Botswana March 2016: I will be visiting Botswana on 18 to 20 March 2016. This time around I will only be active on the 17M band and, "crazy like a fool" will also try 6M just in case the Sun gives a kick and TEP is possible from KG25ij. My intention is to QAP on 50.097 and give CQ calls on CW from time to time between 1500z and 1800z. Antenna is a 3el LFA Yagi. For 17M a 1/4 wavelenght ground plane. Call A25GF.
Comment: With a constant S8 local QRM it was not even possible to tell if the condx on 17m were poor or not. Copying signals was extremely difficult so my apologies for the poor operating and signal reports. Thanks to all those stations calling. 73's Gerard.
There are not many Amateur Radio Stations in our neighbouring countries. During 2010 I decided to visit these countries before I get to the "shaky head and small step" age, Hi! The sole purpose is to provide Radio Amateurs around the world an opportunity for a "rare" DX QSO. Fortunately I had the full support of my XYL (SK 2013) who also enjoyed venturing into the unknown. Thank you for your patience in the pile-ups and better luck next time for those who missed a QSO. The countries visited are shown below.
QSL Info for 3DA0GF, V5/ZS6AYU, A25/ZS6AYU, 7P8GF, Z21GF, 9J2GR, C91GR, A25GF. �I do enjoy my paper QSLs. Much more personal than electronic QSLs, so please paper QSL direct or via SARL Bureau.� A QSL card will only be sent on receipt of your QSL card for the dx entities above (not applicable to home call). QSLs received with greenstamps and SEA will be honored via air mail. If you have problems with greenstamps I may be able to send a few via air mail otherwise it will be honored via SARL Bureau.
Gerard Roux, PO Box 34393, Erasmia, 0023, South Africa.
Any problems with QSLs, pse contact me via e-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org
QSL info for home station ZS6AYU. Via SARL Bureau or Direct.
Swaziland: November 2010 and October 2011 from nr Mbabane as 3DA0GF
The Shack at Hawane Resort on the left and inside the shack on the right.
The Antennas, Cushcraft A4S, A3WS and 4 Square for 40m by Daniel, ZS6JR. I have also used the 4 Square for 30m operation. If you are interested in a 3DA0 venture, look-up Daniel on QRZ.com.
Namibia: March 2011 from Aus, Sesriem and Okaukuejo. July 2011 from Gobabis as V5/ZS6AYU
The road from Aus to Luderitz on the left. Not walking from Aus to Sesriem! Just inspecting why we had a blow-out!
The Shack at Sesreim on the left . 637k behind. The Shack at Oukaukuejo on the right with the modified Collins 637k in the background.
Operating from the kitchen at Gobabis. 18 MHz whip outside.
Botswana: July 2011 and September 2011 from Jwaneng as A25/ZS6AYU: May 2014 and March 2015 as A25GF from Senyati Safari Camp near Kazugula
Fighting the local QRM at Jwaneng (2011 and again in 2016!).
Jawaneng: The antenna farm! 18 Mhz GP and 637k at the back.
September 2014 at Senyati Safari Camp as A25GF - No QSO on 6m LFA but plenty Elephants!
Sound On to Enjoy!
Lesotho: February 2012 from Roma as 7P8GF. March 8 to March 13 2012, 22 to 25 Oct 2013 and 14 to 18 April 2015 from Katse Lodge, Katze Dam
Left: Katze Dam with Lodge in background. Right: Another view of the Lodge from the only store in the area.
Inside, first time round with the Cushcraft R7000. R7000 on the right.
Zambia: 19 to 22 October 2012 from "Mama Out of Africa", near Livingstone. 40 to 10m CW with R7000 vertical, 100W. Call 9J2GR
The dressing room of "Out of Africa" movie on the banks of the Zambezi river. The shack is located outside, underneath the overhanging roof. Erratic operating during night hours due to attacks by flying insects, mosquitoes, creepy crawlies and hippos snorting a few yards away in the Zambesi.
Zimbabwe: 22 to 25 October 2012 from Victoria Falls as Z21GF. 40 to 10m with Cushcraft R7000 Vertical. FT857D with HL-550 fx linear. Again May 2014.
A wet Z21GF (ZS6AYU) at the Victoria Falls. On the right,my XYL, Ria (SK) with me at the Big Tree. Boabab, 23 metres high. Between 1000 and 1500 years old. (The tree!)
Keeping an eye on the regular visitors at Lokuthula Lodge, Victoria Falls. R7000 on the right. The "visitors" always ready for an eye-ball?
Outside looking in. R7000 in foreground. The operating station. The fan is to cool the operator so as not to lose his nut! The spin-off, mosquitoes do not like high wind conditions!
Mozambique: (28 May to 1 June 2013.) Call C91GR.
Cushcraft R7000 vertical.200 to 400W. CW Only. Re-visit,19 July 2013 to 22 July 2013. This time around the R7000 refused to work on 20m, 30m and 40m. Sri abt that. Re-visit, 16 March 2014 to 19 March 2014 using an AVQ 640 vertical. Had 1st time QSOs (102 in 13 different entities) on 6 meters with the AVQ 640. Below the vertical at Tenda Tora Lodge, Beline, March 2014.
I was trained as a Radio Operator (Air) when I joined the South African Air Force in 1954. During 1954, I was fortunate to do some training as Radar Operator on Short Sunderland flying boats. Other types during my career as radio operator was, Douglas DC-3 (C-47), Lockheed Ventura (B-34, PV-1), de Havilland Devon (Dove) and Heron (DH.114) and Vickers Viscount.
First licensed October 1959. Other call ZS1NS, 1972 to 1980. Member of SARL since July 1960. After all these years I am still trying to master the morse code! Other hobbies, home video editing.
73s es looking forward to a QSO with you.
Gerard (Gert) Roux ZS6AYU
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