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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 the referee for K1S. 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, G, I2, W1, W7 and W8.

More recently, after 2011, I have operated from 1S, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, A4, A6, DU, ET, FP, FS, HS, KL, P4, PJ2, PJ4, PJ6, PJ7, VO2, VY1, W1, W4, W8 and YB9.

During 2016, James Brooks 9V1YC dragged me along on a suitcase DXpedition to the Spratly islands. Despite terrible propagation, electrical noise and intermittent power failures, two guys with radios and verticals operated for six days and made almost 11 000 QSOs as 9M0Z, mostly on CW. 

I also once did some casual DXing from my home station, with 10BDXCC, 8BWAS, 5BWAZ and Top of the DXCC Honor Roll (Mixed and Phone). On CW, I need only North Korea P5. Some slightly more esoteric awards include 10BAAA #1, WAZS-500 #1, 5 Band WAZS #1 and USA-CA-1000 (CW). These days, my DXing mostly consists of casually chasing new band-countries to improve my DXCC Challenge score (now over 2700) and the occasional RTTY country (over 290 confirmed). I also occasionally fire up on 5 MHz, but our non-standard frequency assignment makes it difficult.

In the mean time, I'm working on my DXFC score (see http://dxfc.org) while holding down a real job, flying ambulance jets part time, testing pilots on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority, training for triathlons, working on my PhD and participating in our local church. From about 2003 to 2015, I started and ran a flying school. My return to amateur radio around 2015 was largely due to my no longer having to run the flying school part-time.

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 of dubious serviceability. 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. All non-duplicate 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 week or so.

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 continues to be in turmoil. The strikes of 2014 and 2015 are now over, but the mail backlog has not been fully eliminated. Mail from many months ago continues to arrive in drips and drabs, and a lot of mail does not arrive at all. I continue to process requests as they arrive. I generally deliver mail to the international gateway to minimise the chances of loss. Fortunately, drastic steps have been taken to fix the Post Office. Maybe things will return to normality eventually.







I only update this log occasionally, so recent QSOs may not be reflected. All QSOs before the end date shown should be there, though.

More Info

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 Honor Roll members, 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 in Pretoria can be found here: http://zs6ez.org.za/fcc-exam.htm

There is a full list of my awards at  http://zs6ez.org.za//lists/zs6ez-awards.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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