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Good day to all. First i want to thank the team for acept me as a member. As years go buy I started with a Kenwood TS 520s and a V antenna. 1999. I upgrade to a Icom Pro II. but then I upgrade again, back to vintage. The website and page are the best i ever workrd on. All the usefull info and articles, it is better than google hehehehe.

Best 73s ZS4Z  . 7P8SV

Wednesday, 13 December 2023 05:33
Larry McElhiney

Lived in The Netherlands for 3 years (1966-1969) while with the US Air Force in NATO.  Worked doing repair on Microwave Relay sites in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.  Later, became interested in Afrikaans and made a couple of trips to South Africa.

For my 70th birthday I studied in spare time for a couple of weeks and passed all 3 elements to obtain Extra Class license AC9OX. (Still remembered most everything from USAF Tech school.)

Have all ICOM gear: IC 7700, IC 7300 and IC 705.

I live near Indianapolis, Indiana.

Very much enjoyed your site and the work that you do.  Am a big fan of the US AWA, as well.  Thank you for generosity with downloads.

Wednesday, 17 May 2023 02:51
Grant Donaldson

Hello.  Thank you for the information on your website regarding  the Barlow Wadley XCR-30 II.  Having just acquired a working example, I am very impressed with how sensitive it is.

My links with Southern Africa go back to the early 1980’s when I was based in Windhoek and flew light twins for the national airline.  A flight to Capetown was a panacea for my parched soul.  My only link to the outside world was a Yaesu Musen FRG-7, and I have remained an avid SW listener since.


Grant D in NZ.

Sunday, 26 February 2023 00:05
Jannie ZS1JFK

Great work. I always enjoy the newsletters. Don't own any antique radios myself, but love them!

Saturday, 04 February 2023 21:20

What a well presented website full of information. Very educational website. A big thumbsup for those who work behind the scene to upkeep and maintain this website.


Saturday, 04 February 2023 07:42
Francois Lincoln

Hello, have a Barlow Wadleyxcr30 which turns on but does not pick up anything.

Anyone around Cape Town or in RSA can fix it please?





Saturday, 04 February 2023 02:45
Arthur Corlet

Lovely sight . thanks to every on responsible for its creation 73s

Monday, 30 January 2023 07:54
Ray kudlak

Happy to find this site as I am now using an FT-101E and want to tune it simply and accurately.  Novice in 1955, off the air as a Tech grade for many years, General license now with my same call letters, W8ISK, Columbus, Ohio,  U.S.A.  I will slowly read all the posted Newsletters! Lot’s to remember and learn, re-learn.  Tnx for reading. 73, Ray

Saturday, 28 January 2023 00:52

Fantastic website and a great source of information on so many of the old radios. Thank you for all of the effort.

Monday, 05 December 2022 08:57

Good morning, I was here, Stephen ZS6SKY, morning to Rad, Renalto, Jacques and the gang 

Saturday, 03 December 2022 06:45
Bruce Kendall VK3WL / 9V1WL

Great www site. I look forward to having my membership approved.  Well done guys. 

Sunday, 13 November 2022 04:20
Steve Cheal

Interesting website, and good to see a very active group related to valve amateur radio equipment. I have a Drake TR-3 and potentially a second one if I can get it working.

Saturday, 12 November 2022 17:47
Bill Smalman

You people are doing a fantastic job.  Our history and the equipment of days gone by can never be regained once they should be lost


Wishing you all well.


Bill ZS6SQ

Tuesday, 01 November 2022 20:55
Piet Le Roux

I am glad that there is an organisation in South Africa for the preservation of antique wireless. I became a radio ham at the age of 16 in 1977 and my most active year was my year of CW 1978-79, after that my activity went down hill but I was active in the radio field and spent nearly 20 years on the repair bench. This year I turned 61 and realised that soon I will have enough time for the hobbie. I had to reapply for my ham licence and my new fresh call sign is ZS4ZS. A lot have changed since I was last active and "digital" is the new buzz word...not my thing, my dad was a radio repairman in the late 1940's to 60's and I got my valve knowledge and love for the warm glowing things from him, my late father in law was ZS4KK and I inherited a hallicrafters s40b and Johnson Viking Ramger from him. The late ZS4VDM gave me a Trio 9R-59DS valve receiver that had some acid damage, it took me a few years to find the right bandpass filters for it ! I spent nearly 10 years in the Air force radio section and got a surplus Collins KWM2A before I left. So I feel right at home here! 

Monday, 17 October 2022 09:34
Nisar Ahmad

what a lovely website from Southern Africa. Having lived and worked in Zimbabwe as an expatriate engineer during mid 80’s, I have a special interest in that part of the world. Back in those days, there were tons of SW transmissions that could be heard on my Sanyo analogue radio that I had bought from Gaborone, Botswana. Still have vivid memories of good old days of that era. Keep up the good work and greetings to all from New York.

Nisar Ahmad.

Monday, 12 September 2022 10:52
Jacques ZS6JPS

Thank you for the wonderful message Nisar! Much appreciated.


Friday, 23 September 2022 15:42
Brian Roberts

What a wonderfully uncomplicated organization you've put together for the preservation of antique wireless.  I'm looking forward to reviewing your past newsletters as well as those to come in the future.  Although it's a rare occasion for me to work ZS Land, I continue trying.  Meanwhile, cheers to all of you from the hinterlands of western Pennsylvania in the U.S.A.

Brian  K9VKY

Wednesday, 04 May 2022 13:47
Jacques ZS6JPS

Great hearing from you Brian, thank you for your message and compliments, greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to working you on the bands!


Wednesday, 04 May 2022 14:21

Enjoyed visiting your site very much.  73,

Ed Gable k2mp/w2an

Curator Emeritus, AWA Museum, founded 1952


Monday, 02 May 2022 15:46
Jacques ZS6JPS

Quite an honor Mr Gable!

Thanks for dropping by, great hearing form you.

73 and happy DX

Wednesday, 04 May 2022 14:22

Greetings to all the wonderful people associated with ZS0AWA

Newbie ham here, Brenda ZS6YLB very grateful for your website and net discussions. Fresh to the hobby and learning as I go along. Have not been active on HF much yet, still just listening in and enjoying the amazing world of radio's 

From a boot sale last year, a stack of books were offered for free and I took the oldest copy of an issue - it was The radio amateurs handbook 40th edition 1963 (still with amateur equipment catalogue at the back) I enjoy (carefully) paging through it, reading topics I have forgotten since doing  the RAE hihi. Apart from knowing that electric guitar valve amplifiers are the best (they don't make them like they used to, it's said) I understand that it is a mission it not impossible to repair. Not that I have such amplifiers and mostly play (guitar) unplugged for myself just for fun hihi. The hobby is so vast and it is awesome just listening to other enthusiasts and discovering new RF world's as I go along 

Thank you for a brilliant website and preserving something so precious

From the words of ZS6ADY (Newsletter Sept 2021) "Long may the valves in your radio's glow brightly" 

73 de ZS6YLB

Saturday, 15 January 2022 11:19
Jacques ZS6JPS

Thank you for your message Brenda, glad that you enjoyed the website.

Looking forward to a QSO with you soon. Here's wishing you all the best with the new hobby, and happy DX!


Monday, 17 January 2022 06:03
Charles Thatcher

I'm listening today on 2 metres, no any luck on 40m & up today.

I'm a listener only, but never miss the Saturday 06:30 net which is superb.

I'm 72, justretired and considering takking the ham exams and getting onthe air.

Thanks for the hard work and brilliant content!

Charles ZSL1006

Saturday, 08 January 2022 06:55
Jacques ZS6JPS

Thanks Charles!

Glad to have you with us. Don't hesitate to give us a shout should you have any questions on the exam, always there to assist.

Monday, 17 January 2022 06:04

I am a new S. Africa resident, but an ancient radio tech.  I started as a teen age volunteer at the 1st USA community radio station, KPFA.  I was thinking of starting a "free speech" high frequency (shortwave) broadcast station. 

Most of the equipment is have owned in my life was antique.   I couldn't afford new.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 15:47
Jacques ZS6JPS

Good day Jeremy,

Thank you for dropping by. I've come across your writings on the internet some time ago, great meeting you, albeit informal and not in person. Hope you enjoy the site!


Thursday, 21 October 2021 06:58

Greetings to you all from the UK,

As always, ZS amateurs keep the flag flying and it's great to see how active AWASA is. I've attached a link to an article written by Vincent ZS6BTY and myself a while back. It tells the story of some wartime skulduggery in South Africa but in amongst all of that is a remarkable piece of "homebrew" radio history. Though no radio amateurs were involved (as far as we know!), the development of a high-power CW transmitter with its PA valves from an unusual source illustrated some great ingenuity, at least. The TX is now at the Voortrekker Monument (Heritage Museum, I think it's now called) in Pretoria.

Here's the link   https://www.mpoweruk.com/papers/Felix's%20Transmitter.pdf

73  Brian G0GSF/ex ZS6BKW

Sunday, 15 August 2021 08:15

To the RF inclined gentlemen and ladies of the AWASA,


I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you all this morning.  Thank you also for all the wisdom and nuggets of information gleaned over years of study and experimentation that were so readily shared.  

As ZS6REN mentioned, ShawnC and I are in the process of doing our prep for RAE-Class A and making the transition from listeners to Hams.

You can rely on me listening in again next week.



Saturday, 07 August 2021 08:34
Moderator / Webmaster

Great hearing from you Jacques, and welcome!

Please sign up to our newsletter to become a member - membership is free and by association. Looking forward to having you on board!

Sunday, 08 August 2021 07:16

Hello and very nice to meet you all!

I stumbled across your terrific website while looking for TR9D info (which you had plenty!!!!) - many thanks!

I am a member of the AWA here in the USA

Pse let me know if anyone needs anything from this side of the pond...




Tuesday, 18 May 2021 02:54
Moderator / Webmaster

Welcome Brian!

Glad that you found our TR9D info. Great to have you with us!

Sunday, 08 August 2021 07:15
Nico Hattingh

Good morning and thanks for the brilliant website.

Im interested in the older radios of the border war, can anyone assist with some knowledge or advice.

With Thanks



Friday, 07 May 2021 10:24
Moderator / Webmaster

Thanks for dropping by Nico,

I'm sure some of our members could assist. Please email our editor and public relations officer, Andy ZS6ADY, to place an advert in our next newsletter. Also, you're most welcome to join our Saturday net and ask.

Looking forward to having you on board.

Sunday, 08 August 2021 07:14
Etienne Grobler

Very interesting articles and nice pic's. I have some tube radios that require some work to operational again. Ie Heathkit SB 401 and Sb 301 matching pair, also a Yaesu ft dx 100 and  heathkit sb 200. I have some knowledge for basic repair but this is slightly above my level. Is there any one out there that will be able to assist to see if we can get them operational again?as I know some parts are scarce and sometime's info to. Thanks E Grobler de ZS4EG

Monday, 19 April 2021 18:51
Moderator / Webmaster

Good day Etienne,

Thank you for dropping by.

I'd suggest asking our PRO, Andy ZS6ADY, to place your request in the next newsletter. Alternatively, you'd be most welcome to ask on our Saturday net, I'm sure you'll be assisted. Please consider signing up to our newsletter, which also has tons of technical articles and info.


Sunday, 08 August 2021 07:12

ZS1RJQ Wonderful site well presented, well preserved and restored radios.

Monday, 19 April 2021 13:50
Jacques ZS6JPS

Many thanks for the message Michael, appreciated.

Glad to have you with us! 73

Saturday, 01 May 2021 12:55

Hi OM`s there southside of globe!

Thanks for nice pages, it was pleasure to read articles and look for pics!!!


Best 73´s de Tim OH3DF from Nokia KP11QL

Saturday, 30 January 2021 11:29
Jacques ZS6JPS

Thank you Om Tim for the kind words, glad you dropped by!


Wednesday, 03 February 2021 10:43

Good morning


I bought a house out of an estate and when I started to tidy the workshop I found a box of old vaves still in there boxes. Would there be any interest in them. I would hate to throw them away if someone would be able to use them


Thanks Mike

Wednesday, 06 January 2021 07:03

Hello Mike,

There is always an interest in old valves and there are still many of them that can be used.

Please contact Oliver ZS6OG at 0721175078 and he will point you in the right direction



Wednesday, 06 January 2021 12:22
Manfred Gleinig

Just checking out your site. I have an old National NC-57 that I have had for years. I finally have the time to restore and looking forward to it.

Manfred Gleinig

Portland, Texas


Friday, 25 December 2020 16:22
Jacques ZS6JPS

Welcome Manfred! Had one myself, those are great receivers - have fun!

Monday, 04 January 2021 05:43
Gordon Mcleman

Nice web site.. MM3AWA Gordy.

Saturday, 31 October 2020 06:52

Many thanks Gordy!

73 from ZS

Saturday, 31 October 2020 07:28

The AR-88 that I found some month ago is, in fact, a CR91A . Now it's operational. Almost tubes have been changed. SOme Capa too. Wiring of 5Y3GBn VR-15 and 6K6 have been changed by Georges F6CER.  Music is now ON.. Fantastic 1942 receiver... First station playing Glen Miller serenade... Fantastic.

Saturday, 10 October 2020 14:56

Thank you for the update Gerard, that is great news! Enjoy, 73

Saturday, 31 October 2020 07:29

Just find an old RCA AR-88 . Must be repaired since more than 30 years in underground of the house of an old ham who passed away  .

Thursday, 30 July 2020 12:03
Jacques ZS6JPS

This is great news, all the best with the restoration Gerard! 73

Wednesday, 05 August 2020 06:17

Enjoyed listening to the weekly ragchew on the STN repeater today, Saturday 25th July 2020. A fascinating topic, brought back many memories.

73 de Bruce ZS6BK

Saturday, 25 July 2020 08:30

Great information. really enjoyed reading the Newsletters. Keep up the good work

73 Brian Gi4keq

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 19:09
Jacques ZS6JPS

Many thanks Brian, glad you're enjoying the website!

73, ZS0AWA

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 09:49

I am interested this site, I have Collins KWM-2A but never transmitted, so I need get information from this forum

Best regards

Ady susanto


Tuesday, 23 June 2020 09:03
Jacques ZS6JPS

Welcome Ady.

You are most welcome to use the website and forum, looking forward to having you on air with the KWM-2A. We also have a few members who are part of the Collin's equipment register who may be able to give some guidance also.


Tuesday, 23 June 2020 10:43
Raymond Evans

Thank You for a most interesting site, love the Wadley info.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 14:46
Jacques ZS6JPS

Many thanks Raymond, appreciated.

Friday, 24 April 2020 18:54
Chris Rutkowski - NW6V


I've been researching Morse and Vail for some time now, and doing a presentation entitled "The CW Way of Life" at the SeaPAC Pacific Northwest Ham Convention Saturday, 1 June 2019.

Wanted to complement the author of the article about "who invented Morse Code."  Having read many, many books and recountings of the story, I find his/her analysis among the best I've seen, and it's on the reference list at the end of my PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint will be downloadable from the SeaPac site after the event; the author might find it of interest because I found some items in the historical record others seem to have missed, or perhaps misunderstood; sheds a bit more light on what Vail invented, when, and why. There's a section on it in the PowerPoint.

Anyway, GREAT article, and great site. Congrats to all.

73 Chris NW6V

Thursday, 30 May 2019 13:40
Moderator / Webmaster

Good day Chris,

Thank you for your kind message. We greatly appreciate your words, as this is exactly what we aim for - to share knowledge and information about our wonderful passion, and create awareness of the history. Good luck with your presentation, and looking forward to having you back on our page in future!

73, ZS0AWA

Friday, 31 May 2019 08:56
Hannes Coetzee

Nice website. I'm planning to pay your museum a visit in the not too distant future.



Tuesday, 19 March 2019 05:36
Moderator / Webmaster

Thank you for visiting our website Hannes. We're looking forward to seeing you at the museum soon! 73

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:38
Howard Barnes

I just acquired a Heathkit DX-100 that I plan on inspecting carefully before adding power slowly. Saw your site had some articles about this transmitter and am eager to read them for useful information.  After browsing your site I may wish to establish an account.  Live in the middle of Washington State in the USA and enjoy tube (valve) equipment.

Howard Barnes


Tuesday, 12 March 2019 18:09
Moderator / Webmaster

Good day Howard,

The DX-100 is a stunner. I will send you an email with some details of a member who restored one a while back. Great to have you on board.

Friday, 15 March 2019 07:15

Hi all, I have recently inherited a Barlow-Wadley XCR30 Mk II radio with FM.  My FIL used it to listen to the SABC French service where he worked.  The FM works very well but I cannot get any signal on HF AM.  The aerial was broken off long ago but he used a piece of wire that I can remember.

I was trained as an RAF engine fitter (nothing to do with radio) but worked on a AW Argosy E1 which took me around the Far East, Singapore, HK etc.  I remember it had a big RACAL RA17 radio downstairs and we used it to get time signals - Hawaii if I remember.  The radio was used to check the frequencies used by ATC which were often slightly out.  I read that this radio also used the Wadley circuit.  This was in 1968/9. 

Later here in SA I got a JRC 505 radio which was terrific when used with a home-made antenna tuner.  Unfortunately it was stolen in a burglary many moons ago.  For years the only SW radio I had was a little Sangean analog receiver used for the BBC news originally during the Falklands war as there was nothing on the SABC and no internet news then! 

Thursday, 31 January 2019 08:41
Moderator / Webmaster

Thank you for your message.

We hope you get your Wadley's AM issue resolved soon. Looking forward to meeting you, we're sure you'll enjoy our group!


Friday, 15 March 2019 07:14

Hi,  everybody I am

getting interested in 'old' radio

now that I am on retirement in Charente, next door

to Dordogne home of expert Richard F4WCD

73's Dick F6GUU/G3TMQ

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 18:26
Jacques ZS6JPS

Thank you for the message Dick. With Richard nearby, you'll be collecting old boatanchors and working the AM waves in no time! Please do convey our regards.

Looking forward to having you on board - please feel free to sign up for our monthly newsletter. 73

Thursday, 10 January 2019 06:10

I found your website while looking for a copy of the Transistors-for-the-home-constructor book, which I owned as a kid in NZ c. 1961, and which got lost somewhere along the way. Only I think it was Volume 2. Perhaps you could help me clarify which? My copy included a project to build a Geiger Counter based on a one-transistor blocking-oscillator DC-DC converter (with home-wound Ferroxcube pot-core transformer) and Philips GM tube. It worked well for years until the GM tube quit. I am actually trying to find the schematic and other details of that article. I received help from G Zimmer on http://theradioboard.com who, after a couple of false leads pointed me to your website.  Thank you for the work you've put into your website. Very useful. I live a long way from NZ now, in the Pacific NW. I used to have a New Zealand ham call sign, but now have AJ4RF (which originated in Florida, hence the '4'). 73, Al Roxburgh, AJ4RF

Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:30

Hello Alastair,

I noticed that no one had replied to your query yet so decided I should do the honours. You can find the book you are looking for at this link:


I hope you are able to download it and get the answers you are looking for.

Best 73



Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:56

A yes.   All I have ever had was antique gear, as the new stuff was too expensive.  After a lifetime having little time for amateur radio. and always having more professional radio stuff to do than time would allow, I now find myself in South Africa doing almost nothing, and little radio gear nearby.   Yes, I will have to light up that water tower.  No, I have no web site, though my current licensed commercial broadcast station (leased to a friend) can be found by searching KNIK-FM.   And I did piece KNIK together from equipment found here and there.  I am suffering from RF withdrawal symptoms and hope to correct that situation soon.  No tower should go to waste.  Not even the water tower.

The Western Electric transmitter found on the above link is quite like one I used at the FM station in St. Louis Mo.   Lots of tubes, both little and large.

I look forward to meeting some of you one day.


Thursday, 08 November 2018 15:33
Jacques ZS6JPS

Great to read your message Mr Lansman!

Please do send me your contact details (my email can be found on both QRZ as well as the local SARL website). We will most definitely assist wherever possible to remedy your RF withdrawal symptoms!

Looking forward to having you on board.

Kind Regards, Jacques ZS6JPS


Friday, 09 November 2018 08:42

Thank You and your group on a job well done for Hams of the world


Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:37
Jacques ZS6JPS

Many thanks for the message Kenny, appreciated!

Monday, 01 October 2018 07:25
Prof de Vries ZS1ADD

The new website looks great. Thanks for all the information!!

Keep the valves glowing!



Tuesday, 28 August 2018 11:46
Moderator / Webmaster

Many thanks for dropping by Prof! 73

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 11:51

Greetings from the sunny Dordogne.

A big thank you to Dick ZS6RO, for getting the website up again.


Past president and historian AWA


Tuesday, 28 August 2018 07:41

Good day Richard,

Thank you for dropping by, and for your message!

73 de Jacques ZS6JPS

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 07:46
Sidney Freedman

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).

Sunday, 15 April 2018 07:40
Moderator / Webmaster

Hi Sid! Great to hear from you.
Noted on the new callsign - looking forward to working you! 73

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 08:16

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

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 07:32
Moderator / Webmaster

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

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 08:16
William, ZS4L

Very well done Jacques 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

Friday, 26 January 2018 07:31
Moderator / Webmaster

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.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 08:16

HI. Happy new year to you all. I have been trying to contact Richard ZS6TF but his email 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 that's possible this year.

Best wishes Edwin G0LPO

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 07:30

Hello Edwin,
Richards email is here 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

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 08:15
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