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Welcome to my ZL2RX page.

 I am quite active on the bands,  having recently retired from work. I have been a licensed ham since 1969. Most of my QSOs are CW using straight keys, mainly a "Hi mound HK707" and my "ZL special bug" from 1968. Recently I have also been back into digital modes JT65 and FT8. 


My QTH is only 100 metres from the sea with a clear take off to the north through to the south west at an elevation of about 12 metres above sea level. I have a small amount of land so even wire aerials can be difficult to construct here as I have made a decision not to use the house as an antenna elevator. This is because at a previous QTH my aerials destroyed two brick chimney stacks, and generally made the house look more like a spy ship than a home!

The view toward the West from just in front my "shack".


My main aerial is a Windom designed for 7 mHz, a 20 metre length that I can suspend from the east side of my plot of land to the western, sea side. This is tuned with a remote (8  metres away) homebrew tuner against earth and a counterpoise earth. This antenna is also effective on 15, 17, 20, and 80 metres. 

I  have two short (25 metres) Beverage on ground antennas (BOG) for receiving only, used on all HF bands I am interested in. They favour NorthEast, WestNorthWest directions, these being the lines of my fenced boundaries and are bi directional.

For 160 metres I have a centre loaded 11.5 metre vertical over a reasonably good earth system. Of course this is used only for transmitting the receiving is done with the Beverage antennas, which are in reality rather too short for this band. This vertical will tune nicely on 30 metres so is often put to use there too.

For two metres I have a 9 element Yagi.


My present rig is a Yaesu FT-757 GX II aided by an AMERITRON AL-811A linear with which I can run 500 watts on CW. The FT-757 is CAT enabled and controlled through a  "tablet" computer via "N1MM LOGGER PLUS" logging software.

I like the idea of geting good value by using old rigs and one of my two meter rigs is also an old Kenwood , TR9000 multimode bought in 1978, this rig is aided by a "Dick Smith" 100 watt linear.


I  have some SOLAR power capability, two panels with a total 120 Watts capacity at 14 volts or near. My battery bank is not very good unfortunately and is mainly used for lighting and powering the VHF rig at times and as a "keep warm' supply for the FT 757 GX II.  I also have an 800 watts 230VAC sine wave inverter but this is not much used due to the limitations of the battery bank, but maybe good for emergencies.


I do upload regularly to Club Log, LOTW, QRZ and EQSL. I no longer QSL with cards. I don't think anyone loses out by this, as ZL is not a rare entity.


I first became interested in Ham radio in my late teens when in the U.K. 1964/65. Early influences were Jack G2CLN who lived next door and fellow students at Bristol Technical college, Bryn G3SWC, Phil G3SWH and Nick G3TPL.  Some of my early experiences of ham radio were with the Bromsgrove and district amateur radio club, field days and club contest station operating, Despite my early interest  I first obtained an amateur license in 1969 after emigrating to New Zealand.

My first call was ZL2BII and I was very active in the 70s and 80s. In the late 80s I was able to change my call to my present call, ZL2RX. I have been a fairly poor logkeeper as ZL2RX and only now am trying to get some order into my records now that I am retired from work.

As ZL2BII from 1972 I was active mainly on CW and of course phone (AM) using some old gear lent or given to me by ham friends Roger ZL2BHG and his XYL Colleen, also a ham.

From my QTH on a dairy farm in Rai Valley in Marlborough province I made many contacts using a home brew rig with a Geloso VFO and an ex NZ navy B28 receiver. Later I constructed a Heathkit HW101 and that was my HF rig for many years up to the 1990s.


In 1979 I obtained two old teleprinters for RTTY operations and combined with a Heathkit HW101 and  Catronics (UK) modem I had many contacts using the old Creed model 7B. I have done most of the digital modes including SSTV and HELL which I was very active with about 20 years ago. WSPR is a mode I also use up to the present time.


I also operated VHF on two metres from about 1974 using a "Wellington walkie" kitset produced by the Wellington VHF group. This was used to access VHF repeaters in Nelson and Blenheim and also Wellington where I often operated /MM in my work as a Radio officer on the Cook Strait rail ferries.


I experimented with many different HF and VHF aerials when at this QTH and gained a pretty good understanding about what worked and why. I never used rotatable beam type aerials on HF at Rai Valley because it would have been a real problem to construct a tower, as the wind speeds at our QTH could be very destructive at times.


Thanks for reading to the bottom of this page.................


73 Roger



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