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Hello and welcome to my QRZ Page.  

I am located in Puhoi, 65km North of Auckland CBD, New Zealand - (See https://puhoinz.com).  Puhoi is a small rural town which has a population of around 400.  The name Puhoi is Maori for slow water, making it the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday away from the big smoke. This village 35 minutes north of Auckland's CBD is a unique slice of Kiwi history.  Early settlers hailed from Bohemia in the Czech Republic originally settled in 1863, and some of their descendants, and those of Maori descent who also lived in the area, still call Puhoi home.

We have four amateur radio operators in this community.  This QTH is at an elevation of 250m above sea level with a fall off of 80m.

I have been interested in various forms of Radio Communications for over thirty years.  Fully licensed in 2014 and now active on HF, HF Digital modes, D-Star, DMR and V/UHF. 


Unfortunately due to poor health and ongoing conditions, other interests including boating, fishing and outdoor activities have become very limited. HF equipment includes an FlexRadio 6500 SDR, ICOM IC-7610 SDR, and professional audio equipment which includes an electro-voice RE320 Studio Microphone.  A ICOM ID-5100, ID-51A and TYT MD-380 are used for analog and digital UHF and VHF communications. 


The station runs both Mac OS and Windows 10 which all interface to the amateur equipment.


The main antenna is a Mosley PRO-67-B-3 seven element Yagi which covers 40 Meters thru 10 Meters. We also use a very effective 94 meter (307 foot) extended double zeppelin dipole which connects to a remote matching unit via 600 ohm ladder line.   We have a homebrew six element 6M, and nine element 2M Yagis.  Amplifiers include a SPE Expert and a OM Power.  We are working on the construction of a SAL-30 Apex Loop array. 


QSL DETAILS:  QSLs via eQSL, ClubLog OQRS, LOTW, BUREAU or Direct with $3USD.

Electronic: LOTW (preferred), e-QSL and ClubLog are uploaded on a daily basis. Clublog OQRS is now accepted.

Bureau: All cards received via the Bureau are replied to via the Bureau.

Direct: Please send $3USD to cover postage. QSL cards received not containing $3USD will be replied to via the Bureau.

Check below if you are in my log, if so you can request a Clublog OQRS (Online QSL Request)

vy 73 de Mike, ZL1MRC


Puhoi township




Puhoi 1903 - (Courtesy of Puhoi Historical Society Inc.)


Following are some photos from the set of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit motion pictures.  This fantasy land is called Hobbiton and was filmed on location in Matamata, New Zealand.  

See here for the official movie website





NZ coastline



Installation of earthing system and conduit 



Mosley PRO-67-B-3 7 Element Yagi, 94M Extended double Zepp, Home Brew 6M Yagi






Google earth photo, QTH elevation is 250 meters above sea level.


7.5KW of Solar Panels powers the house and shack


Shack Photos








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United States Counties Award#2697
Granted: 2016-07-21 04:16:02   (ZL1MRC)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
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DX World Award#3335
Granted: 2016-02-26 02:00:02   (ZL1MRC)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#3313
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  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#1601
Granted: 2015-01-26 02:56:04   (ZL1MRC)

  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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