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.
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
Minneapolis MN, W0IZ/7P8IZ; Dave Anderson of Ashville NC K4SV/7P8DA;
Madison Jones of Houston TX, W5MJ/7P8MJ; Neil King of Port Coquitlam,
Columbia, Canada VA7DX/7P8NK; and Tom Anderson of Colleyville TX,
K4SV and VA7DX will also be operating from 3DA after 7P8.
Callsigns will be 3DA0SV for Dave Anderson K4SV and 3DA0WC for Neil
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
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--Larry and 7P8KA--K2DXV--Karen.
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
For additional information contact Frost at [EMAIL PROTECTED] or Tom
Anderson at [EMAIL PROTECTED]
On line web page and logs will be at http://www.amsatnet.com/7p8.html
once the DXpedition is underway.
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