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2003-05-14

Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 08:24:32 -0600 QSL routes for July 18-25 7P8 Dxpedition 7P8CF--K5LBU-Frosty 7P8TA--WW5L-Tom 7P8MJ--W5MJ-Madison 7P8NK--VA7DX-Neil 7P9DA--K4SV-Dave 7P8IZ--W0IZ--Igor QSL each call individually since there won't be a main DXpedition call. A web page will be announced later. 7P8CF and 7P8TA will be the main phone ops, while 7P8MJ, 7P8NK, and 7P8DA, 7P8IZ will be mostly CW and digital modes. This all modes, all band operation is under the aegis of the Texas DX Society http://www.tdxs.net and the Lone Star DX Association http://www.dxer.org/lsdxa . K4SV and VA7DX will also be operating from 3DA after 7P8, but Callsigns have not been issued yet. A sixth operator has joined July's week-long 7P8 Lesotho DXpedition that will give the group even more expertise in CW & digital mode operations, DXpedition chief operator Charles Frost, K5LBU/7P8CF. The newest operator to join the group is W0IR, Igor Zdorov of Minneapolis MN DXpedition that will give the group an additional plus in digital mode operations, said DXpedition chief operator Charles Frost, K5LBU/7P8CF. The newest operator to join the group is Dave Anderson, K4SV, a veteran of many world-class DXpeditions and a world class RTTY and digital modes operator. Zdorov has been licensed since 1964 and has more than 300 DXCC countries to his credit along with 5BDXCC. He was a team member of the 2002 BQ9P Pratas Island Dxpedition and has operated from Turkey (TA) under several different calls, TG Guatemala, BW4 Taiwan, and 1B Republic of Northern Cyprus. Zdorov is a member of the Twin Cities DX Association. He joins Dave Anderson of Ashville NC K4SV/7P8DA, Frost, Madison Jones, W5MJ/7P8MJ; Neil King VA7DX/7P8NK; and Tom Anderson WW5L/7P8TA, on the all modes, all band team July 18-25 from Mohale's Hoek, Lesotho. "Igor gives us even more strength on CW and the digital modes," said Frost, adding that a recent RTTY survey showed Lesotho was the 89th most wanted RTTY country. Dave Anderson was a member of the A50A and A52A Bhutan, VP5/KW4DA, Turks & Caicos 2000 & 2003 operations, T2DA Tuvalu, 3D2CW Fiji, K1B Baker Island, and ZL7C Chatham Islands. He has 303 DXCC countries confirmed and 314 worked. Dave Anderson also has written articles for DX Magazine on operations from Bhutan, Baker Island, and Chatham Island. He is a member of the Northern California DX Foundation, ARRL, Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Club, Kansas City DX Club, and the Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society. 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, which is coordinating the DXpedition along with the Lone Star DX Association. "Two of our operators are excellent SSB operators and the other four 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 at 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, and Alpha Delta 40/80/160 dipoles. Kenwood TS850S, ICOM 706MKIIg and 756 PRO, plus 600 and 1 KW amps. Most of the equipment is already in country. QSLs will be handled by each operator separately via their home calls as each will have their own 7P8 call. Andre van Wyck, ZS6WPX, is the on-scene coordinator of the DXpedition.