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Above right picture.  Working the W6RO Station in May 2015 when we stayed aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach after Dayton Hamvention.

I operate on HF from time to time but have to turn off the internet to lower the noise floor.  I have been a VHF contester from years ago and a current member of ZLVHF Contest.  I have managed to get a few good places and a first place in the ZL VHF Contests.

Icom  IC9100 with D-Star and 1.2ghz unit
IC260 (a spare I realy should pass on to someone)

FT817 (Microwave IF and QRP rig for VHF contests)
23cm, 13cm, 9cm, 5cm & 3cm Transverters

MFJ896 Tuner HF - Carolina Wyndom 80LP stretched to run from 160-10 (Tuner helps to push it to 160mt)
2mt - Hygain 215B beam 
70cm - 16 element DK7ZB

2Mt & 70cm - Diamond X510 & X50
23cm - Alford Slot (horizontal) & 18 Element Yagi
13cm - 18dbd Panel

Tower (Next Project)
Rohn 65 90ft (awaiting outcome of hearing challenging the local councils draconian restrictions)

New Home
In June 2009 we purchased a small holding just a few km's north of Waikanae.  We breed Polled Herefords for pocket money.

Below: Current QTH

We have a little pond with it's own island so earthing won't be a problem however there is a power line going across our property to feed the neighbor so I will have to put the planed Carolina Wyndom 160 140mt away from the house and as high as I can (using 15-20mt (50-60ft) poles. The tower will come later and must be high enough to support wireless internet from 5kms away as our high speed cable internet provider is short by 2km.

Pond in Autum

Below: Carolina Wyndom 80 by the house. I will use this until I get a long enough feedline (heliax) to run out the back past the power line.

Carolina Wyndom

Dayton Hamvention
I've been to Dayton Hamvention a few times and helped out a bit on one of the stands.  If you're considering it I'd recomend you plan on attending at least twice for the full three days to get around the exhibits.  Then there is the flee market, now thats an experiance all in it self!  There is something for everyone there.   

Picture will be placed once I can figure out how to stop QRZ rotating it. 

My wife came to Dayton with me in 2015 and actually enjoyed herself! 

The Carla and Chip show.

I spent a few weeks /M before and after Dayton 2017.

The set up was an FT817 with a 50 watt amplifier (low enough current draw for the cigar lighter).  Hustler 40 & 20mt Resonators on a fold-over mast on a modified MFJ number plate mount.  
Bit of bracing needed after some fast driving.  The number plate mounts are held in with plastic inserts and they are not very strong! 

Holiday House Operation
I usually operate from the Bach (Crib) at Waihau Bay over the New Zealand summers.  

Although I am afraid to admit we have not beeen back to our holiday home between 2012 and December 2015 when we returned  without my AR gear.   See also my Website link for info on Waihau.

Above: The HF antennae at the holiday cliff top bach (crib) is an end-fed wire between a Pohutakawa tree teetering on the eroding cliff and the bach roof as a counterpoise. I use a Diamond X510 for V&UHF.   I will update this site with a Carolina Wyndom 80 (CW80) once I put up the CW160 at my main QTH.

VHF/UHF/SHF Contesting
I have been fairly active in these contests in the 80's with John ZL2TWS and on my own since 2008.  The interest in VHF/UHF started when I was first licensed with Technician grade. I guess the thing that still draws me to VHF/UHF is the degree of difficulty compared to HF operation. For HF contesting its more about location, technique and power where for the higher bands it involves a little science with acute attention to reducing losses and maximising signals (ERP).

My latest /p set up is getting fairly large with a total pole height of 10 mt.  Below, starting the set-up of the mini antenna farm for the contest.

I operate from a small nearby hill (above) and have up to four bands running during contests.  View above to the north as I was setting up in 2014.

Below, rigging up for the Feb 2015 New Zealand VHF DX Weekend. I covered 6, 2, mt,  70 & 23 cm.  It's a bit of a monster to put up but worth it.  This setup won me first place overall (and on a few individual bands) in 2015 operating for only half of the contest.

Each time I go up the hill there is more metal in the sky.   Above the 1296Mhz transverter being weatherproofed on the pole with a loop yagi, the same one used in 1986! 

Below the mast clamp on the 6 mt beam was not tightened enough and it drifted somewhat during the night.  Ooooops!  To give an idea of scale the rotator is at 1.5mt (4ft) high and the feed-lines are a combination of LDF & AVA5-50 with FSJ4-50 (for 70cms) and LMR400 for the flexi section passing the thrust bearing at the 7.5 mt level.  Above the 5mt long 70cm beam is 23cm Transverter and Loop Yagi.   The 2mt beam is refered to as the blowtourch!  It's a little large to say the least.

I am currently struggling to finish off a partly completed 80-40-20-15-10 Amplifier Project I purchased.
I am reworking it to WARC using design ideas from the FL2100Z . There is no one source of all parts for Linears. However I found a Ham, Dr Alex Gavva UR4LL, who supplies cost effective components and obtained an 11 position bandswitch and ceramic doorknob capacitors.

When I was twelve I was given by an Aviation friend of my father an ex-Army multi sectioned whip aerial and an Arc 5 HF Aircraft Radio Receiver. This spawned an interest in radio that started off listening on the HF bands, building my own AM and for VHF, FM Transmitter in the 70's and later, early 80's, formed an active interest in satellite and microwave communications.

After a little success with a vertical ex-army whip antenna I rigged up a long wire antenna between the chimney of our house and a 75 ft gum tree at the back of our property.  Coincidentally the distance was just over 40 Mt so by good luck I had a half wave 80mt dipole. The receiver given to me tuned from 3 to 6 Mhz. The set needed very careful tuning to resolve SSB and I discovered people who regularly met at the same frequency regularly for a "sked".

I sat and passed my Amateur Radio License examination at 13 and waited until 14 before I could have a Call Sign!

I built my first (valve) crystal controlled AM Transmitter in the mid 70's followed by a solid state 2 Mt Transmitter.  I gave my first Radio to another Ham who had further fostered my interest in VHF and above to pass to an interested "youngin" or perhaps a Museum.  I understand he still has the kit in his house/Museum?  I'm planning on getting it back and lighting up with good old AM plate modulated final.

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