ZS9V – Robben Island (South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s former Prison Home) IOTA AF-064 will be activated from 19 to 21 August 2016.
This will be a dual purpose activation for ILLW 2016 and also an activation of AF-064 IOTA.
Four operators (ZS1V Paul van Spronsen, ZS1VDV Jan van der Vyver, ZS1BM Bani van der Merwe & ZS1FX Bruce Robinson) will be on the Team and hope to give this rare IOTA and Lighthouse to the Ham Community but as always, they are Weather dependant.
I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.
I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.
IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.
In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.