Episode 186 - Bernie van der Walt - ZS4TX
Bernie van der Walt, ZS4TX, from Bloemfontein, South Africa is an active ham radio operator. Bernie loves to contest on HF, and operates two remote control EME or Moon bounce stations on two and six meters away from the noise pollution of his residential neighborhood. We discuss these subjects and more on this episode of QSO Today.
South African Radio League Hall of Fame
Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Sporadic E Propagation
First License: 1984, ZS4TX
First Rig: Kenwood TR-9130 Transceiver
12 Meter Tower, Optibeam Antenna
Remote stations: ZS4TX/6, EME 6m and 2m etc
6M EME, 2M EME
Favorite mode: HF CW
Started off on 2M with a Kenwood TR9130 and an external 100W amplifier
Built 2 x 14 element yagis stacked
First HF amateur Rig: Yaesu FT101B – bought the external VFO later – added Heathkit SB220 Amplifier
First big antenna: KLM 4 element on 40m
160m DXCC WAS WAZ
10 band DXCC
9 Band WAS
Hardware developed for DX and Contesting:
Super Combo Keyer - a Dual mode Voice/CW keyer with SO2R switching
Biggest challenge to ham radio is
Most excited by: Amateur radio was a gateway to me for my profession and even for someone who has had a licence for 30 years there are still so many new facets to explore. There are new things to learn and explore every day with (mostly) free knowledge available in abundance shortening the learning curve.
Advice: Do things yourself otherwise it will not happen. Start small if you have limited resources. Tip: - Having the newest radio is overrated – spend your time and money on amplifiers and antennas J
DF3CB Remote Audio Software
PST Rotator to track the moon.
Central University of Technology, Mtech
Shunting lighting protection
Lightning protection: Spark gap arresters
CQ Worldwide CW - contest.
HK1 pounding CW key
DXpedition, Penguin Island, ZS0Z
Amateur radio is: Gateway to profession and new facets to explore every day
Starting new projects and optimizing new projects
Advice to new or returning hams: Pick a band, optimize your antenna, and start doing it.
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Kenwood TR-9130 2 Meter All Mode Transceiver
Icom IC-7800 HF Transceiver
Icom IC-756ProIII Transceiver
ZS4TX Remove 2 Meter EME Station