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Andre Pretorius V51B
P.O. Box 626

I am good on LOTW.

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  Hi All, thank you for looking me up.

Please QSL only direct.
My direct address is to the left, and I'm also good on LOTW.
SWL reports are also welcome smiley

Please include US$2 normal airmail or US$5 registered mail (no IRC please as I cannot exchange them) and Self Addressed Envelope..

Dxpeditions that I have been a pilot for in the past:
  • Ducie VP6D Planned Nov 2018
  • Baker & Howland KH1 Planned June 2018
  • Mellish Reef VK9MA Nov 2017
  • Palmyra K5P Jan 2016
  • Willis Island VK9WA Nov 2015
  • Chesterfield Islands TX3X October 2015
  • Navassa K1N Feb 2015
  • Vanuatu YJ0X May 2014
  • Mellish Reef VK9MT Mar - Apr 2014
  • S21ZBB & S21ZBC - Nov 2013
  • Temotu H40T & H44G Mar 2013
  • Uganda 5X8C Feb 2013
  • Clipperton TX5K Feb 2013
  • Conway Reef 3D2C Sept 2012
  • Brunei V84SMD Nov 2012
  • Mauritania 5T0SP Nov 2012
  • Campbell Island ZL9HR Nov 2012

This is me behind the rig. This photo was taken during the 2012 SSB WPX contest .

As at the 10th August 2016 this is the newest addition to the antenna farm, a homebrew 2 element 30m & 40m Cubical Quad. The antenna is installed 16m above ground using a Yaesu G-2800DXA rotator.


The photo below was the latest (4th) attempt at strengthing the antenna against wind damage. Lets hope it lasts longer than before?

​The photo below was the latest (3rd) attempt at strengthing the antenna against wind damage. Lets hope it lasts longer?

​The photo below was the second (2nd) attempt at strengthing the antenna against wind damage..........but it was still not strong enough!

The photo below was the second time the wind damaged the quad, this time damage was less than the first time hi hi!

Photo below was the first time I built and installed the quad. The quad was almost completely destroyed in the wind.

Youtube link to my homebrew quad: https://youtu.be/0LhI5duYv6g

Below are pictures of my completed 4 element 20m to 12m and 5 elements on 10m cubical qaud at 14m/46ft.

Previously I owned a 2 element quad for 20 - 10m which was desinged by Terry N8QS. I always knew one day, I  will have a "big antenna". Thus I started a tower and antenna project, that took me just over 1 year to complete. I started in Sept 2014 constructing a homebrew crank-up tilt-over mast. The tower was completed by June 2015 but I had to postpone the installation as I took my family to visit my sister in VK2. Once we returned I installed the tower during October 2015. Whilst I was waiting the concrete to set, I started assembling the antenna. (For the tower, I had no plans to work from, so this was built entirely from my head and remembering what similar towers should look like.........I hope it will withstand the test of time, hi hi!!!)

The antenna is also 100% homebrew, accept for the design/modelling and sharing of the modelled files. My good friend Terry N8QS originally modelled the antenna for another good friend, Joan EA3AKP. Joan, cool guys as he is, shared the modelled files with me a few months ago. Thus, on the 08 November 2015 the antenna was mounted on the boom and ready to fire!!! I was absolutely amazed at the reports I received (and just in time for VK9WA – for which I was also the AF pilot).

Below are a few photo’s of my antennae and tower projects. Hope you enjoy them.  


This a picture of the completed Quad antenna. 4 Elements from 20m to 12m and 5 elements on 10m at 14m/46ft.

Here the tower was nested down and antenna finally installed looking east towards ZS and yes, I had to perform a little "attitude adjustment" on the oak tree, next to the antenna, as the spreaders were touching the tree. You can also see my homebrew 40m moxon beam on the tower to the right of the photo. The moxon is still in use.

The photo below is of the boom which is 10.2m long. You can see the homebrew boom-to-mast clamp, homebrew high wind kit, etc.

The photo below: here the homebrew tower was installed.

Below: we are getting ready to pour the concrete!

The other photo's below are from what I use to own and a contest I took part in. I still have the 40m moxon beam running as it works like a dream!!


Here are photo's of my homebrew amplifier.

This is my 40m Moxon beam and have been using it since March 2013. The other stuff on the boom should still be taken off at some stage.

The photo below: I used to run a moxon beam for both 40m and 30m bands, the antenna was taken down and replace with the big quad. This antenna really worked well.





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dedateband mode grid Country op
N8YHY 2016-08-05 40m JT65A EM88FW15 United States CHRIS D SCOTT
Z63MED 2014-05-23 40m SSB KN02oq Republic of Kosovo ( David Meadows
VK2NRB 2010-12-13 20m SSB QF55kp Australia ROBERT BUNTING
2M0XAT 2010-12-09 20m SSB JO15xn Scotland MR ROSS
YC6NE 2010-12-09 15m SSB NJ93hn Indonesia BILLY Mc NAPITUPULU
W4EOG 2010-11-24 20m SSB EM83un United States ADDIS T BAXTER, Mr
W4NVC 2010-11-23 20m SSB EM93ua United States WILLIAM J WRIGHT
K2SJ 2010-11-23 20m SSB FM29ku United States Robert C Johnson
N0VTZ 2010-11-22 17m SSB EN32wv United States Jim
W7TG 2010-11-22 17M SSB CN98 United States William T Gracey
KH7CX 2010-11-21 20m SSB BL11bg Hawaii Alexander G Stengel
VE1WLC 2010-11-20 20m SSB FN73kq Canada Wayne Lewis Chetwynd
W7GLC 2010-11-20 20m SSB CN88sr United States GARY L CRAWFORD
W5LEL 2010-11-20 20m SSB EM40sl United States Laurent E Lafargue
LU6VOQ 2010-11-20 20m SSB FE89le Argentina LUIS NELSON MONTEFIORE

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