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Internet is very poor in South Africa. My new email address is zt1tzs1afs@gmail.com

The latest additions/upgrade at ZS1AFS (ZT1T) are the 4-element tribander for 20, 15, 10m and SPE Expert 1.3kW  running about 800 watts. South Africa has a 1kW limit that was raised from the previous 400watts ceiling.

I have just completed a vertical array (2 elements) for 40m, covering Europe and North America. With the new amplifier is installed ZS1AFS/ZT1T will be qrv more on 40m.

A new addition to be installed will be an ELAD DUO transceiver. This will be used to monitor the bands.

The ELECRAFT KPA-500 is in use on the WARC bands using a TW-33-M (installed Xmas Day 2016).

The new WARC 3-band 3-element yagi antenna is on the second tower.

I have installed 40m extensions on the Mosley TA-34XL and can now offer 40m dx contacts.

ZS1AFS can often be found on 40m around 0300GMT on weekday mornings.

Both towers can be operated simultaneously, one using the SPE 1.3kW and the other through the ELECRAFT KPA-500, running 400/500wats, on 10, 18 and 24MHz.

ZS1AFS and ZT1T are qrv from 40m to 10m. PSK 31 and 63 are also operational using two SignaLink interfaces.

Please use the email for any initial contact. Unfortunately I am unable to access my previous emails and address book coz my fone keyboard stopped working. Please resend an email if I have not respoded.

My ZS1AFS WAS certificate for 20m has arrived and I am working for WAS on 15, 17,12 and 10m.

Further to accompanying details, logs are uploaded by email to LOTW infrequently (three months or more),

due to poor Internet at QTH.

QSLs need 2 green stamps and addressed envelope to be returned.

Please no IRC because my local post office will not accept.

I am not a member of SARL or the ZS buro.

History of ZT1T

I have obtained DXCC for ZT1T. I will be sending out cards to confirm further contacts shortly. There are no outstanding QSL cards to reply to,  16th  December 2017.

After many years of blue water sailing it was decided to sail our yacht back to South Africa from the UK, via GU, F, EA,CT3, EA8, D44 and PY.

I sailed as G0CAJ/MM with my XYL G0EZN/ZS1AFR from July 2010 to March 2011. We were rescued mid-South Atlantic when the forestay fitting broke. The aluminium reefing foil recoiled and zig-zagged.

We could not pull down the furling sail.

The deck-stepped mast became unstable and without a backstay there would have been no communications.

We had to abandon mid-ocean and arrrived back in ZS via Cameroun and the UK.

I have been QRV again as ZS1AFS since returning to ZS in April 2011 whilst working on my WAS (20m cards for the second time).

We use the call ZT1T to mark the rescue every Christmas and Easter back in ZS. It is a permanent call used to mark events.

There is only one ZT1 call in South Africa! This is a unique prefix. Thanks to all who help to make ZT1T a success.

The Easter 2017 period was a partial success because of the loss of propagation. However, we did contact 82 countries.

The station enjoyed runs on 40m and 20m.

ZS1AFR, Susan, was operational on PSK mainly on 15m.

ZT1T will be active around Xmas 2017, and then Easter 2018.

As stated above PSK31 is now a mode of communication. Both stations are equipped with SignaLink interfaces.

ZT1T cards are sent out on receipt. There are no outstanding cards as of December 2017.

Mail to South Africa can take up to two months to arrive in ZS and to be returned!

All of my previous US cards, contacts before April 2010, were lost when I abandoned my yacht.

Anyone who sent ZS1AFS a WAS 15m card, please can you re-send?

I will respond with postage in green stamps included, 100%, to anyone who is so kind.

New contacts should include 2 green stamps with their qsl card. I am not a member of the ZS buro.

Due to the volume of incoming cards I will not be able to respond to cards that arrive with insufficient, or no postage

And do not have previously arranged agreement.

Several cards for ZT1T have arrived without. I will hold them for a short period.

I can be contacted whilst operating on my email address 24/7.

I would like to thank the numerous operators who have responded to my request.

I thank the others in advance. de Tom

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