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 as GM1KNP and was active on VHF for a few years before the shift to ZL in 1987. This call has been released now and re-allocated.
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. Making space for my latest addition Kenwood's TS590SG purchased May 2015 for my Scottish holiday activity and now in the home shack.
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!
In the process of finishing the installation of this mast February 2015. 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. 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.
January 2016 have just installed a G3TXQ Broad band HEXBEAM from MW0JZE. (6 band version) It is up on the new mast and I'm adding contacts to my log. Also using 80m and 40m 1/2 wave dipoles currently. Hoping to put up my 40m Delta Loop again soon.
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 http://brucezl1aao.webs.com/index.htm And probably a bit out of date!
SCOTLAND TRIP 2015.
Latest overseas activity was as MM/ZL1AAO from Outer Hebredies and Isle of Skye. Limited operation holiday style I popped up on 40m around 7.160 mhz and worked some WAB square hunters for NG19 and NG25. I have a paper log of these contacts and am happy to QSL direct if anyone needs a card to confirm our QSO. I was active on 30/5/15, 31/5/15, 2/6/15 and 3/6/15. I used a new Kenwood TS590SG, SOTA pole and linked dipole. Reports were generally good and lots of compliments on the audio quality from the TS 590SG! Martin Lynch & Sons must have set it up just right for me!!.
Special mention to Kevin 2M0KVM for being the only station to work me from The WirelessCottage B&B Lochboisdale, South Uist.
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 https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/ZL1AAO
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