Photo's: (1) ZL3NB ( Picture taken Sept 2010 prior to the 7.1M Quake) (2) Mosley TA33 and assorted Inverted Vee's for 80/40 and 30 meters. (3) W3FP (at Mike) and WA3GLX (ZL3NB) operating aboard the Battleship USS New Jersey BB62 (NJ2BB). (4) WA3GLX 1968 (17 years old) with Hallicrafters HT37/SX110 and Heathkit "Two'er" in Philadephia PA. (5) Taken after the 6.3M Earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22-2-11. The shack was a mess. The house was damaged but still structurally sound and livable till repairs can be done. We were lucky when compared to many others who lost loved ones and their homes. (6) Present station as of January 2013 with TS590S/TS2000. (7) Kenwood TS530S setup brought in 1983 and still in use. Note the NFL Football Helmet. Yes I'm still a die heart Philadelphia Eagles fan!
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PLEASE NO BUREAU CARDS AS THEY WILL NOT BE REPLIED TOO AS I AM NO LONGER A MEMBER OF THE ZL NATIONAL ASSOCIATION.
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Kia Ora (Greetings)
Originally licensed 1966 at the age of 15 years old as WN3GLX in Philadelphia Pennsylvania where I was born and raised. Upgraded in 1967 to WA3GLX thanks to my Elmer and Uncle plus Special Friend in Life Joe W3FP (ex W3ZJS licensed 1954) who sadly passed away peacefully after a long illness with cancer in October 2011 at the young age of 71 years old.
The initial connection to New Zealand came while serving in the US Navy in Communications (RM) during a three year tour of duty (1971-1974) stationed at the now ex US Naval Communications Unit in Christchurch which supported communications as a relay station involved with Operation Deep Freeze and McMurdo Stn Antarctica. Was also licensed as ZL3ADZ during that period.
After leaving the Navy we lived in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Norristown and Pottstown areas) and worked as a Electrician mainly in new construction till late 1985. We migrated back to New Zealand (xyl is a Kiwi) in February 1986 and live 14KM Northeast of Central Christchurch in the coastal suburb of New Brighton with the Pacific Ocean "just down the road" from our QTH. It's been a good location for radio over the years.
To say the least its been a interesting journey especially since September 2010 with Christchurch (largest city in the South Island with a population of around 360,000) experiencing 4 major Earthquakes (7.1M/4 September 2010, 6.3M/22 February 2011, 6.3M/13 June 2011 and 6.0M/23 December 2011) and well over 12,500 Aftershocks to date but fortunately they are slowing down now after 2 1/2 years. Nearly 80% of the Christchurch Central City has been demolished due to Quake damage, Someday a new and vibrant city will rise and shine again The positive side is that we are finally in the process of repairing our quake damaged home. Looking at the humorous side of it the antennas withstood the test of time with the shaking. :-)
We are now retired and fairly active on the airwaves with having a dabble in Dx/Contesting or just having a good rag chew on CW or the Digital Modes (Mainly PSK/RTTY/JT65A).
Equipment consists of a Kenwood TS590S TS2000 and TS530S (Classic 80's setup with the VFO240/SP230 with the Auteck QF1 and Trac Keyer) and TM281A. The Amp is a Ameritron AL811 (w/572B's) and the Antennas consist of a Mosley TA33 for 20-15-10 meters and Inverted Vee's for 80-40 and17 meters.
Have held the callsign ZL3NB since January 1994. Other calls: ZL3GLX and WA3GLX. Former calls: WA3GLX/ZL3ADZ (1971-1974) ZL0AAH (1986) and ZL3ADX (1986-1994).
EPC #2601/30 Meter Digital Group #0136/Straight Key CC #4643/NAQRP CW Club #2652/DMC #4753/BDM #1619
Awards held: DXCC/WAC/WAS/WAP/WAZL and A1 Operator Club (WA3GLX)
ZL3NB Weather Station
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