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A personal journey with Amateur Radio
Hi !, my name is Rudi Venter, I have been a licensed Ham since 1996 and a SWL long before that when I was still a school boy. I build my first transmitter when I was 10 years old. My previous calls were ZR6VE (restricted 50 Mhz and above only) and later upgraded to ZS6VER, I still hold the call V51VE. I was born in Namibia (Windhoek) but I grew up in Pretoria in South Africa. I work in the computer industry as a operating system specialist/consultant running my own company, REALISTIQUE CONCEPTS, (My favorite OS is UNIX (Linux)!).
I enjoy contesting and DX'ing, mostly on CW but I can also be found on SSB and PSK31/RTTY on the odd occasion. I also love playing with radios, modifying or improving and home-brew is always fun.
Apart from playing with radios and electronics in general I also enjoy nature, hiking and nature photography. Apart from photography as a hobby it has become a bit of a second career for me with assignments coming in on a regular basis. I do quite a bit of motorcycle riding, enjoying long trips a lot. I have also started flying microlight aircraft, both weight shift and 3 axis and I will fit a ham radio soon.
For me amateur radio has become a way of life, I take it into account where ever I am or what ever I do.
This page is a short summary of my journey with amateur radio, I hope you enjoy it !
73, Rudi de ZS6DX/V51VE