Lesotho - 7P8
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73...Bruce KK5DO

The July 18-25 7P8 DXpedition by the Lone Star DX Association and the Texas DX Society has added two additional operators to its team.

Link to their 7P8 website

Noted Texas contester Larry Alkoff, N2LA, and his XYL Karen, K2DXV, of Austin have joined the U.S.-Canada team that will be on all bands, all modes from Mohale's Hoek, Lesotho. Alkoff, who was first licensed in 1953 as KN2DXV, and has 317 confirmed DXCC entities, and his wife have requested the calls 7P8LA and 7P8KA. The Alkoffs are members of the Central Texas DX and Contest Club in Austin.

Besides the Alkoffs, the team includes: Charles Frost, K5LBU/7P8CF; Igor Zdorov of Minneapolis MN, W0IZ/7P8IZ; Dave Anderson of Ashville NC K4SV/7P8DA; Madison Jones of Houston TX, W5MJ/7P8MJ; Neil King of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada VA7DX/7P8NK; and Tom Anderson of Colleyville TX, WW5L/7P8TA.

K4SV and VA7DX will also be operating from 3DA after 7P8. Callsigns will be 3DA0SV for Dave Anderson K4SV and 3DA0WC for Neil King, VA7DX. QSL via home calls.

The 7P8 operation will be an all mode, all band operation. "We hope to have at least one station on the air 24 hours a day," said Frost, of Missouri City TX, vice-president of the Texas DX Society http://www.tdxs.net/, which is coordinating the DXpedition along with the Lone Star DX Association http://www.dxer.org/lsdxa. "Two of our operators are excellent SSB operators and the others are specialists in CW and the digital modes," he added. Jones is president of the TDXS, while Tom Anderson is vice-president and information director of the Lone Star DX Association.

Operations will be will be from the Hotel Mount Maluti http://www.seelesotho.com/mountmaluti.htm near Mohale's Hoek (30.16 S and 27.48 E). Equipment includes Tribanders for 10-15-20, a 2 element WARC Band antenna, a log periodic, a 40-80-160 vertical, and Alpha Delta 40/80/160 dipoles. Kenwood TS850S, ICOM 706MKIIg and 756 PRO, plus 600and 1 KW amps. Most of the equipment is already in country.

Commerical equipment donors include Tennadyne Antennas, Array Solutions, AMSAT users group, AY-Technologies, Force 12, Icom and numerous generous TDXS and LSDXA members.

QSLs will be handled by each operator separately via their home calls as each will have their own 7P8 call.

QSL routes are: 7P8CF--K5LBU--Frosty; 7P8TA--WW5L--Tom; 7P8MJ--W5MJ--Madison; 7P8NK--VA7DX--Neil; 7P9DA--K4SV--Dave; 7P8IZ--W0IZ--Igor; 7P8LA--N2LA.

Andre van Wyck, ZS6WPX, is the on-scene coordinator of the DXpedition.

To help pay shipping expenses of donated equipment, the team is selling a commemorative t-shirt like the one the team will be wearing on its QSL card. Short sleeve shirts in sizes Medium through X-Large are $20 and a limited number of long sleeve shirt in XXL and XL are aviable at $25. Stateside and Canadaian postage is included in the cost. Add $5 for DX airmail delivery. Order through Frost or Tom Anderson via their callbook addresses.

For additional information contact Frost at frosty1@pdq.net or Tom Anderson at WW5L@gte.net.

On line web page and logs will be at http://www.amsatnet.com/7p8.html once the DXpedition is underway.

I will be building this page over the next few days. Currently, here are some pictures of Frosty, K5LBU, learning how to assemble the AO-40 satellite station on Field Day at KK5DO's QTH.

The radio, an Icom 706 MK IIg

All this stuff in one box?

This isn't too bad, I need longer arms

A wok? and I can hear a satellite with it?

This little thing is called a downconverter?

Not too shabby for my first try

This compass points north and the satellite somewhere over here

Thanks to Wayne Estes, W9AE for the AO-40 Portable DX Satellite Station