am running with 100 watts only. During the daytime the bands are closed and the noise level is very high. Early in the morning 40 m is more or less o.k. Mainly the NA station can hear me. There is no chance to get over on 80 meter with 100 watts. The last two days I used the vertical for 40 and 30 meters also, as it seems that you can hear me better with this antenna. However the inverted L is slightly better for reception. Afternoon and late afternoon the 15 - 10 meters usually opened mainly to EU direction. However there are as well as some station in the log from NA and even SA.

Lesotho, Roma valleyThe Internet access is limited in Lesotho, so I can just inform you, that I went QRT on 22 March, 02:50 UTC. There are 4,097 QSO in the log from 94 DXCC entities. The log is uploaded to the LotW and for search into the database. I will upload the log to the eQSL system, as well, as soon as I get home. Thank you for the contacts and sorry for the low signal level.

I need to say many thanks to Jennifer Thorn and all the staff of the Trading Post Guest House, Roma, Lesotho.

Donation Confirmation LetterPlease be informed, that I forwarded your donation of 2,573 USD to the Commitee of the Leratong Community Centre. Please read the confirmation letter and the Commitee decision on how this amount will be used for. Later, I was informed, that they also decided to use a certain part of this amount to have a new, stone house built to Tebello and Thato, as their old house was seriously damaged during the last winter and due to the heavy rains during the spring. It is dangereus and does not possible to repair. 

The approval procedure of the new house project has been started during my stay, submitting the required documents to the Magistrate. As soon as they have the approval in hand, they will start to set up the new house, that must be finished before the winter. The life quality of these two orphan girls will be improved significantly. This is really much more, that I ever hoped. I will publish photos on the new house, as soon as it is ready and I receive it. Thank you again for all of you who sent donation helping the orphan children in the village of Ha Baseane, Roma, Lesotho.

 

 

 

7P8AO CW QSO with HA5HRK and F5VU on 28 MHz 14 March 2010 14:13 UTC (tnx Tomi, HA5HRK)

 

 

Some station reported that they could not find the 7P8AO 40 m QSOs on the logseach, made on 11 March  between 19:25 and 19:50 UTC. Please be informed, that I went QRT at 19:20 UTC on 11 March and the next operation periode was started 02:41 UTC on 12 March. The 7P8AO QSOs you may have in your log after 19:20 UTC on 11 March and before 02:41 UTC 12 March 2010 on any bands, were with pirate station.
Same situation between:
18:40 UTC 17 March - 03:55 UTC 18 March on 20 m,
09:05 UTC - 10:44 UTC 18 March on 15 m.

Please check the on-line log prior to sending direct QSL request! If you do not find your QSO, contact me for clarification!

73, Pista, 7P8AO

 

I have just received photos on the new house was built for the two orphane girls, Tibello and Thato, with the help of the HAM radio operators and other helpful people who sent donation in the last year. The house has also been officially registered in the names of the girls as owners. You remember, I announced the donation campaign in August 2009 after my first visit to and my first operation from Lesotho. Last March I gave the donated 2,573 USD to the Commitee of Leratong Community Centre, Roma, Lesotho. The Commitee decided to have a new house built to the two orphane girls.

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