Thanks for looking me up.
UK operators please note - the New Zealand QSL Bureau has not had any cards from the RSGB bureau since August 2010, and that was the only posting since 2007. If you want a card, please QSL direct. A postage contribution would be appreciated.
I emigrated to New Zealand in 2008 and I have the following ZL calls - ZL4TE my main call, and also ZL1PETE which I am using as a contest call. I live in the old ZL1 area but ZL4TE is easy to send in CW!!!!
I'm active on most bands from 40m up to 70cm. I'm mainly on 20m and often can be found sending slow cw on the qrp frequencies. I really do get a kick out of 2 x qrp contacts. I'm also enjoy the digital modes, RTTY and SSTV.
I was first licensed in 1986 as G1SVC (a class B License) when I lived near Reading in Berkshire. I used to travel regularly to EI and had the visitors call EI3VTF. In the early 90's, I took the CW exam and passed. I was issued the callsign G0SVO. By a strange quirk of fate, I went to school with G0SVN (Neil) who first fired my interest in radio. I also hold the US callsign KE4OKF.
NO EQSL please.
If you wish to qsl direct, I will reply direct. I would appreciate an IRC, otherwise via the buro is fine but takes a much longer time.
I am a member of the GQRP club, but do run QRO. While I was in the UK I was the keeper for the local 70cm repeater, GB3TL, owned by the Spalding and District Amateur Radio Society. I am very pleased to be a member of SDARS.
The station consists of an FT1000MP mark 5 Field with a range of filters, a Ranger 811 Amplifier, Palstar AT1500cv ATU. The main HF antenna is a Cushcraft AV3 Vertical for 10/15/20. I also have a homebrew 150 foot delta loop for the warc bands.
I have finished upgrading the grounding system, and have cut over 300m of .12mm copper wire into the lawn, and under the new concrete patio, I have connected up the re-enforcing mesh. I also took the opportunity to bury some drainpipe to have underground cable runs.
For tuning antennai I use a YouKits FG-01 antenna analyzer. I have put a short video on YouTube.
Here is the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXSGBzNFDOs&feature=feedu
VHF/UHF I use a Kenwood TM732E dual bander, and for mobile work I have an FT857D and Atas 120. I also have an FT817 as a standby / holiday set.
I use a G3LIV Multicon interface for digi modes.
The picture at the top of the page is in my old UK shack, with Kieran, who was (at that time) 6 years old.
On VHF I have a couple of Kenwood TM732E's and have just got an Icom ID-5100. I'm still learning about DSTAR, and although it does not give the thrill of HF SSB or CW, I love being able to switch on and work the world. The ID-5100 is an amazing radio, and I am still learning how to pilot it properly!!!!
This is my new shack (prior to the ID-5100), with a Galbraith key.
Here is one of our favorite beaches, about 30 minutes away, looking towards VK
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