OPDX Special Bulletin 1287.1 October 16, 2016

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Special Bulletin No. 1287.1
BID: $OPDX.1287.1
October 16, 2016
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, Oh

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K6GS and N0TG for the following DX information.

7P8, LESOTHO (Press Release)
Gene, K5GS, sent out the following press release [edited]:
Pista, HA5AO, arrived in Maseru, Lesotho, on the afternoon of Friday, October 14th, 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, October 17th, 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 - - he will operate has much as possible. He begins working on his humanitarian projects at the orphanages on Tuesday..... 73, Gene K5GS for Pista

Randy, N0TG, sent the following press release [edited]:
QSL cards have been sent to the printer. We estimate to start sending cards in next 3 - 4 weeks. LoTW has been uploaded. Unfortunately, and mysteriously some data did not upload to LoTW. We will investigate that and see what can be done after we get finished with the distribution of QSL cards direct and Bureau.

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