Sidney Freedman - Sunday, 15 April 2018 11:35

Hi to all I just relocated to Uvongo still setting up my shack here. 

Having a ball here best move I ever made. 

Playing 40m and 80m now, not much on 2m.

73 to all


ZS5SID my new callsign. (I still have my ZS6SID callsign).

Moderator / Webmaster - Monday, 16 April 2018 08:27

Hi Sid! Great to hear from you.

Noted on the new callsign - looking forward to working you! 73

Dean - Wednesday, 21 March 2018 05:27

Hi guys

Thoroughly enjoyed your site was initially looking for info on a Trio 9r-59 that I recently acquired (it still works) when I came across your site,well done keep up the good work and the old valves glowing.  

73 de ZS6DLA

Moderator / Webmaster - Wednesday, 04 April 2018 06:27

Hi Dean!

Thanks for stopping by! We\'re glad that you\'ve enjoyed the site, looking forward to having you back! 73 ZS0AWA

William, ZS4L - Friday, 26 January 2018 07:11

Very well done Jeaques and all other contributors to AWA SA website.

It is great to belong to an active group of enthusiastic Amateurs who are still passionate about Wireless!..

The newsletter this month is also top notch!.. thanks to all.

Putting bits together for my Valve powered homebrew DX radio..

73 de William


Moderator / Webmaster - Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:43

Many thanks William, greatly appreciated.

Members such as yourself make this such an enjoyable and successful association!

Looking forward to news on your homebrew valve DX rig.


Edwin - Wednesday, 10 January 2018 11:38

HI Happy new year to you all. I have been trying to contact Richard ZS6TF but his e mail is returned undelivered. I want to arrange with him to make contact with the Museum during this years Museums on the air.  I am the station manager of GB2IWM and would love to contact your Museum if thats possible this year. Best wishes  Edwin G0LPO

Andy - Saturday, 13 January 2018 14:54

Hello Edwin,

Richards email is and I know it still works as we have regular contact with him. However, Richard is no longer living in South Africa and Jacques ZS6JPS, or Oliver ZS6OG will be your contacts now for the Museum station.

Best 73



Lyle - Thursday, 09 November 2017 15:19

Thank you for the downloads. Lots of good information and packed with worthwhile readings. Will learn a lot from this site. HF bands are almost dead today here in central Canada.73 Lyle VE5EE

Moderator / Webmaster - Friday, 17 November 2017 13:56

Thank you for dropping by Lyle! We\'re glad you\'re enjoying our site, and the kind words are appreciated. Looking forward to working you on the bands one day! 73

Jim - Tuesday, 27 June 2017 03:44

Visited on Sunday with Jacques ZS6JPS and Renato ZS6REN and operated as ZS6IEE for a while as part of Museums of the Air. 

Great display- the HP35 calculator was of particular interest since I had one at Wits in 1974.

Must arrange for my son Hugh ZS6HMB to visit. My daughter\'s 3rd year engineering at UCT and is keen to visit when she\'s next back. She would love to see inside the observatory....

73 Jim ZS6JMB

Moderator / Webmaster - Wednesday, 28 June 2017 09:48

We appreciate that you joined us Jim, it was great meeting you.

Looking forward to future visits! 73 de ZS0AWA

Geoffrey Lotz - Friday, 13 January 2017 20:11

I lost a good chunk of time browsing through your site - its great!

I signed up as a member as well - I have recently acquired a Johnson Viking Ranger that will need attention no doubt, and I am trusting that the AWASA will be the place to get the knowledge from.

Be well all.




Moderator / Webmaster - Sunday, 15 January 2017 05:37

Many thanks for the compliments Geoffrey! We\'ll most certainly be able to assist with questions on the Ranger.

Regards, 73

Steve Bond - Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:07

Thanks for your website.  I\'m writing a book on the Royal Canadian Air Force No. 4 Wireless School in Guelph, Ontario, 1941 - 1945, and your download article on the TR9 radio is a great help.

Moderator / Webmaster - Tuesday, 06 December 2016 05:51

Good day Steve,

That\'s great news, thank you for the compliments. We have a member with a wealth of knowledge on the TR9, please send us an email and we\'ll get you into contact with him.

Tony - Friday, 23 September 2016 05:07

Greetings on behalf of the Wellington vintage radio group in New Zealand. I\'ve subscribed to your newsletter and am looking forward to browsing the newsletter archive when time permits.  Regards and 73


Moderator / Webmaster - Friday, 23 September 2016 05:49

Greetings Tony, and thank you for the message. Great to hear from you, enjoy the newsletters. Hope to have a QSO with you in the near future, we\'ll be running our museum station more regularly.

73 de ZS0AWA

M.K. Dungey - Sunday, 11 September 2016 11:23

Great website. I operated vacuum tube technology A.M. sets for the S.A.D.F. during the previous century.


Keith ZS6HS

Moderator / Webmaster - Monday, 12 September 2016 07:13

Many thanks for your kind message Keith. Please feel free to sign up for our free monthly newsletter!

73, ZS0AWA

Keith - Wednesday, 07 September 2016 11:52

Hi Great website.
I have an EH Scott Allwave 23 which I regretfully wish to donate to your Association.
It is intact and complete except for the speaker so requires a PM speaker modification as per
the EH Scott website as well as of course, a good re-capping.
The set is in the Johannesburg area.
Thank You

Moderator / Webmaster - Monday, 12 September 2016 07:12

Good day Keith,

Thank you for the message. We would greatly appreciate that, it will definitely be welcome at our museum!

Kind Regards, ZS0AWA

Lyle Maystruck - Saturday, 26 March 2016 16:46

Wow This is a great website and thank you for the downloads. I have subscribed to your newsletter. I would like to mention your website in our monthly guywire newsletter for the Regina amateur radio association, the local club here if possible. Love this site and all the information that is available. 73 from Canada Lyle VE5EE

Moderator / Webmaster - Sunday, 27 March 2016 16:45

Many thanks Lyle, your comments are greatly appreciated! Please feel free to mention our website in your newsletter - please send us a copy to forward to our members. Great to hear from you, please do keep in touch! 73 from all of us at AWASA ZS0AWA

Tom Cooper - Wednesday, 09 March 2016 10:20

Have just applied for access to your web site.

Tom Cooper ZS!PS

Moderator / Webmaster - Thursday, 10 March 2016 17:51

Great to have you aboard OM Tom!


Ben G4BXD - Wednesday, 02 March 2016 20:04

A great site and club. Great looking shack pictures. Hopefully, one day, we can visit a few, have never been to SA so something I must do soon. 

best regards, Ben G4BXD

Military Wireless Museum


Moderator / Webmaster - Thursday, 03 March 2016 06:50

Good day Ben,

Many thanks for your message and compliments, much appreciated. You\'ll be most welcome, we look forward to having you over - please give us a shout and we\'ll arrange accommodation. Great site and museum you have!

73 de ZS0AWA

Willy Pittner - Monday, 29 February 2016 14:40

Good Day All,

I came across your website while browsing about a radio I have. I have been in the game of building towers and antennas of all sorts. I presently still build sites for Multichoice and am close to retiring. I hope I can be of assistance and also learn from members of the forum.

Kindests Regards

Willy Pittner

Moderator / Webmaster - Monday, 29 February 2016 15:18

Good day Willy,

Many thanks for your message. Please feel free to sign up for our newsletter under the Newsletters tab, and we\'ll keep you posted on all happenings. We look forward to having you aboard! 73

Michael Creech KD1VY - Sunday, 03 January 2016 02:53

Thank you for interesting history. I found article on radio during the boer war very informative and well written.



Moderator / Webmaster - Monday, 04 January 2016 10:28

Many thanks Michael, we appreciate that you dropped by and were glad that you enjoyed the articles.

73 from AWASA

Rob - Sunday, 15 November 2015 14:20

Great website and interesting comments.

Enjoyed it.




Moderator / Webmaster - Monday, 16 November 2015 04:42

Thank you Rob. Looking forward to welcoming you on the net, thanks for signing up!


Harry Stander - Saturday, 19 September 2015 08:17

Dear Awasa, I listen to your radio programs on saturdays very interesting thank you!  I am retired know but still enjoy the hobby. Yours truly Harry zs6ANS

Moderator / Webmaster - Saturday, 19 September 2015 08:41

Many thanks for the message Harry, much appreciated.

Looking forward to hearing you call in on the net, please feel free to join!


Andy Stead - Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:56

Great site. Reminds me of all the old radios I have had in the past and in particular the period after WW2. Names like AR88, HRO, Marconi, Hallicrafters etc come to mind. Still into older stuff - but not that old. A Yaesu FRG-7 and a Uniden 2020 for instance!

Active on 40m with call sign ZS1NDY

Jacques - Wednesday, 12 August 2015 16:06

Hi Andy,

GREAT to hear from you. I once visited you to purchase some oldies, such as that AR88! Good to hear that you still have a collection, and that you got the callsign - looking forward to a QSO in the near future! Please join us for our Saturday net on 40m, see details on our home page


Gavin Badenhorst - Tuesday, 11 August 2015 12:10

Thanks for a lovely website reminding me of the past. Sometimes listen to you guys on the weekend. I have signed up for your news letter.


Gavin badenhorst ZS6BG

Moderator / Webmaster - Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:28

Hi Gavin,

Thanks for the kind words. We hope you enjoy the newsletter, and we look forward to having you join our Saturday net


Craig Chew - Saturday, 13 June 2015 07:45

Hello, great website and love the ol Boat Anchors. I have a couple of old receivers and a later model FT7B otherwise known as a \"Bandit\"!!   Look forward to more visits or joining up. Kiora from New Zealand...Craig  ZL1ER

Moderator / Webmaster - Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:29

Thanks Craig, looking forward to it!

Gerhard Boshoff - Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:44

Hi Guys

This is a great site! Well planned and well maintained. 



Moderator / Webmaster - Tuesday, 09 June 2015 07:15

Hi Gerhard,

Many thanks for the kind comments! Feel free to join our mailing list for the monthly newsletter under the newsletters tab.

Kind Regards,

Ed Gable W2AN / K2MP - Friday, 01 May 2015 23:31

Greetings from the Antique Wireless Assn. in Bloomfield, NY.  I enjoyed visiting your site and learning more about ZS0AWA.  It sounds like we have a lot in common.  I look forward to hearing and having a QSO with your club station at the museum. Warm regards, 73.

Ed Gable  K2MP/W2AN

Curator Emeritus, Antique Wireless Museum


Moderator / Webmaster - Tuesday, 09 June 2015 07:13

Good day Ed,

We greatly appreciate that you checked in on us, and for the kind comments you left. Definitely a lot in common yes! We look forward to a QSO, keep an eye on our site for info on when the club station at the museum is complete and on air!


Tony G0EYE - Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:52


Very interesting and informative site.

Take Care All,


Jacques - Tuesday, 09 June 2015 07:10

Thanks Tony, glad you\'re enjoying it!

Mike - Tuesday, 27 January 2015 08:49

Nice website and very interesting articles.Listening to you guys every Saturday on the the net on 20M

Happy 2015 and God\'s Blessings and good Health 




Jacques - Tuesday, 09 June 2015 07:10

Thanks Mike! Please join in, looking forward to chatting to you on the net.


Sidney - Friday, 09 January 2015 08:55

Happy New Year to all. Hope to make contact soon, I\'m a keen collector of Military Radios.

I will look at Military Radio Surplus Net. I need to use my FT101.

73 de ZS6SID Sidney

Moderator / Webmaster - Sunday, 11 January 2015 14:17

Hi Sidney,

All the best to you and your loved ones, and happy DX!

You\'ll be right at home, some military collectors among us as well!


Leon Buntinx - Sunday, 28 December 2014 12:33

I come to your website via ZS6JPS. Beautiful website!!

Now we will still try make contact in AM with our military equipment; that would be the cherry on the cake!! We have only a site on yahoo groups under \"MilitaryRadioSurplusNet\"

73 de ON4BL Leon

Richard - Thursday, 08 January 2015 16:31

Leon, Bonjour et Bienvenue. Welcome to the AWA of SA website. AM on military equipment may be possible mid year as I am QRV as F/ZS6TF/P from 24th June to 21st September. I have just joined your Military Radio Surplus Net on Yahoo groups to keep up with your activities.

Historian AWA of SA
from\"Sunny Bryanston\"
Have a happy day
Les Johnson - Friday, 26 December 2014 08:58

Thanks for a great web site and very usefull info... Les G4XMX

Moderator / Webmaster - Sunday, 11 January 2015 14:16

Thanks Les, much appreciated! 73

Patrick Yeadon - Tuesday, 23 December 2014 09:45

Great site.  The shack pictures make me envious.




Moderator / Webmaster - Sunday, 11 January 2015 14:15

Hi Patrick,

Glad you dropped by. Regarding the shack pictures... I know the feeling

Emil - Tuesday, 02 December 2014 21:50

Hi, Baie geluk met die tiende verjaasdag ! Julle webblad is interesant en lees gereeld die nuusbrief. Was heel aangenaam om julle vlooimark te kon bywoon. Groete, Emil ZS6EGB

Moderator / Webmaster - Wednesday, 03 December 2014 06:45

Baie dankie Emil!

Sien uit om weer saam te kuier by toekomstige vlooimarkte. Hou gerus n ogie op die webblad, ons is besig om n museum ook aanmekaar te slaan in Johannesburg, wat gedurende volgende jaar geopen word.

Groete, 73

Sidney Freedman ZS6SID - Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:39

Hi nice to have meet members at the ZS6KTS KARTS flea market and your AGM. Great equipment and demo\'s on show. Thanks hope to meet soon and QSO with members. 73

Moderator / Webmaster - Wednesday, 03 December 2014 06:43

Thanks om Sid, looking forward to QSO in the near future. You are welcome to join any of our nets:

04:00 UTC on 3615 AM,
06:30 UTC on 7140 SSB relayed on 14140 to W/C.,
12:00 UTC on 7020 CW
Wednesday evening AM net 17:30 UTC on 3615

Greg Roberts ZS1BI - Monday, 27 October 2014 15:46

Good evening - I was just surfing around on the Internet and found your website by accident - a most interesting site from several aspects. Firstly the section on old receivers - I had quite a few of them so it recalled some fond memories. What I found more remarkable is that I was the last astronomer to live at 18a Gill Street in what is now SAIEE house!.  I was employed by the then Republic Observatory and around 1970 to 1973 my wife and I and children lived in the double story mansion. At that time I was not a radio amateur -only becoming one about 1974 or so but a lot of amateur radio was done as I used to track artificial earth satellites by means of their radio transmissions so had a variety of antennas in the spacious yard as well as a large 137 Mhz array on the roof of what was then the main Observatory offices  which I used for reception of weather satellite pictures. In addition two of the rooms in 18a Gill Street were full of radio equipment - I even burnt one of the floors with a hot soldering iron !(by accident)! Anyway nice to see the house being put to good use - I miss those days!  Best wishes, Greg Roberts ZS1BI.


Moderator / Webmaster - Tuesday, 28 October 2014 07:42

Hi Greg.
This is most interesting! We would love for you to come around once the museum is up and running. The SAIEE has built new offices on the premises, and allocated the entire house to become a museum dedicated to communication. What a beautiful place, I can just imagine how pleasurable it must have been to reside there! The first room contains telephone equipment, and we are now busy installing the radio room in what used to be the kitchen. Richard ZS6TF is slaving away getting the SAIEE collection sorted, categorized, and ready for display. He is also in the process of installing a beam antenna on the hill between the house and the observatory, and we are planning on running the museum shack on select days. More details on the museum shack here, and some photos of our show-day in the radio room here - some photos of the premises should bring some good memories. We are so glad you came across our site and made contact, and look forward to welcoming you back to your old residence! Please let us know when you visit Joburg, and feel free to sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on the museum, and hope youll continue to check back on the site for forthcoming info.

Hylton Conacher - Sunday, 26 October 2014 11:33

A fantastic website with lots of documentation available. Pity it is not more organised or allows the ability to search. I say this as I was seeking information on dB as I believe I heard it was availble via the Sunday bulletin either SARL or CTARC.

Downloaded plenty of other docs though for my electronic library.

73 de ZR1HPC


Moderator / Webmaster - Sunday, 26 October 2014 16:20

Hi Hylton,

Thanks for the message. The site is searchable, if you look in the top right-hand corner of every page. I just entered the search term decibel and immediately found the article as the top result, here is the link of the search with the article/document as a result, and here is the direct link to the article. Hope to see you back again soon, please dont hesitate to shout if you require any assistance.


Hylton - Monday, 27 October 2014 15:16

My humble apologies. I was actually looking in the wrong place and found the document, as you indicate, in the Articles section not Downloads.



kenneth appolis ZS1KY - Sunday, 19 October 2014 19:56

Informative ,plenty content and spent over an hour on your site. Congratulations

Moderator / Webmaster - Monday, 20 October 2014 06:18

Thanks Kenneth, glad you enjoyed it!

unknown - Saturday, 18 October 2014 07:44

I listened to your AM group chat this morning on a Bush Type EU 23 radio which must be somewhere in the region of 60 years old, Great quality and tone from this old set. (Author unknown, deleted by spammers - if the author could please contact us we would like to add his name to this message.)

David Prawde - Sunday, 31 August 2014 11:18

Pleased to be introduced to and associate with like minded people


Moderator / Webmaster - Monday, 01 September 2014 07:10

Welcome David, great to have you join us! Register on the website to enable more features, and be sure to have a gander at our monthly newsletter, 73!

Rodney Zuidema ZS6RHZ - Sunday, 31 August 2014 06:59

Very nice and informative website. Let us keep the old valves hot.

Moderator / Webmaster - Monday, 01 September 2014 07:06

Thanks om Rod, agreed!

Willie Long ZS1WHL - Saturday, 19 July 2014 06:08

Thanks for the web page, it is pleasing to see all the old equipment is not forgotten.

Greetings from Montagu.

Moderator / Webmaster - Saturday, 19 July 2014 06:56

You are most welcome OM Willie, great to have you on board!

Nick ZS1ZD - Friday, 18 July 2014 19:50

Great site! Full of content and a pleasure to browse through! Congrats & 73!

Moderator / Webmaster - Saturday, 19 July 2014 05:39

The compliments are much appreciated Nick. More content to come - watch this space! 73

Abe ZS1ZS - Thursday, 17 July 2014 19:23

Congratulations with this new web site. I enjoyed paging throuh it.

Moderator / Webmaster - Thursday, 17 July 2014 20:17

Thanks Abe, great to have you with us!

Brian - Saturday, 12 July 2014 16:17

Well done from ZS6AE

Moderator / Webmaster - Saturday, 12 July 2014 17:37

Thanks Brian

Chris Meyer - Saturday, 12 July 2014 14:40

Baie baie geluk.Ons het lankal so \'n web nodig. Bou so voort.!!!!

Moderator / Webmaster - Saturday, 12 July 2014 17:36

Baie dankie Chris, waardeer dit. Geniet hom, en hoop om jou baie op die blad raak te loop!

Herman ex ZR6HBA - Saturday, 12 July 2014 12:48

HI Guys,


This is great. Us oldies feel quite nostalgic about the old equipment, that after all made great and important history.

Moderator / Webmaster - Saturday, 12 July 2014 17:34

Great to have you with us Herman, enjoy the site!

Johan ZS6IAM - Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:22

Congrats. Very pro. Good luck

Moderator / Webmaster - Saturday, 12 July 2014 11:11

Hi Johan,

Much obliged!

Andre du Plessis - Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:01

Looking good! You interested in more pictures of Derdepoort and Olifantsfontein stations?

Moderator / Webmaster - Friday, 11 July 2014 08:30

Thanks Andre!

That would be appreciated yes.

Edwin - ZL1BBO ex ZS5BBO - Tuesday, 08 July 2014 21:02



Congratulations on your new website.


73 and good DX


Edwin - ZL1BBO ex ZS5BBO

Moderator / Webmaster - Wednesday, 09 July 2014 05:52

Thanks Edwin, good to have you with us

Gilles - Tuesday, 08 July 2014 10:14

Congratulations on your Website, Excellent !





Moderator / Webmaster - Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:30

Thanks Gilles, much appreciated!