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Friendly greetings from my station in central South Africa. I've become an unrestricted Radio Amateur in 2003 with the call of ZS4JAN. My elmer, now silent key was OM Frans Heidler ZS4AE. He helped me from the age of 10 years. My main activities is HF contesting, DX, QRP and hunting awards in the following modes - SSB, CW, AM, PSK31, JT65, FT8, RTTY, SSTV. My contest/special event call is ZT4T. I am a Yaesu collector and enjoy collecting valves (tubes), and valve boxes for my little museum. When I'm not infront of my radios, I'm busy homebrewing or designing new electronic projects.


My small tube collection. The two ceramic tubes on the left rear is used for our local VHF television transmitter. This transmitter is one of two tube transmitters left in South Africa. The tube in the left rear corner is used for 10Kwatt video, and the tube in front of him is used for 1KWatt audio. In front middle is a 6146 tube, and can be used to compare the sizes of tubes in the collection.

My station currently is not surrounded by big antennas, but there is a few projects inline. The contest station consist of 2x Yaesu FT1000MP in SO2R config. The SO2R controller is the Super Combo Keyer mk2 from ZS4TX. Audio is supplied by HEIL Pro set 4 and 6. Contest logging and station control is managed by N1MM+.

DX logging and archive is managed by WINLOG 32. Audio is supplied by HEIL Goldline Elite GM5 and controlled by W2IHY 8 band EQ and EQplus.

The digital station is managed by MixW, WSJT-X and JT Alert. The digital interface is DigiLink (ZS4JAN homebrew)


Contest corner and SO2R setup. 2x Yaesu FT1000MP, Super Combo Keyer 2 & HEIL Goldline Elite GM5 for DX. The FT1000MP on the left generated a few world records, and was in Finland for the WRTC. These records was achieved by Bernie ZS4TX and Chris ZS6EZ.

The Yaesu collection consist of the following units listed according to the manufactured dates:

1965 - FL100B & FR100B

1969 - FT200 & FV200 (grey enclosure)

1975 - FT101E & FL2100B, FV101B, YO100, FTV250, SP101PB, YP150, YC355D, YC500J

1978 - FT901DM & FL2100Z, FV901DM, YR901, YVM-1, SP901, FTV901R, YO901, FC902

1980 - FT707 & FP707, FC707, FV707DM

1981 - FT208R

1996 - FT1000MP VL1000, & SP8

1998 - FT920

1998 - FT847

2003 - FT8800

2007 - FT2000 & SP2000, DMU2000

Yaesu linear amplifiers - FL2100B, FL2100Z, VL1000

Kenwood 1978 - TS120V & VFO120, SP120, AT130

Collins 1970 - KWM2 (round emblem) & 321B-4, SM2

The complete collection is 100% working and in daily use. My equipment is in original condition with no modifications.


                                                                          Collins KWM2, 321B-4 speaker/patch controller & Collins SM2 Desk mike

                                                                                                      QRP field station in the African outdoors

     Field day station in the caravan. Yaesu FT920 with rig control to DELL laptop computer, HEIL Pro Set4, 210 A/H Deltec battery pack & 150 Watt AC inverter for laptop.

I am active in all CQWW, WPX, ARRL, RSGB and SARL contests in SSB, CW, AM, PSK31 and RTTY. Listen out for that little signal in the distance, it will most likely be me. I am the founder of the ZS Contest Group, and a member of the African team in the RSGB Commonwealth. I am a member of the following organizations:

  1. South African Radio League - SARL
  2. Bloemfontein Radio Amateur Club - BRAC
  3. Antigue Wireless Association of Southern Africa - AWASA
  4. International Fox Tango Club
  5. FT8 Digital Mode Club - FT8DMC #968
  6. Europian Phase Shift Keying Club - EPC #23536
  7. Digital Modes Club - DMC #DMC07385
  8. Belgium Digital Modes Club - BDM #BDM4468
  9. Natal Digital Group - NDG #1885
  10. World Slow Scan Television Club #WSC625
  11. Penn-Ohio DX Society - PODXS 070 Club #2397

I upload my log to LOTW, eQSL.cc and QRZ logbook once a month.


                                                                     A look at the ZS9X contest station with the contesters during the 2009 IARU





Thank you



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QRZ Logbook Summary for - ZS4JAN
Latest Contacts for ZS4JAN at QRZ.com
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EA6SX 2017-11-19 17m FT8 JM19 Balearic Islands MIGUEL GARCIA CASTANER
A75GE 2017-11-19 17m FT8 LL55 Qatar Jose M. Gil
K7FB 2017-11-19 17m FT8 EM13 United States MICHAEL D CRIDER
WS4AM 2017-11-19 17m FT8 EL89 United States SAMUEL COSGROVE
KC0BRA 2017-11-19 17m FT8 FN30 United States MICHAEL J KRISCHE
TY2AC 2017-11-19 17m FT8 JJ16 Benin Nicolas SINIEOKOFF
N7VZ 2017-11-19 12m FT8 DN70 United States THEODORE A KRIEGER
WB5KSD 2017-11-19 12m FT8 EM13 United States JONATHAN E BROWN
KD5L 2017-11-19 12m FT8 EM36 United States MARK A BROWN
KD9GSX 2017-11-19 12m FT8 EM57 United States Eric R Harmon
WB4MNK 2017-11-19 12m FT8 EL99 United States ARTHUR E PETTEWAY
K5PBR 2017-11-19 12m FT8 EL09 United States John S Goff, Jr
W6MYN 2017-11-19 12m FT8 DM03 United States JOSEPH M PARISELLA
W6SA 2017-11-19 12m FT8 DM26 United States WALT FLESHER
N4QV 2017-11-19 12m FT8 EL96 United States WILLIAM R SHIRLEY

Book Totals: 29651 qso's   3368 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

DX World Award#4298
Granted: 2016-08-10 05:18:02   (ZS4JAN)

  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#1324
Granted: 2016-07-19 19:45:03   (ZS4JAN)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
World Continents Award#10939
Granted: 2015-10-27 19:35:01   (ZS4JAN)

  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    12 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters CW
  • Mixed CW
Grid Squared Award#9560
Granted: 2015-10-27 19:30:02   (ZS4JAN)

  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    12 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
    Mixed Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Phone
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