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 Photo taken of the current shack set up at the home QTH in the   Waikato area of New Zealand.

Operation is normally in the North Island but if operating in the South Island I use the secondary call sign of ZL4BD

Other call signs ZF1BD,3D2BD,A35BD,G4BYI and for any operation in the US I use the call W/ZL1BD. I have no QSL bureau facilities and postage costs have now risen by 70c per letter, so it is no longer possible to reply directly, so please do not send cards requiring a reply if they do not have a reply envelope and sufficient postage. The minimum postage from New Zealand to overseas destinations is now $2.70.  The nearest post office is now 20k from here so any outward mail is difficult. My logs are updated regularly to LoTW, so that is the easiest way to confirm.

If you do call in, please use a full callsign because I don't respond to partial calls, no matter how strong the signal. I respond better to a very weak station with a full call sign than a strong station giving me just two letters.

I am also active occasionally from the Cayman Islands with the call ZF1BD

By request, a picture of the house and antenna taken spring 2015, plums ready for Christmas!

Home brew tower and trolley

North Salem, New York State

At various periods, I will be operating from New York with the call sign W2/ZL1BD, QTH then South Salem.    









Operations from the South Island in Naseby with the call sign ZL4BD will be done from my son's QTH above, where I am doing all the external stonework in the local schist rock.

Schist, careful how you say it, is the local sedimentary rock which outcrops in the Central Otago region of the South Island.

Population of Naseby 65 in the winter but it swells to over 100 in summer.

At the end of a day of working with stone, it is nice to sit down and enjoy a little bit of operating.  All the stone is random and is not cut in any way to give a surface or corner.

10 tonnes now finished, 2 to go!

I usually come back to the North Island for the back to recover.

Now I know how a paper clip feels!





   Working in the winter time in the South Island has its moments but it is good to fly north again to a more civilised temperature


       Almost at the end!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I may have spoken about my son, who is a climate change scientist.  Here is a recent picture of him showing John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, around Scott Base in Antarctica.   Antarctica is his my son's second home and each summer is spent down on the ice.  At least it gives me a break from stonework, because I have no mixer for the cement!!!



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