3DA Piggs Peak, Swaziland Trip2

Dates: 25 to 28 October 1996

Callsign: 3DADX

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ZS6BRZ at the Phophonyane Lodge & Nature Reserve, where I operated as 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2.

Here is Andre, ZS6WPX, outside the hotel office.

The purpose of our second trip was for the contest. Sam, ZS6BRZ, met us at Andre’s house with his 4-wheel drive vehicle. We hitched up the tower trailer and off we went. We rented one rather large lodge that slept four, had two full bathrooms, and only cost 100 USD per day.Phophonyane Lodge & Nature Reserve
P.O. Box 1999
Piggs Peak
Telephone & Fax: 09268-71319

The operators at Swaziland trip 2 at 3DAØDX were ZS6WPX, ZS6BRZ and WJ2O.

The operators, Andre, ZS6WPX, Sam, ZS6BRZ, and Dave, WJ2O.

Sam, ZS6BRZ, attaching the assembled antenna

Attaching the assesbled antenna at 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2.
Sam adjustng the antenna at 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2.

Sam, ZS6BRZ adjusting right before we hailed it into the sky!

Sam, ZS6BRZ and Andre, ZS6WPX pulling on the antenna to straighten it up.

Antenna installation at 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2 going up.
Antenna instalation at 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2 halfway there.

Now the antenna is halfway up.. just a bit more to go!

Andre, ZS6WPX, is attaching the Inverted-Vees for some more antenna power.

Andre attaching the inverted Vees at 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2.
Antenna installation at 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2 is finished.

And there she is ready to start operating 3DAØDX!


The Shack


The shack with Andre, ZS6WPX making final adjustments.

The shack at 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2, South Africa.
One of the bedrooms at 3DAØDX in Swazailand trip 2, (South Africa)

My bedroom in Swaziland and where I hardly had any time to sleep!

Andre, ZS6WPX, enjoying a nice breakfast with us

Our host having breakfast art 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2, South Africa.
Dave, WJ2O logging onto the internet in times of slow internet at 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2.

Downloading E-mail. It was a lot of work to get my E-mail. First the telephone jack was wired differently than the United States so I took that apart. Then you have to try to get a long distance call into Johannesburg. The antique 1200 bps modem is painfully slow.


Operating


Andre, ZS6WPX operating 3DAØDX.

Andre, operating 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2, South Africa.
Sam operating 3DAØDX in Swaziland trip 2 (South Africa)

Sam ZS6BRZ, operating the station.

Dave operating 3DAØDX.

Dave operating 3DAØDX with an amp in 3DAØDX (Swaziland trip 2).

3DADX QSL Card Front

 3DAØDX qsl card front swaziland trip 2

3DADX QSL Card Back

 3DAØDX qsl card back swaziland trip 2

Licensing: It is just a matter of filling out an application for your license. Andrew drove to their capital city of Mbabane and applied in person in advance of our trips, but I believe you can submit your application by mail assuming you give yourself plenty of time.

Trip Statistics Report

ZS6WPX, ZS6BRZ, 3DA0, 3DAØ, 3DAØDX, Swaziland trip 2, WJ2O radio dxpedition, Phophonyane Lodge & Nature Reserve, ZS6BR antenna tower

Equipment:

Kenwood TS-850 Transceiver
486-DX Laptop Computer
MFJ-432 Voice Keyer
Cushcraft A4S Antenna
HyGain Rotor
Inverted Vee’s for 40 & 80
Kenwood 922 Amplifier

Award

Customs:

Swaziland officials are aware of the positive economic impact of tourism. They go out of their way to try and make you feel comfortable and welcome. However, your vehicle may be subjected to a search if you look a bit suspicious.

ZS6WPX, ZS6BRZ, 3DA0, 3DAØ, 3DAØDX, Swaziland, WJ2O radio dxpedition, Phophonyane Lodge & Nature Reserve, ZS6BR antenna tower