ZS2EZ HF OPERATIONS
HF Operation from this station takes place on SSB, CW (via PC decode only at present!) and Digital Modes!
with Ameritron AL-811 Amplifier
into a Hy-Gain TH-7DX Tribander (10-15-20) @ 50 ft, Cushcraft A3WS Yagi (12-17) w/30m addon kit @ 60ft, 80m Dipole @ 47ft, 40m Dipole @ 47ft, 60m dipole @ 44ft
accessories : MicroHam MicroKeyer II, Elecraft W2 Pwr/SWR meter, Heil ProSet Plus Headset, LDG DTS-6 Antenna Switch, Ameritron ARB-704
Maximum Power 600W
ZS2EZ is operational on SSB in most major contests as well as at random times outside the contests. Operation is on 40, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters.
This is the primary mode of operation on HF from this station. ZS2EZ is active in the major RTTY contests, time and work committments permitting! RTTY frequencies are also regularly monitored outside of contest times, and skeds can readily be arranged for anyone looking for ZS on RTTY!
Despite only being released in July 2017, this mode has taken HF by storm. ZS2EZ was active from very early on in this mode, and within 3 months of operating had logged in excess of 1 000 QSOs in over 100 entities. This is now the primary day-to-day mode at ZS2EZ, using either JTDX or WSJT-X in conjunction with JT-Alert. I am a member of the FT8 Digital Modes Club (FT8-DMC) - member#730
I have a page on this website dedicated to FT8 operation.
Despite having operated JT65 on VHF, it took some time for me to get started with this mode on HF. Operation began during 2010, using the excellent JT65-HF software by Joe Large, W6CQZ. Sadly due to health issues W6CQZ ended development of JT-65-HF, and I began using WSJT-X by K1JT, then migrated to JTDX by UA3DJY and his team, JT65 has netted several very satisfying contacts, and when the HF bands become poor JT65 offers an excellent weak-signal option. For JT65 I still use JTDX (which gives me T10 and JT9 in addition to JT65) and VK3AMA's brilliant JT-Alert addon.
This is also a popular alternative mode of operation. Many of my earlier contacts were made in this mode, and it is still a popular mode of operation for me during relaxing times. I have also found a surprising number of rare stations on PSK31, and regularly check out 10.140, 14.070, 18.100 and 21.070 for anything interesting! For the PSK modes I make use of either FLDigi or MixW.
OTHER DIGITAL MODE OPERATION
ZS2EZ can occasionally be heard on other digital modes like PSK63, Olivia, MFSK and assorted other modes. I enjoy occasionally playing around with something different, and make a point of getting my hands on any new digital modes. I make use of FLDigi and MultiPSK due to their wide range of unusual modes (and interoperation with the DXLab Suite via gateways). I am a member of the European Phase-Shift Club (EPC) - member #558 -, Digital Modes Club (DMC) - member#1690 -, 30m Digital Group(30MDG) - member#4081 - and the Olivia Modes Club - member #010.
The original digital mode, I now have several hundred QSO's logged in CW, using my computer to receive and send the CW. In more than 20 years of hamming I had always avoided CW, but with the removal of the CW requirement in South Africa I have ironically found myself making use of this mode quite regularly. Please note that I do not CQ in this mode, as I do not decode CW by ear!
Reception is done in CWGet and MRP40, and keying is done using WinWarbler sofware via the Winkey chip in my MicroHam MicroKeyer II.
WARC BAND OPERATION
Since acquiring a Cushcraft A3WS WARC-band beam (with 30m addon kit) at the beginning of 2008, I have been very active on the WARC bands (30m, 17m and 12m), and by the end of December 2013 had worked in excess of 200 countries on all three bands. I regularly spend time on these bands hunting new ones, and have seen my DXCC totals (particularly on 17m and 12m) soar in recent times.
HOPE TO HEAR YOU ON HF SOON!!!!