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Yaesu Interfaces

July 3, 2013 - 4:21 pm

OM Doug Defty ZS1DUG from the Cape asked me what software and hardware I use to interface my Yaesu FT-857D and this is the reply I sent him: Hello Doug, hows the Cape! Lets tackle the software first: I started using Ham Radio Deluxe as my main package this past weekend. The main reason is…

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Ham Radio Maps of ITU and CQ Regions

July 1, 2013 - 7:16 pm

I found these really useful maps of the world showing ITU and CQ regions on the website of EI8IC [click here]. They will make a nice poster on your wall and helps to identify those hard to remember zones. Do you have other maps or charts you might want to tell us about?

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First PSK31 Contact in 2013

July 1, 2013 - 8:37 am

Wow what an exciting weekend! Greatly inspired by Noel Hammond (ZR6DX) during his talk at the West Rand Amateur Radio Club, I put together a few items that have been gathering dust in my junkbox. Being late in the day I didn’t expect anybody to be around, so I sneaked a quick CQ on what…

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The Chimney

March 10, 2013 - 7:41 pm

You know, sometimes when you write a story, an inanimate object takes on a personality of its own and becomes an important part of the story. And in my story of my ham radios, the chimney is becoming an integral part of the story. It is holding up its side, pun intended. This house was…

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A Nice Suburb But Not For Hams

March 10, 2013 - 6:22 pm

I live in a slightly older suburb in Johannesburg. I bought this property because the streets and houses are surrounded by trees and we are adjacent to a river where families walk their dogs in the afternoon. When you enter my property from the street you are greeted by green lush trees and shrubs. Oh,…

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A Room With A View

March 10, 2013 - 5:33 pm

This is what I see when I look up from my radio in my shack. This picture speaks a thousand words if you know anything about ham radio. Since the details are going to be a little unclear in this photo taken with my cellphone, can I point out something interesting? Yes, behind that big…

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New Website

January 28, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Welcome to the new home of ZS6ALU, Leon Uys. I haven’t been on the air for a while. An acrimonious – read expensive – divorce took its toll. Hobbies took second and third place after my little one (you can read more about her here) for a long time, maybe 20 years. During that time…

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