Born 1964, licenced 1980 as ZS6BCR. I was inactive from 2000 to 2011, while raising my daughter. My main interest is in contesting, where I held several world and continental records in the single band category of CW, RTTY and Phone contests. I attended WRTC four times, as W6O, S572L and OJ1W and in 2014 as a referee. I ran a series of DXpeditions in the Eighties and Nineties, emphasising low band, WARC band and RTTY activity. You may have worked me from 7P, 3DA, A2, IH9, V5, ZS0 or ZS9. I also tried to come on the air from various locations during casual visits, including BV, DL, ET, FP, G, I2, K1, K7, K8 and VO2.
I also once did a bit of DXing, with 10BDXCC, 8BWAS, 5BWAZ and Top of the DXCC Honor Roll (Mixed and Phone). On CW, I need North Korea P5. In the mean time, I'm working on my DXFC score (see http://dxfc.org) while holding down a read job, flying ambulance jets part time, working on my PhD, participating in our local church and supervising a flying school (http://pilots.co.za).
I have a tribander (10/15/20) and some sloping wires (40/80/160) which I force-feed on the other bands. I also have a five element Yagi for 50 MHz, up about 4 m, pointed north. The radio is an IC706 mobile radio, unfortunately without a CW filter. I long back to the super contest station that I had in the Nineties.
One day I'm hoping to scrape together the resources to develop a new contest station outside the city. I've made a start. The piece of land includes the mandatory hilltop. As of March 2015, the first tower is up. It only radiates in the audio band, though.
If you want to know about my QSL policy, check http://zs6ez.org.za/qsl-pol.htm . Short version: I confirm all non-duplicate QSOs via the bureau. I also answer all direct requests that include sufficient postage. All my logs are on LotW, to the tune of more than 260 000 QSOs. Almost all QSOs were confirmed via the bureau at the time of the contacts. If you are in the log, you should have received a card. I turn around direct requests (with return postage!) within a month.
The SARL QSL Bureau seems to have disposed of all my incoming cards between about 2002 and 2010, for reasons that I can only speculate about. Things seem to have returned to normal. If you sent a bureau card during this period, please re-send it.
Important Note: The South African Post Office was on strike from July to December 2014. Mail from last year continues to arrive in drips and drabs, even though the strike is officially over. I continue to process requests as they arrive. I'm not sure if outgoing mail is being delayed.
Please have a look at http://zs6ez.org.za. You'll find a wide variety of information there, including the ZS Rogues' Gallery http://zs6ez.org.za/lists. The site contains the most comprehensive list of 50 MHz DXCC certificates world-wide, as well as complete records for South African DXCC holders and partial lists of contesting achievements and several other awards (including WAS and WAZ).
If you're interested in working me on 5 MHz (60 m), check out my 5 MHz DX page (http://zs6ez.org.za/60m.htm#Sked).
News regarding FCC licence exams can be found here: http://zs6ez.org.za/fcc-exam.htm
The picture shows me operating OJ1W at OH2BAD's holiday cottage during WRTC2002. I'm much older now, and my posture is much better. ZS4TX pressed the shutter button.
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