NEWS UPDATES below:
October 30, 2016 — Pista HA5AO reports that his volunteer assignment at orphanages in Lesotho is now complete, he made 4,027 QSOs during his off hours.
– First QSO in the log: 17 Oct 2016 16:16 UTC
– Last QSO in the log: 29 Oct 2016 15:21 UTC
The log was uploaded to HA5AO.com (Log Search & OQRS) from Lesotho, LotW will be uploaded in six months.
Any money donated to 7P8EUDXF will be used for humanitarian purposes. The results of Pista’s 2010 activity can be seen here. The before and after images are certainly eyeopening.
October 20, 2016 — There have been heavy storms for two days, it started Wednesday afternoon. He’s never seen so many lightening strikes within one minute.
Today (Thursday) the afternoon was not bad on 15m, his most productive band. A storm is moving in as he’s writing this update on Thursday afternoon. The noise level still very high below 17m.
There is now a backup generator in available, so power blackouts will be just a couple of seconds, as he does need to restart the station.
He is now on the air 2-3 hours a day, next week he will be on the radio more often
October 18, 2016 –He reports a very high noise level on all bands. On Monday it was S7-9 on 20, 30 and 40M. Signals from EU were weak, almost impossible to copy in the noise.
On Tuesday afternoon there was a nice opening on15m but a power blackout shut him down. Later that evening he went to 20 m, but there was another blackout. He will continue trying 40 and 80m, hopefully he’ll get a break in the noise.
October 16, 2016 — Pista HA5AO arrived Maseru, Lesotho on the afternoon of Friday, 14 Oct with 4 suitcases weighing over 110 kg (242 lbs) of radio equipment and gifts for the orphanages where he is a volunteer.
He began setting up the station and antennas on Saturday and will finish on Sunday. The noise levels are S2-3 on the higher bands, but S5-6 on the low bands. He has an appointment on Monday with the Lesotho Communication Authority to pick up the license.
He has written confirmation that a special callsign, 7P8EUDXF, may be issued celebrating 30 years anniversary of “European DX Foundation” (EUDXF). At this time he does not plan to use 7P8AO, just depends on what is actually issued on Monday.
He hopes to be on the air starting Monday 17 Oct for at least 10 days – look for him on CW, late afternoon and evening / night. Blackouts are frequent, usually 15 minutes to 1 hour. If he unexpectedly disappears without sending QRX or QRT it is possibly due to a blackout.
There is Internet access, he will upload logs daily to OQRS on – HA5AO.com – he will operate has much as possible.
He begins working on his humanitarian projects at the orphanages on Tuesday.
Gene K5GS for Pista