Of course I had to deploy my antenna upon arrival. A single launch had the EFHW over a strong branch about 20ft high. A non-thorn tree! Soon I was QRV using my Norcal 40A at 1.5 Watts. The following in my log:
LOCAL RST (R) RST(S) CALL
17:08 599 599 ZS4SF Monk in Welkom indicating some QRM but a FB signal
17:20 599 599 ZS6AZP Dave in Centurion indicating rising QRM
17:30 549 599 ZS6AJY Barrie in Benoni / QRM
The band was definitely going long and an hour later I was unable to make a QSO as I heard european stations coming in. The reports received were very satisfying, convincing me that the system was working ok.
After a delicious braai of short ribs and salad we retired for a good night's sleep.
This morning we were up bright and early before sunup and joining the queue of vehicles waiting for the gates to open at 6am. We headed for the famous S100 road where there are purported to be a large pride of lions in residence. Yes we were lucky! Right there walking alongside the road were a beautiful lion and lioness. This was certainly the highlight of the morning for us. What a memorable sight to behold in the golden morning sunlight.
We stopped at a nice picnic spot where we rented a 'skottle' with which to cook our breakfast consisting of eggs. tomato, fried banana and tea.
What a great start to our Kruger trip..
|Picnic spot near Satara camp and overlooking Mozambique|