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QSL: Preferred method is LoTW! Tnx.


Fists #9683,      SKCC #2955,      CW OPS #1174

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Above is my new toy - ICOM IC7300 which I got in March 2017. I am really thrilled with it and it does all I ever want from a CW rig. One of these days I will read the manual and find out much more about its features.....


This picture shows the acoutrements of my hobby- CMOS III keyer, Vibroplex paddle, Navy straight key, and HamRadio Deluxe on my laptop. You ask, why would I need a CMOS keyer when the IC7300 does it all? I have connected it in such a way so that I can immediately switch from my paddle to my straight key. If only Icom had thought of putting in a socket for straight key as well as a paddle.......

My operating position in the shack.















Operating QRP in back garden (2008 in Hikuai). Kelly the Labrador (now SK) keeping an eye on his ball.


Working from a favourite spot - the Tairua Estuary. IC703 with extendable paint pole as part of an inverted "L" into the tree in the background


The front of my QSL Card (UX5UO Print) showing K2/100, KAT100, vibroplex paddle and Nato straight key

FT817 with Z-11Pro II and HF Packer Amp.

I live in the village of Tairua, Coromandel Peninsula, on the picturesque North East coast of North Island. I spent the first 20 years of my life in Dublin Ireland then next 40 years in various parts of South Africa and finally moved to New Zealand in 2007 to be closer to my grandchildren.

I operate a IC7300 and enjoy using qrp rigs. (Yaesu FT817, and OHR 100 ). My main interest is in CW ragchewing and I also enjoy building kits.   I have built a HF Packer Amp which boosts the output of my qrp rigs if needed. Puts out a nice clean signal.

In March 2017 I acquired an Icom IC 7300 and it is without doubt the best CW rig that I have owned.

Working a QRP rig from outdoors is also a favourite pastime. This can encompass sitting in the back garden and throwing a wire up a tree or taking a QRP rig to a favourite site and putting up a temporary antenna. One good ragchew will make my day! I like to play with various portable (meaning quick to erect) antennas and have had sucess with long wires, inverted vee's, and a Hustler coil and whip mounted on the back of my car. I have had good DX sucess with a IC703+ an unun and random length wire on a paint pole and counterpoise at Tairua Estuary.

I have a half size "New Carolina Windom" antenna. (courtesy of plans from K4IWL) . The chances are that I would be using my K2/100 and KAT100 tuner with this combination or perhaps 300 watts with a IC7300 and Ameritron 811

Received the WAS CW certificate from ARRL in June 2015.  Also received the ARRL DX Century Club Certificate in January 2016 (150 CW countries).

I have set up a IC2725 VHF / UHF and I can access a few VHF repeaters with my vertical antenna.

I am a member of ARRL and NZART

73, Ian de ZL2AIM (previously ZS5IAN)


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United States Award#2686
Granted: 2016-12-12 07:38:02   (ZL2AIM)

DX World Award#4662
Granted: 2016-11-03 06:16:02   (ZL2AIM)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20M CW
United States Counties Award#2618
Granted: 2016-07-20 23:18:02   (ZL2AIM)

  • 100 Counties CW
  • 250 Counties CW
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#4723
Granted: 2015-02-27 06:50:03   (ZL2AIM)

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  • 30 Meters CW
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  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#5696
Granted: 2015-02-27 06:50:02   (ZL2AIM)

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