Episode 393 – Hans van de Groenendaal – ZS6AKV


Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, has been a mover and shaker in South Africa amateur radio for as long as he has been licensed, almost 65 years.  In that time he has taken leadership positions in the South African Radio League, represented his country at the International Amateur Radio Union, involved himself in high altitude balloon launches, AMSAT South Africa, and a host of projects going back to his early beginning.  Hans is an alumni speaker at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo and is my QSO Today.


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Hometown: Johannesburg
First License:  Age 18, ZS6AKV, 1957

First Rig: 
Heathkit DX40 Transmitter
Hammarlund HQ-150 Receiver
Johnson Viking Ranger Transmitter

Current Rig:
Kenwood TS-590 HF Transceiver
Alinco DX70 QRP Transceiver
Kenwood TS-811E Transceiver
Kenwood TS-711E Transceiver
Kenwood TS-811E Transceiver

Favorite Operating Mode: SSB
Next Project: monitor next generation beacons, and Raspberry Pi

EngineerIT         www.engineerit.co.za 
SARL      www.sarl.org.za
 AMSAT SA www.amsatsa.org.za
SA Amateur Radio Development Trust  www.amateurradio.org.za

High Impedance Earphones on a wire
Foxhole Radio (crystal set)
Shortwave Listening
YMCA, South Africa
South African Amateur Radio License
Morse Code
Monkey Puzzle 
Postmaster General, South Africa
South Africa Novice License, Age 12 to 25,  ZR license
ZU Exam, South Africa
INCASA South Africa
South Africa Amateur Radio League
Telecom Technician, South Africa
International Telegraph and Telecom Corporation (ITT)
Standard Telephones and Cables Company, South Africa
Technical Writer Job Description
Engineer IT Magazine, South Africa
Broadband Power Line Carrier BPL
Beacon Program SARL Next Generation
AM Modulation
SSB Modulation
AMSAT SA Cubesat
APRS – Automatic Packet Reporting System
ZS6TJ Bulletin
Amateur Radio Today, South Africa
Sentec SA
Radio RSA
Gerald Klatzko, ZS6BTD, partner
HamNet Emergency Communications Network
SARL Presidents Award 
Ultra-Low Frequency Amateur Radio Band
Sunset Satellite Amateur Transponder
University of Stellenbosch, SA
Sunspace, Ltd, SA
Russian Space Center
South African Cubesat
SDR Transponder
CubeSat Space Frame
AMSAT North America
IARU -International Amateur Radio Union
International Radio Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordinator
6146 Vacuum Tube
Inverted V Antenna
Multiband Amateur Radio Vertical Antenna
HamSci Space Weather Station

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: bring amateur radio operators to accept new technologies and to experiment with them.   

Excited most by: all of the new technologies around beacons and propagation

Advice to new or returning hams: engage yourself in the new things in amateur radio.​

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Hammarlund HQ-150 HF Receiver

Johnson Viking Ranger Transmitter

Alinco DX70 QRP Transceiver

Kenwood TS-590S HF Transceiver

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