ZS2EZ SSB OPERATIONS

 

Although nowadays primarily a digital operator, I still make the occasional foray onto SSB, and still have a higher DXCC tally on this mode than on either Digital or CW . Whilst primarily using SSB to hunt for new DXCC entities, every now and then I get the urge to give a few voice calls on the HF bands!

Whilst I can not claim to be much of a ragchewer (far preferring quickfire DXing), I do on occasion enjoy the opportunity to chat to DX stations. I have had several lengthy and pleasurable conversations with American stations on the 20m band.

I do very little local SSB operation, as the vast majority of local SSB activity takes place in Afrikaans. Whilst able to understand the language quite well, I stumble badly when attempting to speak it. As a result, my 40m phone operation is generally restricted to the occasional DX contact and a few contest cameos. The only local contest that I have taken seriously in recent years was the 2008 Boland 40m Phone contest, which I won!! I do not operate 80m SSB at all.

For my SSB operation I make use of a Heil Proset Plus headset attached to my Kenwood TS-590S.

For the morbid curiosity of those interested in such things, my band breakdown of DXCC entities worked/confirmed on SSB is displayed below:

BAND
WKD
CFM
80
12
11
40
48
43
30
-
-
20
239
218
17
155
130
15
210
192
12
147
129
10
179
164

LAST UPDATED 24 JANUARY 2017

 

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