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Hello and welcome to my page.

 Callsigns: ZL2SDX & ZL2PWR

A little about myself, I'am originally from the UK my Partner is a Kiwi and wanted to move back home.  I was a Commercial Deep Sea Diver for 15 plus years working for many oil and gas companies around the world on oil rigs and dynamic positioning vessels, working away from home.   I have met some very interesting guys along the way as well has loosing a few too. Here is some of the work I have been involved in. 


While offshore I also gained my GMDSS Licence "Global Maritime Distress Safety System"  Radio Officer ticket, which was a lot of fun at times and very stressful to. This qualification futher down the track, helped me sercure my current role has a Radio Operator for Maritime New Zealand,  which we practice GMDSS - SOLAS " saving lives at sea " I was very surprised  at the large ocean area which is Navarea 14 that ZL covers.  Which is up to the Pacific Islands down to the Antarctic, and half way across to Chile, so you can imagine quite a large area. We have 30 VHF sites covering  the North and South Island of New Zealand including the Chatham Islands listening daily watch on Ch 16 the Distress  Channel and the working frequencies, HF is also covered Distress frequencies  2182. 4125, 6125, 8291, 12290, 16420, and the working  channels, DSC  "digital selective calling "is used along with Inmarsat C. We have many great features at work to help us in the role like AIS auto tracking of vessels given their live current position in real time which is a great asset in a distress situation.

         Navarea XIV  showing coverage Maritime Radio keep watch.

Maritime Radio Operations Room.

Maritime Radio/ZLM

Lots of Buttons and things to Break  "Ha Ha"

A young technician working on a 5kw RCA Transmitter in 1950s for Wellington Radio/ZLW.

( Not me i must say wasn't born till 1968. ha ha ha ) :

A interesting link below regarding the Wahine Distress disaster in 1968.


I have been involved in radio from a young boy and theres never a day that radio doesn't give me a smile, although i do question some operators practice on the air LOL.

Another part of the hobby for me is playing with ESSB "Enhanced Single Side Band"  ( What the hell is that you may ask).  Well theres no point in having a great signal and terrible audio "RIGHT"

Well it all started 2o years ago while spinning the VFO and coming across a wonderful sounding station called W2ONV "ONE NICE VOICE" My friend Bill RIP, on 14.178.  It changed my whole perspective on how audio should sound.

Here is my current working conditions.

Kenwood TS 950 SDX "Voodoo Modded"

Kenwood TS 870 SAT " Modded  C131 cap the Audio injected ver the rear Acc.

Kenwood TS 2000  "Also modded with blue led display and Noctua Fan mod". 

ICOM-7300 " There's that many on the air .. I felt left out " ( Noctua -NF-A8-PMW. Fan-Modded.  

Flex-Radio 5000A+Tmate  " With KE9NS, Psdr software installed". check it out below.   


  Linear Amplifier. "My Baby"    


 The New Gadget, LP-700 Meter + Two 5kw couplers. " By Larry N8LP " 

Check it out below.


Microphones. Rode NTK modded with a RK-12  Microphone Capsule.


Complemented with a 1968 gold pin 6922 Telefunken tube.

More  like wasting money, well i enjoy swopping and rolling tubes in my valve rack gear, its all modded from the Op amps to the tubes, replaced with vintage RCA 5751 black plate commands.

Electro Voice RE 20  " Every TV and Radio station seems to have them theses days".

Groove Tube MB1A original tube model,  sounds great but hard to tame.

Heil PR40 " Why you may ask"  There not bad to tell you the truth.

Sennheiser HD-600. Audiophile studio headphones "completely flat accurate sound"

The Rack"

More buttons to turn and break:


 Four element mono bander for 20 meter's on a 32 ft boom. 

Strumech Tower "which came with me from England " 

Heathkit HD-1481 Remote Coax Switching unit.

other wires for 80/40 meters "Project in progress"

The Mobile Station." Every ham goes mobile or portable don't they lol ".

The DX Vehical.

Icom 7000 with a UR6QW 8 band eq "sounds great now".

Icom 7300 recently added  (What such nice audio they have) : )

Whips  "Complete Hustler  mono band set 10 to 80 Meter's work wonderful"

The New Bike.

A Christmas & early 50th birthday gift to myself.

"Fitted with the new Vance & Hines short shot pipes"



" Check the Sound out below "



Meet the Boss. Love of my life. "Nelda"




    Archie "Our dog"




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