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I QSL via Direct, (Please send $3 for postage cover.), LOTW, EQSL and BURO If not sufficent Green Stamps cards will be sent via BURO



I was first licenced in 1976 as ZR6KU. This being a restricted callsign we could only transmit on 6M and above. During 1977 I upgraded to a full ZS licence with the callsign ZS6ZS which I held until 2008. I obtained ZS1ZS during 1992. I am semi - retired and live in a security complex in Heiderand Mossel Bay with restricted space for antennas.

From 1994 to 2002 I operated A22ZS in Botswana.

My early interest in the hobby was RTTY operated on old CREED teleprinters and later Siemens 100 and 1000 machines. I was very keen on home construction and as I was working for a company manufacturing Printed Circuit boards mine was made at the office. I was one of the first PACKET operators in South Africa using firstly GLB TNC's and later using TAPR 1 and later versions.

I was in-operative for many years when the band conditions were at it lowest but kept my licences paid up.

Recently, I became interested in the Digital Modes. I built an interface similar to the SC1 circuitary on very board and having lots of fun on JT65-HF.

My Radios are some old vintage but I still have joy with them.

Radio Equipment:

  • Icom IC7000
  • Kenwood TS830S with AT230 ATU, VFO230 and SP-230 Speaker
  • Kenwood TR751E 2m radio
  • Heathkit SB200 Linear


  • Inverted V for 30m, 40m and 80m
  • Hygain TH5DXX Tri-Bander
  • Sloper 160 - 10m
  • G5RV
  • 2 element homebrew Yagi made from electric conduit piping and copper wire

Before putting it up on the tower (Now taken down and replaced by refurbished Hygain TH5DXX)

10m beam on tower 10m Hygain TH5DXX put on top

The 4M Jpole is also visible (now taken down)

All antennae are home built (Exept Hygain TH5DXX Yagi) and is tied to a triangle tower (Webb Industries) that is 12 m high The rotator on the tower is a Kenpro KR-1000SDX (Yaesu).


Dell Optiplex using windows XP

Digital Soundcard Interface:

Home brew, using 600:600 ohm Transformers to isolate PC from radio equipment and 4N33 opto coupler in the PTT line.

International Awards

ARRL - DXCC, ARRL - WAS, ARRL Diamond DXCC Challenge, CQ - WPX

eDX100, eWAS, ePFX300 (650+), eZ40 ,eAustralia, eJapan


Club website

I am a member of the South Cape Amateur Radio Club



Thanks for visiting my Callsign - 73 and looking to work you on the bands.

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