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Mobile Antennas

March 20, 2013 - 7:15 am

Recently had a nice chat with somebody about my experiences with mobile antennas and here is what I said in my e-mail: What radio are you using? I used to have a Yaesu FT-707 that I pulled out of the mothballs but the VFO wasn’t stable enough any more. Then I bought a second hand…

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MFJ G5RV Junior

March 10, 2013 - 8:00 pm

As you might have gathered by now, I restarted my ham hobby after being absent for many years. The absence also meant that my antennas were either bent out of shape, or missing some critical parts. Panic stricken I rushed off to my local purveyor, Sam Ford ZS6___ of Radio Accesories in Woodmead waving my…

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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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The Antenna Farm Is Growing

March 10, 2013 - 7:20 pm

Although the picture is very skew and not a good rendition of the antenna, I built myself a “test” version of the Balanced Termination Folded Dipole (BTFD) as shown on his website by Buck Rogers Sr K4ABT of BUXCOMM. Now before we carry on I need to acknowledge my friend and colleague Bruce Rodrigues who…

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Huisbesoek: ZS6UT Ed Willers

March 10, 2013 - 6:40 pm

I had the privilege of visiting Ed Willers ZS6UT at him temporary QTH in Faerie Glen recently. It is always a privilege to meet one of your fellow hams in person, and Ed was no exception. The background is as follows: You will read about the noise (QRN QRM) at my QTH, and my attempts…

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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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On The Roof

January 29, 2013 - 6:25 am

I picked up a nice sun tan on Saturday and it was unintentional. I just unpacked my radios after many years, I renewed my SARL membership, and I was ready to go! But … no antennas. So out of the house, survey the environment and check with the XYL about the limits of aesthetic encroachment…

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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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