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G'Day, Thank you visiting my bio. My name is Kevin, and I am a married man, with a wonderful wife, Natalia, and I have 2 great kids, 2 daughters. Eldest daughter is 25 (92), and the youngest 14(03); (our Christmas Eve baby). They put up with my hobbies.

I live 70kms south of Auckland CBD, a country town called Te Kauwhata (North Waikato), on a small life-style block of 5000sq metres/1.25 acres, a few sheep, chickens and cats, and of course a few sprouting antennas. Population of the town is about 1500 and growing. Doing a search on Goggle will find the place, or click this link - https://goo.gl/maps/Z55pmYxJu4M2.

I have been a ham since 1989 after 10 years on CB, always had an interest in radio after visiting a local ham for a Scouts activity (large rack system at the time, 1973). My previous call-sign was ZL1UDD up to June 2004, but this was only VHF and above. I had a spell of inactivity, but back into it now, as time comes avalible. The shack needs a good overhaul, it's a bit cramped, and messy. No fancy antennas though at the moment. crying. These are coming, see below.

Main interest was in repeaters, as being a foundation member of the "South Auckland Repeater Group - S.A.R.G". I helped run 3 sites with 6 repeaters, this has now however changed with moving some onto another group to run. This now bring the repeaters being run to 2. But glad to be able to help another Ham build 2 repeaters for his area. See ZL1HK from qsl.net for details, and some tech information.

I play around with some parts of Ham-Radio, more then others, as it is such a big and wide hobby. I have been to 3 Dayton Hamventions, all before 98, but since then been unable to attend. Hope to get back there one day again. Do play with computers alot now, and try to incorporate them in with my Ham activities, computers are a part of life now. I like to build things, so follow the Ham tradition.

Love to travel (when the bank balance allows), travelling to the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and to Russia. While in Russia did work ham radio from my wives City of Novosibirsk,(Central Siberia) Russia, from the club station, RW9OWD (photo above shows me operating the club station). It's not often you get a English person operating from Central Siberia, what was meant to be a 1 hour seeson, turned into a few hours. Loved the pile-up.

I am kept very busy with Family life, work and Hobbies. The wife always has jobs for me to do :)

My Station, Equipment

I operate HF mobile, and I have started to operate from my home station. I use and love Kenwood equipment, TS-480S/AT into an multi-band Outbacker antenna in the car (currently it is in the house, haven't got it in to the new car yet). I also have a Tarheel Screwdriver Mobile antenna fitted to the car, these newer cars have little area to mount anything to sad. The Tarheel is now my main moble antenna. Want to find a curcuit to build an Arduino driver/counter.

For the shack I now use a Icom IC-7700 (bought it second-hand), this is fed into a full-wave 80mtr closed loop, horizontal, at 7.5mtrs, see photo directly below.

I have just started building my HyGain TH7DX, 7 element yagi.

I still have to get a good tower, telescopic type to mount it up-on, it will be interesting to see how well it preforms. I would like to get a US Tower 72ft tower, however way out of my price range to get it down here, might just have to build my own.

I also have a Kenwood TS-830S (Gold Line) Hybrid HF Transceiver which is sitting on the shelf, it gets switched on every now and then, but sorry to say, it just does not have the reception as the Icom.

Seeing 50Mhz has been given back to the hams here (due to TV going digital), I have plans and materials to build a 6mtr boom, 6 element, 6mtr beam.

As mentioned, I like to build when I can, recently completed building a 2x6 HF antenna switch, able to expand to 4x12. This now requires me to design and build some form of switching control; would like to use an arduino, with display to do this task (anyone have any ideas?)

Fixed Station:

  • Icom IC-7700 Transceiver
  • Icom IC-7300 Transceiver
  • Kenwood TS-830S Transceiver (Gold Line), including Kenwood AT-230 Antenna Tuner
  • SDRPlay 10kHz to 2Ghz RX
  • KiwiSDR Receiver. (When not using the antenna for HF work, it will be here for internet listening, point your Chrome or MS Edge browser to http://kiwisdrzl1kfm.ddns.net:8073) Another note: Do not use MS Internet Explorer, it does not work.
  • Heil Pro-7 Headset
  • Heil PR-40 Mic into a Behringer Xenyx Q1002USB Mixer; then into the rear connector of the IC-7700.
  • Speakers JBL Control 2P (audio routed through the mixer as well)
  • No Amp - Yet (Anyone got a spare laying around, not using, they would like to send my way?)
  • Hy-Gain TH-7DXCC- 7-Element; Tri-Beam (see above photo)
  • Full size 80mtr closed loop (see above photo)
  • I am looking for good plans to build a compact 2 element 40mtr beam. It will have to use coils to reduce the size.
  • Tower not arrived yet

Mobile Operation:

  • Kenwood TS-480S/AT Transceiver
  • Outbacker Multi-Band Whip Antenna
  • Tarheel Screwdriver Antenna
  • Kenwood TM-D700 VHF/UHF Transceiver
  • Diamond 2mtr/70cm Whip.

Portable Operation:

  • Icom ID-51; D-Star Handheld
  • 70cm DVAP, to access D-Star from home
  • Wouxun KG-UVD1P (Chinese Handheld)

Other Equipment:

  • Motorola GM300, GM328 and GP328

Other Amateur Radio Related Information:

If your interested or new to Amateur Radio check out these fine video broadcasts.

Ham Nation (US Live weekly shows, Thursdays 01:00UTC.)

Amateur Logic TV (US Live monthly, best to join them on Facebook. They also present Ham College for those of you starting out, or just wanting to refresh yourself.)

TX Factor (British production, recorded. Comes out about every 3 months.)

These are but a few, there are many others around on the Internet, do a search in Google, or You Tube. I will add more as they come. However these are the ones that interest me.


My other Interests:

American Muscle, V8's, old to the new. Owner of a 2002 C5 Corvette, in Electric Blue (blue is my favourite colour).

I also own a 85 C4 Corvette in Silver, and have owned a 71 Mustang and a 68 Holden Primier(Australian GM). I am a GM guy, even though I had the Mustang.

I am also an active member of the local Te Kauwhata Volunteer Fire Brigade (member of "Fire and Emergency New Zealand"), as a Senior Fire Fighter. I am also a Fire Fighter with our on-site Emergency Services Team at my place of work. Been in the Emergency Services since 2008, and I enjoy working with both sets of teams.

I also help the local Primary School with their LPFM Radio Station. The kids love to get into it, and run Live, next project is getting the station on-line (Have problems getting Shoutcast to go through the fire-wall).

I work in the Steel Industry, taking raw iron sand, and turning it into Steel coil for cold rolled material or Galv. I am a Shift Supervisor in the Cold Reduction Plant. I been with NZ Steel on two occassions, first being just under 6 years and this time round since 1988, so 30 years(June 2018).

Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about me, glad to have met you, or look forward to working you some day soon.

73, de Kevin, ZL1KFM.

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