I was first licenced in March 1973. I came on the air with a Heathkit HW-101 Transceiver and a G5RV antenna. The HW 101 was later replaced with a Yaesu FT-101B Transceiver, and a home made 3 Band 2 Element Cubical Quad completed the antenna farm.In 1977 other pursuits had to be given priority, and I became inactive. I sold my station in the same year and I was QRT. I never imagined at the time, it would be 27 years before I would be back on the air again.
In January 2004 I was able to return to the hobby. My Station comprised of an Icom-746, and once again a G5RV antenna. What a joy it was to be back on the air! Later, a Carolina Windom 80, and a Carolina Windom 80 Special replaced the G5RV.
Having retired in October 2006 after a 44-year career in the Public Service, I now have more time to play radio. There have also been a number of changes to the station since 2004 as well.
My current station comprises – a 5 Band Heavy Duty Spiderbeam at 10 meters above ground. (I still have my Carolina Windoms). A Yaesu FT-950, and a Yaesu FT-450.
Since putting up the Spiderbeam, entries in my log have certainly increased from the many pile-ups I have been in. My favourites bands are 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters. I also get on 40 meters occasionally.
I do not chase DX. I have no need to really. I work whoever comes along. I simply enjoy giving Hams a chance to put a ZD7 in their logs. I respond to all requests for QSL Cards providing they are accompanied by 2 US Dollars (or Euro or Sterling notes) and an SAE. PLEASE! do not send coins or stamps. AND do not QSL via VE1AIH who was my QSL Manager. (He is now a Silent Key anyway). Getting a card back to you could take 3-8 weeks, this is beyond my control, as ZD7 land does not have an air service. So please be patient.
If you want information about ZD7 Land you can visit the following websites:
73s Peter ZD7FT
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