The 1980's proved to be an fascinating era for dxing in South Africa with many memorable highlights received for the first time.
Pinelands remained a good location for dx from North America during the early part of the decade. During the middle 1980's the "Sea Gain" effect at Sandbaai (Hermanus) provided sensational reception from Australia. The latter part of the decade will be remembered for some remarkable dxpeditions to Swartriet, situated on the West Coast of South Africa, where a 1 km beverage antenna was set up for the first time by dxer Vince Stevens.
I was fortunate to receive a few interesting QSL's during the 1980's. The verifications featured in the following posts will include highlights from North America, the Caribbean and Australia.
The first QSL card to arrive in my mailbox during the 1980's was from CFGO Ottawa ON on 1440 kHz. The Canadian station made a surprise appearance on the 19th August 1980 via the Siera receiver and 20 metre longwire antenna at Pinelands.
This CFGO sticker was included with the QSL card. Also included was a cool key chain which became a useful item for my car keys during the 1980's but has long since disintegrated !