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Bonjour a tous - Hello everyone - Haere Mai, as we say around here in Maori - Welcome to this page.

 

Thanks for checking me out.


If you are here about a QSL - here is some quick factual info:

You can log me here on QRZ or on eQSL or with HRDLogNet, I am not QRV on LOTW yet.

I use HRD v5.038 for logging and rig control so my log is mainly available on HRDLog.net, I upload to QRZ on a regular basis and I am unfortunately not equiped yet with Paper QSL (I intend to but not ready yet). You can always email me at ZL1RPL@gmail.com.

 

A little background about me:

I am a French and New Zealand citizen. I have been in NZ since 2002.

 

I am a new Amateur Radio operator, oh well a new “old” one… indeed this has been on my bucket list since the end of the 80’s … and yes it took nearly 30 years for me to get licensed… proof ? that picture below is me at 15 !

 

I caught the radio bug when I was around 13 years old.

I remember running around looking at roof top antennas at the time of the CB craze (the 11m band), I was fascinated by it. I actually joined the Bourg en Bresse 01 section of the REF (the French Ham Radio operator body) and sat through about 6 months of weekly classes for the Ham licence back around 1987, unfortunately life decided otherwise and I never finished the class and never sat the test.

 

I was active on 11m (one of those naughty CB guys he, he...) and belonged to the Victor Charlie DX group in Italy... my call sign was and still is (it was a lifetime one) 14 VC 1325 (Veneziani Campagnoli)... I confirmed contacts with Australia, South America, Africa, the US etc...

 

I already had a taste for DX and for building antennas. The first one I built I remember was a small directional folder loop design called the Pulsar. It was hidden in the attic. In retrospect it was a pretty poor antenna, but to me ? because I had made it with my own hands ... it was the best around ! and it was small and easy to hide.

 

Yes that's me - I was about 15 years old on that picture ! I am 47 now... I will let you do the math ...

 

 

In the 80's Morse code was a requirement in France to get your Ham licence. Around 15 words a minute if my memory is correct… and so I learned it back then.

I even made a few QSO's in CW on 11m and somewhere at my parents I have a box with QSL cards to prove it...

 

Fast forward to 30 years later, here I am in New Zealand.

No the radio bug hasn't left me.

I have been an SWL mostly… nothing serious and mostly on and off... but I owned an Icom IC R71A (just sold it) and a wire dipole W8010.

 

Early dec 2017, I moved to the Whangaparaoa peninsula North of Auckland, and one day as I was driving up to my newly rented home, I saw a forest of antennas and towers on the hill. How could I miss them… its a disease hahaha. 30 years on I still have my eyes up in the air looking at rooftops !

 

Yes! it’s a Ham radio Club… the home of ZL1HCR, the Hibiscus Coast Radio Club. And here I am driving up the hill and knocking on their door. Life is smilling at me. Few weeks and one intensive weekend course later at Branch 29 of the NZART and I have my Ham radio license in my pocket. Finally bucket list item ticked ….

 

The hobby has changed… for sure and not… yes digital tech has caught up here too. But the thrill is the same.

Years in waiting and I know what I like and what I want. Yet I have so much to learn and so much to catch up on. I want to build stuff, antennas, QRP rigs, etc... and I want some DX and more DX.

 

NEW PICS COMING SOON - THIS SHACK PIC IS NOW OBSOLETE ! Here is my Shack - Home made cabinetry and shelves to house everything.

 

 

Here are a few pictures of my home and the antennas on site.

 

Top of the loop both masts are house side and the tallest one is probably culminating around 10/11m (36ft). It's a fully removable fixtures.

 

Bottom of the garden with the house in the back - the other side of the rectangular loop with a conveniently located pine tree. You can see both 6m Aluminium masts (20ft) that support the loop.

 

Deck Side and view of the Discone for VHF UHF on the left and the feedpoints of both the dipole (now removed) and the Loop on the right. 

 

My equipment:

Antennas: 

Sky Wave Horizontal Quad Loop cut for 80m and fed by 450 Ohms ladder line into 9:1 balum and a 1:1 choke for Multiband operations.

Diamond Discone D130 for VHF UHF

Now removed and sittting on a shelf in the garage: Diamond Dipole W8010 5 bands 80/40/20/15/10

 

Current Antenna plan and Inverted L project as of 08/2017

 

 

Future Antenna Plans:

I have recently removed the Diamond W8010 dipole from the tree to the front of the house. 8 times out of 10 the loop came in stronger than the dipole and 2 times out of 10 I was getting the same signal. Now I have in my head ideas of vertical polarisation antennas like an inverted L, but then I have to setup a radial system and the property doesn't belong to me.  

I am also contemplating setting up a low noise receive antenna (loaded 450 ohms) like a beverage or a 2/3TFD.

 

Transceivers:

Kenwood TS-2000 primarily for VHF/UHF multi-mode operation

FLEXRADIO FLEX3000

YAESU MD200 Microphone

 

Receivers

RTL-SDR v3 dongle 

SDRPLAY RSP2PRO

AIRSPY HF+

Software SDR RADIO CONSOLE V3 from Simon Brown

SDR# 

 

Antenna Tuner:

FC-901

 

Software:

Logbook / CAT / DM software Ham Radio Deluxe v6 suite with links to eQSL / HRD Lognet / QRZ (manual uploads)

Flex POWERSDR KE9NS revisions

WSJT-X 

 

 

 

DXCC Plate

 

Here is a map of contacts to date.

QSO MAP

 

Please note I am an APPLE MAC guy but had to go with Windows as most of the HAM software is on Windows.... Couldn't get the CAT control to work on Mac just yet but I haven't abandonned.

 

 

Otherwise as far as day life goes, I am a Marketing Consultant and I run my own consultancy.

 

 

Regards,

 

Jean-Philippe

zl1rpl@gmail.com

 

 

 

My other sites:

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanphilippediel

https://twitter.com/brandmania

http://theripplehub.com

 

 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - ZL1RPL
Latest Contacts for ZL1RPL at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
VK2DO 2017-12-25 6m SSB QF44io Australia Christopher Roland Davis
JA1AZR 2017-12-25 20m FT8 QM06 Japan Tatsuo Naito
JA2INL 2017-12-25 20m FT8 PM84 Japan Tadashi(tada) Katayama
IZ4NPE 2017-12-24 20m SSB JN54TU30 Italy Gianfranco Ascani
IT9CIL 2017-12-23 20m FT8 JM77 Italy Sebastiano Leotta
FK4RH 2017-12-23 20m SSB RG28ro New Caledonia Gilles (Gil) BOURRELLY
FK1UW 2017-12-23 20m SSB RG37fr New Caledonia TARDIVEL Goulven
F6EKS 2017-12-23 20m SSB IN97gj France Jean Koltunski
FK4RD/ZL 2017-12-23 20m SSB New Caledonia YVES NOVELLA
FK8GU 2017-12-23 20m SSB RG28ro New Caledonia JACQUES MARRADES
FK4QX 2017-12-23 20m SSB RG28ro New Caledonia PHILIPPE BAILLY
JH3CUL 2017-12-21 40m FT8 PM74 Japan EIJI SOUNO (SOU)
JO1COV 2017-12-21 40m FT8 PM95tw Japan Yoshihiro Sato
VK5JR 2017-12-21 20m FT8 QF02 Australia Gd Smythe
S52RZ 2017-12-20 17m FT8 JN65 Slovenia Zdravko Rencelj

Book Totals: 807 qso's   265 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM


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Grid Squared Award#17384
Granted: 2017-10-21 05:08:02   (ZL1RPL)

World Continents Award#18626
Granted: 2017-10-21 05:06:02   (ZL1RPL)

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