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***************  3DA0ET Dxpedition  *************************************

In November 2013 I was blessed to go on a DXpedition to Swaziland with K5LBU, ZS6RJ, VA7DX, VE7DS, VE7MID, ZS6BRZ, W5UQ, DL8JJ, GW4SKA, G8APB, K9APW and KL7GS,   While there we had a terrific windstorm that took down a number of our antennas, some of which we later repaired and pressed back into service.   I shot a fair bit of video over there and posted the storm sequence to YouTube. 

The series of 6 below cover that storm from onset to aftermath. Part 5 is the clip that actually has the fall of Hexbeam #4.  Enjoy!

3DA0ET Dxpedition Nov 2013 - The Storm (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVlOkPzz1kE

3DA0ET Dx-pedition: The Storm (Part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0FbB8l8iCE
 

3DA0ET DXpedition Nov 2013 - The Storm (Part 3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9N6TvJwBQ4
 

3DA0ET Dxpedition Nov 2013 - The Storm (Part 4)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gJ165_SvVA
 

3DA0ET DxPedition Nov 2013 -The Storm's Fury (Part 5)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7jsGfOT64A
 

3DA0ET DxPedition Nov 2013 - The Storm After the Fall (Part 6)

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I got my novice license in April 1976 as WN0TEV. Got on the air in June of that year after putting together a HeathKit HW-16 with HG10B VFO with a 80/40 dipole. Some of my early Elmer's there in Grinnell Iowa were Darryl Stimpson W0IQJ(SK), Harry Mill WB0AGM (SK), Ron Ridgway (K0ETZ, now W7PHX) and John Wedlock W0ASU who proctored my novice exam. Not long thereafter the FCC decided that novices would no longer have distinctive callsigns and thus became WB0TEV. Went off to LeTourneau college in Longview Texas that fall and operated novice CW from the club station there which at the time held the call K5JEF.

The summer after my freshman year in college I drove up to the FCC office in St. Paul, MN and got my Advanced Class License. I would later upgrade to Extra in 2000.

While in college at LeTourneau I ran a lot of 3rd party traffic for the many missionary kids who were my class mates to their parents in South America on the old Halo and InterAmerican traffic nets that met on 21.390 back in the late 70's.

I began chasing DX seriously in mid 1990's and have achieved DXCC on Phone, CW and RTTY. Not on the Honor Roll yet but getting close.

I engage in some contesting as well, mainly the ARRL Phone Sweepstakes contest and various State QSO Parties.

Since about 2004 I have been a regular mobile participant in the Texas QSO party, activating 2 to 3 dozen counties in NE Texas the last weekend in September.

In November 2013 I was a member of the 3DA0ET Dxpedition to Swaziland. Had a blast! Hope to return to southern Africa again someday on another DXpedition organized by K5LBU and ZS6RJ.

 

73,

Victor

 

 

 

 

 

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