Saturday, 3 December 2011

Playing in the big league….

I am extremely honoured and pleased that I was invited to join the ZS9X contest team for the upcoming CQ-WPX SSB and CW contests for 2012. Most likely, to take part as a Multi Two station.

The ZS9X contest station is by far the most prestigious and capable station in Southern Africa. The station is well situated a few kilometers outside of Bloemfontein and has a number of very tall towers and large antennas.

Heck, I am very pleased with this development. This is a great opportunity for me to learn from our top contest operators. 

For those that might want to see more:

I guess I'll  have to spend a lot of time with “Morse Runner” in the next few months. I would hate to blow this opportunity due to poor performance from my side.

Not sure who are on the team yet, but some of the regular operators are: Bernie ZS4TX, Chris ZS6RI, Chris ZS6EZ and John ZS4S and they are all very experienced in contesting.

It will be a big challenge for me changing from contesting in the slow lane to being a team member of a “Big Gun” contest station.

73, Pierre ZS6A


  1. What a great opportunity - the time will surely fly by for you. For non-stop activity, WPX even beats CQWW.

  2. Hi John,

    I was looking at the web sites of the 2 contests to determine how they differ and why they have a different appeal. I find it rather strange they are both sponsored by CQ magazine, yet they look and feel quite different.

    The opportunity to be on the ZS9X team is certainly a great opportunity and I am looking forward to it. Looking at the way the sun is behaving I suspect we are going to have a great HF conditions in the next 2 or 3 years.

    This is a far cry from my normal QRP and wet string approach to Radio Sport.

    73, Pierre ZS6A

  3. Looking forward to having you on board Pierre.


    John ZS4S

  4. Nice station you have down there in ZS land. ZS4TX told me a bit about it when I met him at the Azores Island Hunt.