I'm originally from Germany and was first licensed in 1982 as Y31IO. This changed later to Y58IO and finally DL7IO.
My main radio interests are DXing and contesting on HF with CW being my preferred mode. But I also do a lot of SSB and some digital modes.
We have a few more YL-operators in the family with my partner ZL2YL (ZL3IQ, DL7IQ) and our daughter ZL2GQ. You will hear them occasionally with best chances during contests.
Our family own contest call sign is ZM2Y.
Sunrise at the Waimarama Heights during WPX 2013. Left: hexbeam (10-20m) @ 10m height, 6L for 10m facing USA & 40-15m hexbeam on 15m crank up tower.
I'm also an active member of the East Coast Contesters where we use ZM4T.
Another passion I share with my family is travelling and we often combine that with a bit of radioing. So whenever you hear an exotic IO-suffix there is a good chance it is me. If that is a Pacific country it is even more likely as this is obviously on our door steps. I was active here multiple times as 3D2IO, 3D2IO/R, A31IO, H44IO, T28IO, YJ0AIO or FW/...
The station consist of a K3 transceiver and a KPA500 amplifier. The antenna layout changes constantly and usually I have multiple mono- & multiband antennas available. Our home QTH in Haumoana is also elevated and on top of a small hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean towards North America / EU LP and the Hawke's Bay towards EU short path.
If you want to work me please use your full call sign. I don't reply to callers sending only partial calls no matter how strong your signal is!
Cu on the bands
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