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Please note that I do NOT QSL WSPR

 

Background

Started in the NZ Army as an electronics technician and passed the theory of my Ham licence in 1969. I could have picked up a call and gone on the VHF bands, but other things like a wife and world travel got in the way.

When I returned to NZ, I bought a boat and picked up ZL1TQI in 1980 as a way of keeping in contact around the Hauraki Gulf. I even put up a 2 metre 16 element beam on a rotator on the house and could hit most of the upper North Island 2 metre repeaters. When the boat went, I kept the call for a few years and then handed it back in 1994.

In 2004, the NZ Morse requirement disappeared so I applied for my old call and got it back. TQI had always been a mouthful, so I asked for the vacant ZL1LC and got it. I put up a McCoy doublet of 270' length and found a second hand Cushcraft R8 vertical. It was still in its box and my old eQSL card shows it being mounted on the garage.

 

Operation

My main modes are low power digital. It doesn't annoy the neighbours. I like the short interchanges and today PSK31 is my preferred mode, but you will find me on PSK of all flavours and I did have a year or so on JT65.

I also enjoy contests, especially field days. The New Zealand Jock White Field Day is something special.

Because I live on Waiheke Island, which is classified as part of the Minor Islands of NZ for IOTA purposes, I have a Grab and Go kit of Icom 703 and portable antennas. I use this kit for the field days or in the summer, putting up one of the several Maidenhead Squares that are accessible here on Waiheke. (Check out the NZART Awards net on 3.677MHz at 08:00 GMT daily.) I hope I never have to use this kit in a real emergency, but you never know.

 

Kit

The kit is mainly Icom. There's an Icom 7700 which either feeds the Cushcraft R8.  This is my main PSK31 setup.  There's a Hamware.de auto balanced tuner, the McCoy doublet for the lower bands.

The IC703 is for QRP or Portable use and there's an Icom 7000 in the truck for HF-UHF when I'm stationary.  The truck has a Little TarHeel whip or a windom on a 30 ft telescopic pole.

A Mac Pro running a Winduhs emulator for Ham Radio Deluxe and a few other programs that don't run on OSX, rounds off the scene. A Signalink box connects the Mac to the radio.

An Icom 7200 has recently joined the selection as a mains powered Grab and Go kit that is set up for PSK or SSB.

Recently I picked up a Flex Radio 1500 for QRP PSK.  That is the radio being used in the photo.  It was while we were travelling in the UK in 2014.

A couple of HTs for Pedestrian or Bicycle Mobile 2 metre work, rounds out the pile.

Portable antennas are either a Buddipole setup or a 33' telescopic pole supporting a Windom.

Recently the collection has been joined by a couple of boat anchors, a Kenwood TS520 and Yaesu FT101ZD and a slightly later Icom 730 for a bit of fun on 40 and 80 metres.

 

APRS

I run APRS whenever I am off Waiheke Island, so look for me on the web at aprs.fi  Normally the ID is ZL1LC but sometimes you will see ZL1LC-9 which is my portable system.  

 

Clubs

Besides belonging to the NZART and ARRL, I really enjoy being in the EPC, DMC and PODXS 070 clubs, especially the latter. They support PSK and/or digital modes and have a range of activities and challenging awards. For me, the PODXS 070 club is preferred because it is based in the USA and I have more success working there, although there's good access to Europe at most times.

The Club details are:

10-10# 76528,  DMC# 4990,  EPC# 11782,  PODXS 070# 1476,  DXDA# 3718

 

QSLs

Please note that I DO NOT QSL WSPR!

Two way QSLs are always answered, and I issue eQSLs automatically.

QSL direct is ok and no green stamps are required but please include a self addressed envelope. If no envelope, the card goes out via the bureau as I can't take the chance on getting the address wrong.

 

 

 

ZL7LC

ZL7LC was a micro DXpedition to the Chatham Islands on 14 - 20 March 2013. Thanks to all who worked ZL7LC.

 

73's and hope to see you on a waterfall.

Jim

ZL1LC

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - ZL1LC
Latest Contacts for ZL1LC at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KC9RFO 2016-02-03 15m JT65 EM49PR20 United States Wendel W White
HS0ZBS 2016-02-02 20m JT9 OK03 Thailand KURT BRAUER
BV2FB 2016-01-31 40m JT65 PL05 Taiwan Ralph Yang
UT7IS 2016-01-31 40m JT9 KN98 Ukraine Max Burmakin
UA6BRD 2016-01-31 40m JT9 LN05 Russia Igor V. Borzenko
K6VIB 2016-01-31 40m JT65 CN84 United States ROBERT (Bob) DOROTHY
VA7REH 2016-01-31 40m JT65 CO95 Canada Roy E Henriksen
JH4FVU 2016-01-31 40m JT65 PM65 Japan Kazuhito 'Kazu' Yamashita
JI1QXX 2016-01-31 40m JT65 PM95 Japan
CT1FBK 2016-01-31 20m JT65 IM58 Portugal MIGUEL VALENTE
PY2RN 2016-01-31 40m JT65 GG66 Brazil EDUARDO ERLEMANN (EDU)
VA3DM 2016-01-31 40m JT65 FN04 Canada Douglas Thomas Elton Mein
WB4SIA 2016-01-31 40m JT65 EN34 United States JERROLD L CARLSON
EB8AIU 2016-01-31 40m JT65 IL18 Canary Islands J. Jesus Daryanani
CD3GID 2016-01-31 40m JT65 FF46 Chile DANIEL GASPARRI

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Grid Squared Award#6078
Granted: 2015-03-21 01:35:02   (ZL1LC)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#7268
Granted: 2015-03-21 01:35:03   (ZL7LC)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
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