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    A25/DL7DF - Botswana - September/October 2008
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Our next DXpedition goes to Botswana, A25. We will be on the air between Sep 23, 2008 and Oct 06, 2008.


Our callsign is A25/DL7DF. We will be active with several stations on 160m through 10m on CW, SSB. One station will be exclusively dedicated to RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. Please check our News Page.



Our equipment consists of 4 transceivers (2 x K2, 1 x IC 735, 1 x IC7000), 3 x kW linears , 3 x 18 m Lowband Vertical, a 4 square for 40, a 4 square for 30, a Hexbeam for 20/17/15/12/10, a Spiderbeam for 20/17/15/12/10, some Beverage antennas as well as some laptop computers.


Our experienced crew includes:

DK1BT, Manfred
DL4WK, Wolf
DL5CW, Andy
DL7DF, Sigi and XYL Sabine
DL7UFR, Frank
SP3DOI, Leszek

Pilot   Pilots for this DXpedition are Bernd, DF3CB and Floyd, N5FG.

QSL   The QSL-Route is via DL7DF either direct to:
Sigi Presch
Wilhelmsmuehlenweg 123
D-12621 Berlin
or via the German QSL bureau DARC to DL7DF.
    If you prefer a direct QSL please send a SASE and 1 IRC or 3 US$ for outside of Europe and 1 IRC or 2 US$ for mail within Europe. When sending IRC's please check the expiration date, the new ones are valid until the end of 2009. Any donations are very welcome and needed for the high shipping costs.
    If you do not provide the right return postage or a self addressed envelope, we reply via the buro. Please only one call sign per letter! If more than one, all additional cards go via the buro.

Postage needed for 1 envelope with 20 Gramm (FYI):

    A letter within DL = 55 Euro Cent, a letter within Europe costs 70 Euro Cent, a letter outside of Europe is 1.70 Euro. 1 US$ is equal to 51 Euro Cent. So please keep in mind that 1 US$ - due to the bad exchange rate between the US$ and the Euro - does not cover the postage needed for an overseas airmail letter or for a letter within Europe!

Sponsors   We would like to express our sincere thanks to all our sponsors for this DXpedition:
www.funkamateur.de www.QSL-Shop.com
Rudi - DM2XO
ex. DL7VFR
Bert - DJ2BC  
Berlin DX Group B&B Westafrikaspezialist
Sid - DM2AYO Spiderbeam
Nippon DX Association (NDXA) www.appellofunk.de
DX Wire
Chiltern DX Club: The UK DX Foundation German DX Foundation
QRP Project
  Individual sponsors
  Jan - DL7UFN

Country name: Republic of Botswana (short form: Botswana)
National capital: Gaborone
Location: Southern Africa, north of South Africa, bordering to the countries Namibia 1.360 km, South Africa 1.840 km and Zimbabwe 813 km
Area: total: 600,370 sq km
land: 585,370 sq km
water: 15,000 sq km
Land boundaries: 4.013 km
Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)
Climate: semiarid; warm winters and hot summers
Terrain: predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest
Natural resources: diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore, silver
Population: 1.842.323 (July 2008 est.)
Ethnic groups: Tswana (or Setswana) 79%, Kalanga 11%, Basarwa 3%, other, including Kgalagadi and white 7%
Religions: Christian 71.6%, Badimo 6%, other 1.4%, unspecified 0.4%, none 20.6% (2001 census)
Languages: Setswana 78.2%, Kalanga 7.9%, Sekgalagadi 2.8%, English 2.1% (official), other 8.6%, unspecified 0.4% (2001 census)
Independence: 30 September 1966 (from UK)
Economy: Botswana has maintained one of the world's highest economic growth rates since independence in 1966, though growth slowed to 4.7% annually in 2006-07. Through fiscal discipline and sound management, Botswana has transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country in 2007. Two major investment services rank Botswana as the best credit risk in Africa. Diamond mining has fueled much of the expansion and currently accounts for 70-80% of export earnings. Tourism, financial services, subsistence farming, and cattle raising are other key sectors. On the downside, the government must deal with high rates of unemployment and poverty. Unemployment officially was 23.8% in 2004, but unofficial estimates place it closer to 40%. HIV/AIDS infection rates are the second highest in the world and threaten Botswana's impressive economic gains. An expected leveling off in diamond mining production overshadows long-term prospects.
Reference: CIA - The World Factbook -- Botswana

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