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I can be QSL'ed Direct or via Buro, LOTW or eQSL so take your pick.

If you choose to QSL direct I would appreciate if you could include $2 to cover postage. Please do not send stamps as I am unable to use them, also IRC's are a problem to redeem (and are useless without a post office stamp on the left) so please do not send.

About me
My wifes name is Karen and we have 3 daughters, Samantha, Nadine and Nicole.
Apart from a 5 year break in 2005 to persue a career in fashion photography and SQL developer (strange combination I know :-), I have worked in the voice & digital telecommunications industry since 1982.
My other interest include motorcycles, photography & amateur archeology and geology when time permits.
Amateur Radio
I was licensed 1994 and had the call ZR5FA. At the time I was very active on 2m and 6m SSB, focussing on DX as well as a number of digital modes including WSJT meteor scatter. Was also active on a number of satellites includung MIR.
In 2002 I did my 12 w.p.m. CW exam and my call changed to ZS5SAM.
Lately I am active on 6m, 10m, 15m 20m & 40m. I enjoy DX in all it's forms but especially enjoy the longer QSO's more than the quick exchange off calls and RST. There are so many interesting people out there and getting to know them is a big part of the hobby for me.
My HF station consists of a Kenwood TS2000 running 100W into a TH3 3 element tri-bander.
I also have an Icom IC-751A which I use for 40m and as a backup. The IC-751A is a fantastic tranceiver.
I have recently returned to working digital modes on 10, 15 & 20m. I mainly stick with JT65 and PSK-31 but will also be found on SSTV and RTTY

Below is latest picture of my shack. The TS-2000X is my main tranceiver for HF and the IC-751A is used for 40m and as a backup.

My current antenna setup. TH3 3 ele Tribander for HF and 4 ele monobander for 6m - there is also a 2m "slim jim" at the very top. 6m beam height above ground is14m

View of the mouth area of the Port of Durban looking out over the suburb of Glenwood.

Looking down towards the central part of the City of Durban, with the main road in center frame and Indian Ocean in the background

Late afternoon picture taken from the back of our garden. We are fortunate to live about 500 meters from a small nature reserve.

My original group family photograph (top right) is already 8 years old and I need to get a new one. In the mean time here is a recent photograph of my children taken on my eldest daughters birthday. They have grown up a lot in 8 years :-)

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United States Counties Award#6851
Granted: 2017-07-08 16:08:05   (ZS5SAM)

  • 100 Counties Phone
Grid Squared Award#16443
Granted: 2017-07-08 16:08:02   (ZS5SAM)

  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
World Continents Award#17838
Granted: 2017-07-08 16:06:02   (ZS5SAM)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
DX World Award#5659
Granted: 2017-07-08 12:18:02   (ZS5SAM)

  • Mixed Phone
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