I use a Yaesu FT-DX 5000D for CW and SSB and a Yaesu FT-2000 for digital modes. My antennas are a SteppIR 4 element yagi with the 40/30m add-on, on a 20m tower, a SteppIR BigIR vertical and a 80m inverted vee. CW is my preferred mode.
I am a member of the ARRL, South African Radio League (SARL), Namibian Amateur Radio League (NARL) and UKSMG.
Please view photos of my shack, antennas and QTH below.
I enjoy contesting and I try to participate (work permitting) in most of the major contests in the low power, single operator category. I sometimes use the special callsign V55X in the CQ WPX contests. My best achievements thus far :
All Asia Contest : Continental Winner CW: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 Phone: 2010
ARRL Int DX Contest : Continental Winner Phone: 2009, 2010, 2011
ARRL 10m Contest : Continental Winner CW: 2012
CQ WPX Contest : #2 Africa SSB: 2010
CQ DX Marathon : Continental Winner 2011
IARU HF World Championship : Zone 57 Winner CW: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Oceania DX Contest : Continental Winner CW: 2013 Phone: 2013
WRTC 2014 : Ranked #2 in Africa in qualification standings (#1 in South/East Africa)
Operating Awards (Achieved since October 2007 using LOTW)
DXCC : CW, Phone, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m,12m, 10m, Challenge
WAS : CW, Phone, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m
WPX : Mixed(2005), CW, Phone, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, AF, AS, EU, NA, OC, SA
I will gladly reply to every QSL received using the same method you send your QSL to me. SWLs are welcome to send me reports. I use the following QSL options in an effort to cater for most operators requiring a V5 QSL.
LOTW : My preferred QSL method. I usually upload my logs daily.
Direct : You are most welcome to QSL direct. I will reply to all direct QSLs accompanied by a SAE, and US$2.00 or one current IRC, within 2-3 working days. You are also welcome to check on the status of your direct QSL by e-mailing me.
QSL Bureau : Direct or LOTW QSLs are preferred, but if you need to send your QSL via the bureau, please use the Namibian Amateur Radio League (NARL) QSL Bureau.
Reverse Beacon Network
Since June 2011 I have been operating a permanent skimmer linked to the Reverse Beacon Network (Please see www.reversebeacon.net). Currently my skimmer monitors the 40m to 10m bands using a QS1R receiver coupled to a Hygain AV-640 vertical antenna.
Six Metre Operation
When propagation conditions are promising I operate a CW beacon V51YJ/B on 50.028 MHz.
144 MHz EME
I am constructing a 2m EME station. The antenna is an array of four 18-element (9H and 9V) X-Polarized LFA antennas from Innov Antennas (See www.innovantennas.com). The receiver is a IQ+ dual channel EME receiver used in conjunction with MAP65 software. My transmitter (exciter) is a Yaesu FT-897.
I support the DX Code of Conduct. Please refer to http://www.dx-code.org
See you on the bands !!
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