Please QSL direct to Buzz NI5DX.
My QTH is in lovely Nelson, NZ, on the north coast of the South Island. Nelson is a popular vacation spot even among New Zealanders, and is often called the "sunshine capital" of the country. We get about 2500 hours of sun per year -- nearly as much as San Diego, California (though not as warm, unfortunately). The UV here can be really intense, which is great for gardens and farms.
I'm always interested in hearing what I sound like in other parts of the world. If you happen to make a recording, please send me a copy / link (it helps me monitor my signal quality, too). I switched to a new microphone in late Apr 2013, so I'm particularly interested in knowing more about the audio quality on the other end. SDR WAV files or screenshots of a waterfall showing my signal are also appreciated (if my signal is ever wide, please let me know!).
I don't believe in self-spotting, but I do appreciate spots from others. I generally watch the cluster feed while I'm on the air; I don't monitor my email.
I generally upload to LoTW at least once a month, and shortly after major contests.
My contest callsigns are ZM1G for SSB and ZL1G for RTTY.
Different hams have different approaches to pileups. Here's some info about how I handle them, and tips for reaching me in one:
Three major pieces of hardware in my setup were made in Italy: the UltraBeam UB-50 antenna, the SPE Expert 2K-FA amplifier, and the ProSisTel PST-61 rotator. I also use a Yaesu FTdx-5000, microHAM MKII, and a Green Heron RT-21.
View to the northwest:
To the west:
Here's my tower. The antenna is an UltraBeam UB-50 (3-el on 6 to 20m, 1-el on 30 and 40):
I run a Skimmer Server site that feeds to the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN). I'm using QS1R receiver. Skimmer is confgured to listen on 80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 during the day, and I swap 10 with 160 at night.
Here's the gear. The signal path is: antenna to Array Solutions AS-RXFEP front-end protector (top front silver box) to Clifton Labs Z10023A elliptic high-pass filter (top rear silver box; used to prevent local AM broadcast stations from overloading the receiver), to Clifton Labs Z10043A-SP pre-amp (lower right silver box; customized to have more gain on 6m) to QS1R receiver (black box):
A few things to note about the setup: #31 toroid on the power cord for the pre-amp, to reduce noise; foam insulation between the QS1R and the FEP and high-pass filter (the QS1R can get pretty warm), and the splitter on the right side of the photo, which I use to route the signal from the antenna through my FTdx-5000 before going to the QS1R stack when I'm transmitting. That way, when I key the mike, the radio takes care of disconnecting the QS1R.
Recording of me working a pileup on 12m on 27 Nov 2012, as heard by YO2MLM:
Recording of me working another pileup on 17m on 23 Dec 2012:
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