Welcome to the website of the Antique Wireless Association
of Southern Africa - ZSØAWA

The AWASA is a non-profit organization run by volunteers for all radio amateurs, short wave listeners and anybody who has an interest in older types of short wave radios and other equipment, such as test equipment from earlier days. Although most members are licensed radio amateurs who concentrate on amateur radio transmitters and receivers, there are also some who restore and use vintage broadcast receivers and others who specialize in test equipment. We have members with a wide range of interests encompassing the days of crystal sets up to fairly modern ex-military radio equipment.

Membership of AWASA is free and by association, and you can see our Mission Statement here and our constitution here.

We run the ZS6IEE museum station at Innes House (museum of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers), under the auspices of the Retrospective Observatory Amateur Radio Society (ROARS), please find more details and directions for the museum here.

Please feel free to browse our website and our archived articles and technical documents for download.  More site functions are unlocked once you log on as a registered user, register here. New members wishing to join the site and post to the forum may be contacted by an administrator to validate their credentials before being given a login. As with most online forums we do have a policy of moderation and acceptable behaviour – see details here.

Feel free to sign our Visitor's Guestbook.ForumSwop

Also see A Brief History of AWASA, as well as our QRZ and SARL profiles.

Proud member of the South African Radio League


QSO's and Nets

We are on the air Saturday Mornings and Wednesday Evenings

  • Saturday morning AM net: 04:00 UTC on 3615.
  • Saturday morning Main SSB net: 06:30 UTC on 7140, relayed on 3615 via the Sandton repeater.
    (See below for VHF and Echolink options).
  • Saturday CW net: 12:00 UTC on 7020 or 3550 at approximately 12:15 UTC, depending on what band conditions are like.
  • Wednesday evening AM net: 17:30 UTC on 3615.

For the 'Main SSB net'on Saturdays, you can also use the 145.7000 repeater (-600kHz offset, located at Bryanston water tower, locator KG43aw), or connect to our Echolink Node ZS0AWA-L both of which will be relayed onto HF. These options are compliments of Sandton Amateur Radio Club.

+ Please find an informative Echolink presentation here by Kevin Turner ZS6KAT.

+ QSL via Andy, ZS6ADY.

+ AWASA QRZ page here and our SARL callsign information.page here.