South Africa radio ham sends love to home city

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My name is Peter Tottle. I was born and bred in Heeley from 1937 to 1958 and I now live in South Africa.

After I did my national service in the RAF I left Sheffield and lived in Camborne in Cornwall. In 1968 I moved out to Zambia in central Africa to a town called Livingstone, on the north bank of the Zambezi river by the Great Victoria Falls (one of the seven wonders of the world).

From there I went and lived in Bulawayo in Rhodesia (now renamed Zimbabwe) and finally I settled in a town called East London on the south east coast of South Africa.

You may wonder why I suddenly write to The Star and say: “Here I am living in darkest Africa.”

Well my hobby is also amateur radio with the South African call sign ZS2ABF. The Star published an article last Friday, June 21 with the headlines “New trailer signals success for amateur radio club.”

On Saturday, June 22 I contacted that new trailer via radio and spoke to Steve M1ERS, the vice chairman of the club. He was operating from the club’s new communications trailer at the Heeley Festival. I thought that was a great coincidence and a great achievement to be able to talk to my home Sheffield district via radio.

They really deserve to have won that communication trailer.

I shall now be able to keep in touch, even from 10,000km away, with my friends and The Star newspaper.

Peter, ZS2ABF