****UPDATE – Due to a series of unexpected complications, the 2017 ZS9V Robben Island expedition has been moved to International Lighthouse weekend over 19/20 August. We will be running two SSB stations.*****
The team are ready in South Africa for their second activation of Robben Island, IOTA AF-064.
ZS9V will be qrv from 9 – 13 August 2017 as ZS9V operating on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m SSB, CW & Digital Modes.
”We have a bigger team this year consisting of Jan ZS1VDV, Paul ZS1V, Andre ZS1AN, Johan ZS1A, Pierre ZS6A and Oleg ZS1ANF so the operation will be longer and allows us to use CW for the first time. We hope to see you in our logs!”
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.