Originally from Scotland I've been ZL1AAO since 1987.
DXing is in my blood since the bug bit in 1979. I first licensed in 1983 in Scotland and was active on VHF for a few years before the shift to ZL in 1987.
My second call allocated July 2011 ZL1YE is used for contesting. E51 guys lunch August 2011.
I took a couple of turns operating as ZM90DX celebrating 90 years of Amateur Radio DX achievements. 1st October 2013 until 31st October 2014. Check out "Kiwi DX Group" and ZM90DX.com
Yaesu FT2000 and Kenwood TS570D both 100w. I use a Heil HC4 Headset i/c Boom Mic.
Amplifier is Emtron DX1d which I mostly use for low band work.... that extra s point when it is needed.
Mobile or Portable I use my Yaesu FT857D or Kenwood TS570D with mobile/portable antennas depending on the focus of my activity. ie. Local or DX and which band etc
My antenna farm is small compared to the big contest stations but I try. I have a few certificates for CQ WPX and CQ WW SSB all bands and have fun whilst adding new ones to my DXCC tally!
Presently I have homebrewed broadband 80m dipole and a Zep dipole for 40 - 10m.
In the process of finishing the installation of this mast February 2015. I am working on getting multiband yagis up in the air again and have now installed a Hygain TH3Jr on the new mast. It is always interesting to have some projects in mind and it always seems to be antennas due to the winds that come through this valley that's why I went smaller this time!!
My QTH is 70-75m above sea-level and to the north west looks over the Hauraki Gulf towards Waiheke Island and Auckland. I have a hill right behind me to the south so don't point my directional antennas that way! There is good take-off from West, North & East.
I am registered with LOTW and with eQSL. Check there and see if you have any QSLs. If you are curious follow the link for my web page. (Its nothing flash!) http://brucezl1aao.webs.com/index.htm And probably a bit out of date!
EQSL and LOTW have now been upoaded with E51AAO log. Check out QRZ.com page for detains of my 2 visits to Rarotonga and activity as E51AAO
Please QSL direct via my home call address. Send SAE with $2 or if not in a hurry use the QSL bureau.
(Sorry from December 2012 will ceasing use/acceptance of IRC. No more IRC!!!! )
73s de Bruce.
Be a Happy DXer! You can check out for QSOs at http://www.clublog.org/logsearch/ZL1AAO
Thanks to all that worked me as ZL1YE in the Contests 2012 & 2013. My logs are now loaded on EQSL and LOTW.
I always try to upload asap after the contest in question.
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