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I have been an Amateur since 1963. I have held the callsign ZL2iK since 1978. My earlier call was ZL2TDT, and I was amongst the earliest amateurs in New Zealand to hold the Technician Class Licence, they were introduced in 1962.

My current interest is QRSS, and I run the only regular HF Grabber Station in New Zealand and indeed the South West Pacific Region.  My antipode is10.8 km due south of the city of Tangier in Northern Morocco.  You can see the Grabber at http://zl2ik.com/Grabber.htm

The Grabber refreshes every 10 minutes exactly, the timing pips are accurate to the UTC second and the Frequency calibration is accurate to (1E-10)Hz, ie 0.1Hz @ 1GHz as my Icom IC R75 Receiver is phase locked to my GPSDO frequency standard.

To make ID's on very weak signals, I have the abilty to "Stack" successive images to further enhance the quality of the received signal,. To this end if you want your signal stacked, you will need to start each callsign frame at exactly 10:0 minute intervals, this puts the callsign in the same place in every Grabber image. The callsign frame should be no longer than 9 minutes, and can start up to 1 minute after any integral of 10 minutes, but short enough, that it will all occur completely within one 10 minute refresh time of the Grabber Frame rate.

There is a second page to the Grabber which refreshes every 30 minutes,  but displays the previous 5 hours, this is useful to gauge current propagation trends on the band, and to observe longer term frequency drift of your transmitter.  This is available as a link on the main page of the Grabber.

All times and dates are UTC to avoid any confusion due to your time zone.  You will only need to know the relationship of your Own Local Time Zone to UTC.

The Grabber can cover a 200Hz wide QRSS slot in the 80, 40, 30, 20, 17 and 10 metre bands on request. However, I normally default to the 30 metre band.  Requests should be emailed to me at peter@zl2ik.com but please remember NZST is +12 hours on UTC in my Winter and +13 hours on UTC in the Southern Hemisphere Summer.

I am also transmitting, using a QRP Labs U3S running approximately 1.00Watts, and using the Callsign ZL4Ei, this is my secondary callsign, I chose it because it has a minimum of "Dahs" in it (4 in fact where as my main call has 8), this reduces the send time for my call on QRSS6 from 7 minutes to 5 minutes, now I can send a WSPR frame in the same 10 minute slot, as well as have time to calibrate the U3S.

You can view my Website at http://zl2ik.com or my blog at https://zl2ik.blogspot.co.nz/.


Pete Mulhare

DE ZL2iK September 2016

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