Originally licensed as G4iFB in 1979, I emigrated to ZL in 2005. Down here on the Far Side I feel like I am DX
My first love is CW, particularly CW DXing, CW ragchewing and CW contesting (usually signing ZM4G at home or ZM4T at the club). Apart from the odd SSB contest or pileup and the occasional burst of enthusiasm for RTTY, PSK or other digital modes, you'll mostly find me chasing DX at the bottom ends of whichever bands are open. I also enjoy homebrewing and experimenting with stuff when conditions are poor. My soldering iron is always within reach.
Here are some of my recent QSOs:
I use DXcluster routinely, so if you see me spotting DX or if I am spotted, I am QRV. Hint: I am usually identified first on the Reverse Beacon Network.
Iam the webmaster for ZL7T and ZM4T and a present or past member of the First Class Operator's Club (FOC), East Coast Contesters (ZM4T), ARRL A1 Ops, Quartz Hill Contest Club (ZL6QH), Chiltern DX Club (CDXC), M6T, Windmill CG (G0FBB), Red Dragons (GW8GT), Leicester Radio Society (G3LRS), Sutton & Cheam Radio Society, ARRL, NZART and the Voodoo Contest Group.
My equipment includes Elecraft K3 and K2 radios and a KPA500 (all built from kits), THP HL-2.5K and LK550 amplifiers (currently being fixed!), and a trusty old MM3 Morse Machine with a remote memory trigger.
My antennas include a HyGain 3-ele tribander and various homebrew devices such as a 3-ele 17m Yagi (borrowed from my pal Morrie), a 30m 4-square on the tin roof of my workshop, a 30+17m rotary dipole, a 40m vertical on a fishing pole strapped to a fence post, a 12m loop, a 3 ele 6m quad, and an inverted-vee dipole for 80m. I have 2 towers and plenty of tall fir trees to support them.
Due to the cost and effort involved in installing low-loss coax feeders to my antennas, I use homebrew remote antenna switches.
I live on the East coast of North Island New Zealand (IOTA OC-036) in sunny Hawke's Bay. It's a lovely hilltop site, a clearing in a forest with a clear takeoff all round and no neighbours in sight: there are photos and lots more info on my website G4iFB.com. Take a look at the Great Circle map to see how wet the world appears from ZL, and just how far we are from the main ham population centers:
I reply promptly to bureau and direct QSLs received. If you want a direct QSL reply, please send US$2 or an IRC and a QSL-card-sized addressed return envelope. The round trip for direct cards takes a month or so. I suspect the ZL post office still uses canoes.
You can also request my QSL card through ClubLog's OQRS service. A couple of dollars via PayPal will pay for a direct card, otherwise I will pop one in the bureau with the next batch of cards.
I upload my log to LoTW frequently (literally every day when I'm active) so that's a quick and free option, though I still like to receive your QSL cards too. QSL cards take a bit longer to prepare, process and distribute via the bureaux so please be patient. I hope you like my card - it's a photo I took at Cape Rheinga, a very beautiful and spiritual spot at the very Northern tip of North Island NZ.
PS I comply, and encourage you to comply, with the DX Code of Conduct:
Thank you for reading this far. Please encourage others by referring to the DX Code of Conduct on your QRZ page, DXpedition and ham website. Together, we are making a difference: operating standards are far from perfect but they would be even worse if nobody cared. I care, and I hope you do too.
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