Episode 152 - Chris Burger -
Chris, ZS6EZ's website
First License: Age 16, 1980 ZS6BCR
Hometown: Pretoria, South Africa is in the Gauteng province
Henry Schoeman, ZS6AHS (SK)
Jimmy Momberg, ZS6APS Morse Code
Hal Lund, ZS6WB contest elmer
Roland Mensch,DK3GI, operated as ZS1CT, in Cape Town, the first to make over 4000 contacts when nobody in SA had ever exceeded 2500.
Greg Smith, ZS6BPL could work contests on frequencies greater than 14 Mhz
Tom Gregory, N4NW , was ZS6USA in SA
Doug Grant, K1DG
Don Field, G3XTT - now editor of Practical Wireless Magazine
N6AA Dick Norton
First Rig: Yaesu FTDX100 with tube finals
Icom IC-706 100 watts
Solar Cycle 21
Perspective on Electronic QSLing, by Chris Burger, ZS6EZ
Public Key Cryptology for QSL confirmation
Logbook of the World (LOTW) was an alpha tester
Those Blank QSL Cards, by Chris Burger, ZS6EZ
“Hammies” - Hammies Amateur Radio Club sponsored by the South African Radio League with focus on kids entering ham radio.
YASME Foundation - use of amateur radio to foster literacy
Chris's South African amateur radio study guide
advocacy paper that Chris delivered to African regulators with Yasme
South African Radio League - SA’s national radio club
Hectare = 2.47105 Acres
Favorite operating modes: CW and RTTY
CQ Worldwide Contest
ARRL DX Contest
Most memorable contact: 80 Meter contact, JW0EQ, Zone 40
A45XR - worked as JW0EQ in the 1980s.
Most meaningful awards:
Sloper Antenna on 160 meters
Band Country Survey for Southern Africa - ranking of South African operators working DX
WRTC (World Radiosport Team Championship) - a chance to meet the amateur radio’s great contesters. Next WRTZ in 2018 in Germany.
Most challenging DXpedition: ZS9Z/ZS1 - Penguin Islands - 1990
Spratly Islands - 1990, South China Sea
DJ6SI DXpedition - shot to pieces in 1983
How to Make a Morse Contact, by Chris Burger, 1994
Excited most by:
New technologies, digital electronics, but as a “hearing person” he likes old school signals
Advice to new or returning hams:
Embrace the variations and scope of ham radio - history, ionospheric physics, friendship, technology, software, etc.
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Yaesu FTDX100 Transceiver
Icom IC-706 Transceiver
Spratly Islands QSL Card
Penguin Island DXpedition QSL Card