Those of you who have been following the 10m thread will have noted that I made quite a number of contacts with ZS over the last week or so from my radio clubs shack and I’m pleased to report, the time wasn`t entirely wasted. Amongst the contacts was John ZS5J. After a nice chat we talked about SOTA and John told me, he has taken an interest in SOTA and plans on activating some ZS summits, hopefully in the next month or so.
Those amongst you who are regular SOTA chasers will know how difficult it is to chase a ZS summit (if indeed it has ever been done) from EU the main reason being ZS activators don’t seem to work above 40m on HF. Those of you who are regular SOTA activators will know just how difficult it is to even work ZS from a summit let alone manage an S2S. If memory serves me correctly, in just over two years I have managed to work ZS once and I think maybe twice from a SOTA summit …I`ve worked VK more times than that!
Anyway, bearing in mind the activator is in sole charge of any activation, I have asked John if he would please post an alert on the system when he plans an activation and please would he spend a little time working above 40m.
The beauty of ZS is the time difference which will make any attempted S2S a much easier prospect from EU, possibly a little trickier Stateside and maybe something that may interest Wayne and the VK boys and girls.
My experience of working ZS, … total feast or total famine and it`s normally total famine
Hopefully we can see some ZS activity in the coming weeks, lets just hope the propagation Gods look on us favourably.
BTW, John ZS5J has got quite a radio shack and a visit to his QRZ page is highly recommended.