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Fists #9683,      SKCC #2955,      CW OPS #1174

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Operating QRP in back garden. Kelly the Labrador (now SK) keeping an eye on his ball.


Working from a favourite spot - the Tairua Estuary. IC703 with extendable paint pole as part of an inverted "L" into the tree in the background


The front of my QSL Card (UX5UO Print) showing K2/100, KAT100, vibroplex paddle and Nato straight key

My latest rig-FT101ZD

FT817 with Z-11Pro II and HF Packer Amp.

I live in Hikuai, Coromandel Peninsula, on the picturesque North East coast of North Island. I spent the first 20 years of my life in Dublin Ireland then next 40 years in various parts of South Africa and finally moved to New Zealand in 2007 to be closer to my grandchildren.

I operate a K2/100, TS570, IC706 MKIIG, FT101ZD and enjoy using qrp rigs. ( IC703+, Yaesu FT817, OHR 100, TenTec 1340 ). My main interest is in CW ragchewing and I also enjoy building kits.  I have restored a Yaesu FT101ZD which I have working cw on all bands except 20m . October 2014 - I have built a HF Packer Amp which boosts the output of my qrp rigs if needed. Puts out a nice clean signal.

Working a QRP rig from outdoors is also a favourite pastime. This can encompass sitting in the back garden and throwing a wire up a tree or taking a QRP rig to a favourite site and putting up a temporary antenna. One good ragchew will make my day! I like to play with various portable (meaning quick to erect) antennas and have had sucess with long wires, inverted vee's, and a Hustler coil and whip mounted on the back of my car. I have had good DX sucess with a IC703+ an unun and random length wire on a paint pole and counterpoise at Tairua Estuary.

I have a full size "New Carolina Windom" antenna. (courtesy of plans from K4IWL) . The chances are that I would be using my K2/100 and KAT100 tuner with this combination or perhaps 300 watts with a TS570S and Ameritron 811

I have put up a vertical aluminium rod antenna with 4 counterpoise wires. The rod is 7,62 m long and I have used it sucessfully with QRP and QRPp on WSPR putting out 160mW.

I am awaiting my CW WAS Award from ARRL. Have applied in Feb 2015, so looking forward to gettting that certificate in the mail.

I have set up a IC2725 VHF / UHF and I can access a few repeaters with my vertical antenna.

I am a member of AREC, member of ARRL and NZART

WSPR. Using an Ultimate 2.03 kit and vertical rod, I am getting great results and have been spotted 19,000 kms away with an output power of about 160mW. After having it working 24/7 for 9 months, I have now switched it off for a well earned rest!smiley

73, Ian de ZL2AIM (previously ZS5IAN)


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