3DA0WW team operation from Eswatini

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by NT2X, Oct 10, 2021.

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Great series of photos - thanks for posting!!

  2. NT2X

    NT2X Ham Member QRZ Page

    Lots of action on the other end, as reported by Pavel, UU0JR. 80 and 160 are difficult to operate on CW and SSB on due to severe RF interference. 80m supports FT8 mode and they continued to make QSO's at a good clip. Last night they made an attempt at working 80 meters CW and made a total of about 50 c0ntacts (2 ops together strained to pick the calls out of the noise). A thunderstorm went by and messed up reception with static crashes. 1/4 wave 80m antenna was used for both Rx and Tx. Few dozen JA's were worked on 80, but it was before the storm rolled by.

    160 meter antenna is connected to a station in another cottage, and only yesterday they managed to make it work. Previously wild SWR swings were observed, due to fog and rain. The multi-band vertical which also supported 160 m was re-made into an Inverted Vee antenna. A whole of 10 QSOs were made with it.

    Their first beverage antenna was pretty useless and didn't work as expected. New beverage, 160 meters in length was installed today. They hope it will work as expected on both 80 and 160.

    They promised me to be on 80 meters tonight and should listen to North America when the propagation is right. I will be waiting for them also.

    The station in the cottage that is closer to that cellular/internet tower is experiencing unexplained disruptions, perhaps due to external RF. Yesterday they had difficulties on 24 Mhz, whereas Expert amp switched itself off continuously, as if SWR was high. But nobody did anything and the antenna was fine. Other bands were OK and not affected. Fog and rain do have detrimental effects on other antennas' SWR, but they managed somehow.

    Now you know everything :)

    Few photos and videos will be posted shortly

    73, Ed/NT2X
  3. NT2X

    NT2X Ham Member QRZ Page

    Video of Yuris, YL2GM operating on 18 MHz

  4. NT2X

    NT2X Ham Member QRZ Page

    Alex UT7UV running a pile-up

  5. NT2X

    NT2X Ham Member QRZ Page

    And few new photographs for your viewing pleasure.

    Alex UT7UV operating 3DA0WW


    Yuris YL2GM operating 3DA0WW


    One of the 3DA0WW stations doing FT8

  6. NT2X

    NT2X Ham Member QRZ Page

    Scram! A HUGE African grasshopper is here (locust?)

  7. NT2X

    NT2X Ham Member QRZ Page

    Correction - 160 m antenna is an Inverted L, not Inverted V, as reported earlier. My apologies
  8. NT2X

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    How to grow a beverage. Part I

  9. NT2X

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    How to grow a beverage. Part II

  10. NT2X

    NT2X Ham Member QRZ Page

    Conditions on 80 CW around 22.00 when they started were very noisy, even with new beverage. They promised to be back an hour before their sunrise, which is at 03.12 UTC. But their signal was nice on the East Coast, 559 to 569 (on 4SQ) most of the time, with lots of people calling, alas few have gotten through. Good luck guys

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