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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 at school. I
still clearly remember my first short wave receiver, it was a Phillips
valve set. The magic of the glowing valves in the dark while listening to
exotic stations will always be with me, and then there was the smell of
hot valves and Bakelite, maybe that is why I still love valve amplifiers!
I enjoy contesting and DX'ing,
mostly on CW but I can also occasionally be found on SSB and FT8/JT65/RTTY. I also love playing with radios, modifying, restoring or improving
and home-brew is always fun.
Apart from playing with radios and electronics in general I also enjoy nature, hiking and nature/landscape photography. Photography is a hobby but it has become a bit of a second career for me with assignments coming in on a regular basis. I mostly sell my work via international agents.
For me amateur radio has become a way of life, I take it into account where ever I am or what ever I do, it brings peace to my life and the wonder of far away places. With (early) retirement now a fact (Since August 2018) I am looking forward to spending a lot more time on the air. I am in the process of re-locating to a more country living style area, once my station is setup there I am planning on be very active again.
This page is a short summary of my journey with amateur radio, I hope you enjoy it!
73, Rudi de ZS6DX/ZS2M/V51VE