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Lesotho, 7P8AO, 2010


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.  

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.

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.

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

If you have recordings of 7P8AO or T88CI signal, please let me know. I would be very pleased and appreciate very much to receive a copy.


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