African DX Safaris

A2 - Botswana DXpedition
5 JULY-20 JULY 2007

We operated from the Stevensford Game Reserve located on the Limpopo River in Botswana's Tuli Block, about 450 KM northeast of Johannesburg, RSA.

Grid Square: KG47AC

Longitude 28.03.44E, Latitude 22.90.15S

We were active on all bands from 160-6 meters on CW and SSB,
with operations also on 6/2 meters and 70cm EME. Hal, ZS6WB (A25HL),
did most of the Digi modes. We had a M2 6 meter beam up on top
of one of the towers which was about 60 feet high using at least
300-400 watts or more.

 

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CW Station Antennas

Vertical used on 80 & 160m

SSB Station

SSB antennas with 40m slopers below.

The Shack

Team Botswana

l-r: Dee, XYL of Jay; Jay A25SL/W5SL; John A25OOK/9M6XRO; Frosty A25CF/K5LBU; Wayne A25KDJ/W5KDJ.

Taking a break

Wayne A25KDJ takes a break from the CW pile-ups.

 

 

Team Botswana Callsigns & QSL Routes

Botswana callsign *

Home callsign

Name

A25CFK5LBUFrosty
A25HQ QSL via K5LBU IARU contest callsign
A25KDJ W5KDJ Wayne
A25SL W5SL Jay

A25OOK

9M6XRO

QSL VIA M5AAV

John

A25HL ZS6WB Hal
A25DW ZS6JR Daniel
A25OB ZS6OB Jan
A25BUN ZS6BUN Dick

 

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Testimonial from a previous DX Safari team member:

"Hi Frosty,

Hope you are well recovered and getting ready for Bots! We had a really great trip to Swaziland and we cannot praise Daniel and yourself enough for all the effort and planning that went into making the expedition such a success. The IRTS hold their AGM Sunday week and many Presidents from European Societies as well as Dave Sumner from ARRL and IARU will be attending our 75th Dinner on the Saturday evening. We will be showing a presentation on the expedition so it will be good publicity for African DXsafaris. I will get you a copy of the presentation as soon as it is available.

Daniel has asked me to put a few thoughts together on any matters which might be improved...marketing, equipment, accomodation etc etc. To be really truthful, it is very difficult to find any elements that were not scoring 100%.

However, in return for all the excellent effort put in on your side, we will, over the next few weeks, put together some notes which may be of use. I think the main critique will be that you are underselling your product!

On a personal note, it had been 12 years since I had worked in East Africa, and I had great memories. I was fearful that Africa would have changed, and you know when you go back to places they never seem to quite measure up to the rose tinted memories that we guard with our lives. Well, you picked a winner for us, Swazi was great and lived up to everything that I hoped for, both for myself and the team. They have the feel of a bit of African dust in their boots, and I think they will be back for more before too long!

Best 73s

Paul EI2CA"

 

If you would like to join Frosty and crew for a future DX African Safari,

 contact Frosty - K5LBU at frosty1@pdq.net.

 

 

Be sure to visit the African DX Safari home page at:

www.africandxsafari.com

 

 

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