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Dan Cisson
12 Hancock Drive
Toccoa, Ga USA 30577​
USA, please send SASE.   All other countries, send SAE and 2 USD.   !!! NO IRC's !!!

DX Code of Conduct 

Theo Bresler, ZS6TVB.  Pretoria, South Africa.  Licensed: June 2013.  

I diligently upload all my QSO's to LoTW every day after working the radio.  Whilst working the radio, as my internet connection allows, I update contacts, as I work them, live, to Club Log.  My QSL manager, Dan N4GNR does an excellent job at answering all paper QSLs.  Scroll down for some sample images of my QSL card, with the Big Five on the front, the five largest game species, amongst many others, found in South Africa.  Thank you Uncle Dan, N4GNR!  cheeky

My logs are additionally uploaded to QRZ and eQSL purely to accomodate those not using the logging methods mentioned above.  I do not personally use these additional logging methods for awards, neither to confirm my contacts!!!

Paper QSL cards not sent to my QSL manager or the Bureau but directly to me WILL NOT BE ANSWERED!

Please DO NOT email or query any QSO confirmations via ANY logging method other than LoTW, Club Log or paper QSL cards to my QSL manager. 

I DO NOT do QRZ web contacts.  Real contacts on the radio is my passion.


For QSOs prior to Dan, N4GNR as manager:

As of February 2017 Dan, N4GNR is my QSL manager.

If you sent me a card direct prior to February 2017 and it remains unanswered after a while, please do not hesitate to contact me.  It seems that the Post Office in my country discovered Green Stamps in my postal mails.  I have not received many cards!  This is one of the main reasons I have chosen to rather use Dan, N4GNR as QSL manager.

For more info about me, photos or to search if you are in my log, please scroll down.

Refresh the page to see the latest contacts I have worked, while I work them, live.  

PLEASE NOTE:  During contests I do not update the contacts I work live.  I upload my logs after the contest has come to an end.


  These are my 15 most recent HF QSOs.

  You can also confirm if you, or someone you know, is in my log.

  Enter the callsign you wish to search for in the Log Search field and click on the Go button.

Here are some sample images of my QSL Card, available via my QSL Manager Dan, N4GNR :



My current Antenna System - JK Antennas, Navassa5, 5-Bander 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10m antenna on top of the tower:

Other antennas:  ZS6BKW at 18m above ground and an 80m horizontal loop/German Quad.

The stay wires on my mast are not solid.  I used very large ceramic insulators and cut the stay wires to the correct length in order to double up as an 80m dipole antenna as in the picture below:


Awards I am most proud of:

Of all achievements as a Radio Amateur, I treasure my DXCC and WAS awards the most.  They took a quite a bit of work.  Without YOU, the DX station in my logbook, it would not have been possible.  If you are one of my contacts, thank you so much.  You are part of making it all possible!



The fast pace that goes with contesting, the long hours and absolute dedication in order to improve actively drives something in me.  What it is that cause me to become so driven and satisfied I am not sure of.  I guess it has something to do with my personality type.  The CQ WW contest is definitely a favourite.


Yearly "Camping Pedition" - Oh  WOW!...  This is really fun!

On a yearly basis, whenever possible, myself and a couple of my Radio Amateur friends go camping on a secluded private camp site far away from any noise in the middle of the bush.  Best of all, the camp site is located only 15km (~10 miles) from my home QTH.  We usually do this during our extended South African December Holidays (16 December ~ 2 January).  Whilst camping,  I focus on working DX and enjoy these peditions tremendously.

Scroll down for some camping pedition photos.


A bit about me:

I absolutely love being a Radio Amateur!

Licensed in June 2013, I never imagined such a diverse hobby in radio.  My interest began in 1977 when I bought my first used Halicrafters Shortwave Receiver for a price of approximately $1, a lot of money for an 8 year old boy in those days.  I spent many hours listening and logging amateurs and broadcasting stations in those days and still have the radio.

From my days as a Shortwave Listener I only have a few SWL cards from broadcast stations.  One of them however, stands out.  Radio St. Helena, ZHH50 which only did a broadcast for one day of the year, every year.  I think it used to be in September some time but my memory may serve to be incorrect.  I guess to me, a Radio St. Helena SWL card in those days, may have been somewhat similar to the DXCC of amateur radio I have today.

After becoming an amateur, the task of understanding the propagation and band usage was an unknown and new field.  If it was not for the numerous superb camping trips and discussions with my friend, Mark KW1O / ZS6USA and other radio amateur friends, I would never have been able to cope as well.  The support and knowledge Mark provided over Easter and December holidays provided me with an understanding I would not have been able to discover by myself in such a short time period.

Tjerk ZS6P and Hans ZS6KR have also always been there for me.  Just a repeater call or phone call away if I had any question.  Even just a phone call once in a while to say hello.  Excellent advice, always.

Raymond ZS6ALG and Vince ZS6BTY have also been absolute stars with support as well as my wife supporting me and also becoming a Radio Amateur.


I do what I do because it makes me tick and makes my world go round.  I would never have enjoyed my hobby nearly as much if it was not for those around me.  Amateurs or non-amateurs.

What a superb hobby and thanks for visiting my page!


Myself (Blue shirt) and my friend Mark ZS6USA / KW1O (Yellow Shirt)


Camping Pedition Dec 2016.  My JK Navassa 5 antenna mounted on the trailer:


Camping Pedition Dec 2016.  Me working DX in our shack in the tent.


Camping Pedition 2016.  And so all good things also come to an end.  All packed and ready to return home.


A short photo break in-between working the CQWW SSB Contest (2016):


Some of my awards:   


Camping Pedition 2015.  Building my Navassa 5 antenna.  It was a Xmas present To Dad, From Dad.  What a great Dad!!!


Camping Pedition 2015.  A shack in the open.


Camping Pedidition Dec 2015.  Navassa 5 antenna assembled and mounted on the trailer.



Still a new Radio Amateur at this stage and trying out various antenna configurations at home QTH:

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - ZS6TVB
Latest Contacts for ZS6TVB at QRZ.com
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KW6J/P7 2017-12-14 20M SSB United States
WR6G 2017-12-14 20M SSB EN62cs United States Christopher E Pracht, Mr.
K8YOY 2017-12-14 20M SSB EL98pe United States MICHAEL A HODAS
W4FAE 2017-12-14 20M SSB FM15lb United States Fred A Elsner, Jr
VA3UU 2017-12-14 20M SSB FN04ke Canada Patrick John Coleman
KA3HPM 2017-12-14 20M SSB FN00bo United States JACK J BUZON
W8SPM 2017-12-14 20M SSB EM99fh United States SAMUEL P MAZE
VE3NWD 2017-12-14 20M SSB FN15WC44 Canada Matt A Hooper
VA2MP 2017-12-14 20M SSB FN59VE Canada Marc Pearson
N3LRP 2017-12-14 20M SSB FM19rd United States JOSEPH G FUNK, JR
WB4RC 2017-12-14 20M SSB FM18fd United States Rudolf W Crisp
K2YNY 2017-12-14 20M SSB FN30bw United States Gilbert Lugo, Jr
K8YFM 2017-12-14 20M SSB FM17gp United States DREW W KOONTZ
W5DRR 2017-12-14 20M SSB FM18GQ98 United States David R Reidenbach
VE1AWA 2017-12-14 20M SSB FN96vd Canada Roy Joseph MacIntosh

Book Totals: 14912 qso's   7379 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

DX World Award#5169
Granted: 2017-03-06 21:22:02   (ZS6TVB)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Phone
United States Award#2945
Granted: 2017-03-06 21:18:02   (ZS6TVB)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
United States Counties Award#583
Granted: 2016-07-19 10:05:02   (ZS6TVB)

  • 250 Counties Phone
  • 500 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties Phone
  • 250 Counties Phone
  • 500 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#12577
Granted: 2016-04-12 19:47:03   (ZS6TVB)

  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
    17 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
    Mixed Phone
Grid Squared Award#11248
Granted: 2016-04-12 19:45:02   (ZS6TVB)

  • 12 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 12 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 17 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
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