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ZS2ABF South Africa flag South Africa

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Hi fellow Hams,

I have been a ham since 1979 here in South Africa

I am an Englishman and lived in Sheffield,England. I joined the Royal Air Force in 1958 on a 3 year engagement and served as a Ground Wireless Mechanic. I was stationed at RAF Loking and RAF Valley in the UK. Later I was posted to the 2nd Tactical Airforce Germany, were I was stationed at 101Signals Unit, at Brockzetale in the north of Germany. This was an underground Radar station and I worked at the Transmitter and/or the Receiver stations 3 Kms away.. This was during the cold war with Russia and finally I was transferred to RAF Gatow TX station in Berlin, which was then in the heart of East Germany. We were surrounded by several divisions of Russian occupation troops.It was our job to keep communications up and running between Berlin and Western Europe. I have many a tale to tell during this 12 month period, whilst working at the transmitter station.

I left England in 1968 and went out to live in Zambia, Africa. I worked at a factory making "Supersonis Radio" Shortwave radios and radio grams. This factory was 100 MTs away from the Zambezi river and a few kilometers above the Great Victoria Falls (one of the 7 wonders of the world).

In 1969 I was transferred to the city of Bulawayo in the then Rhodesia. Here I worked in a similar, sister factory also making "Supersonic" Radios.

1976 saw me moving to East London, on the South East coast of South Africa, were I worked at a TV manufacturing company. I have lived here ever since and am now retired (Professional Loafer, Ha, Ha)

I work the Digital modes on HF. I work SSTV on 14.230 USB if you are also interested in SSTV look out for me. I also work BPSK31 & Olivia, and the other Digital modes that just grow and grow.

I now use the program Pal Multi mode for XP to Tx/Rx SSTV. I use this program on 14.230 MHz USB. Please listen /look for my call in the waterfall.

I am a member of the "Belgium Club SSTV" Membership No.233, and a member of NVCG (Nippon Visual Communications Group).

I also do FSTV(Fast Scan TV) on 2.4GHz using 15 Millie Watts and hold the South African record with a distance of 16.8 Km, with a perfect live picture using only 15 Millie watts of  low power by using line of sight.

I used to  hold the South African record for VHF SSB voice on 144.401MHz (horizontal) with a distance of 3020 KM. using an 8 Element Beam and only 10 Watts of power. Yes it is possible when Inversion/ducting takes place. You have to be in the right place at the right time. Now another ZS2 ham further down the coast holds the record.

Otherwise I just rag chew. I do not like grabbing as many Call signs as I can each night with only a quick signal report. I personally think that is not what Ham Radio was intended for. So lets have a good chat and make new friends.

I was also privileged to have the call sign S42ABF which was the "Republic of CISKIE". This was an independent state located south and north west of my location. Unfortunately the CISKIE was later incorporated back into South Africa and I lost the call.

I am also on APRS using the program UI-View.

I was the founder of the "South African Ham Radio UFO Interest Group" (SAHRUIG) and used to put out a weekly Packet news letter about world wide sightings of UFO's until our local BBS went off the air. I saw my one and only UFO in the UK in 1952 is Derbyshire England. I no longer provide this service as our local Radio club no longer has a local Packet BBS service.

I am also on D-Star. I was the first South African Ham on D-Star and logged onto the GB7SF D-Star repeater system located in Sheffield England, in the middle of 2009, I was then the only D-Star operator in Southern Africa. On the 17th August 2009 I gave a Power Point presentation to the Sheffield Amateur Radio Club entitled "Radio Hamming in South Africa & the Border Radio Club" After the presentation the D-Star committee presented me with a "DV Dongle" (that little blue thing) which allows me to log on to the D-Star system and talk around the world to other D-Star equipped hams. I normally hang out on the GB7SF repeater in mode C in Sheffield England, or on Reflector 1 in mode C or Reflector 6 in mode A, Via the US trust server in the USA. I also use the Dutch* Star software "WinDV" and this allows me to connect and talk through the ircddb and DCS /X reflectors using my blue DV Dongle. I now also bridge across to DMR radios using my Dongle  and D-Star.

Also look out for me on Echolink from time to time.

That's all for now but I will listen for you all on the bands.

 73's from Peter ZS2ABF.

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