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(Photo: Looking from North Beach towards New Brighton Pier with the Port Hills in the background)

2017.....Into our 51st year of Amateur Radio!

   

                              (1966)                                   (1968)                                         (2016)                       ZL3PAL Keeping an eye on the Dx Cluster

(From  Young Fit and Intelligent in 1966 to Older Rounder not so smart now and Retired in 2016).smiley

 

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Kia Ora (Greetings)

Originally licensed in 1966 at the age of 15 as WN3GLX (Novice Class) in Philadelphia PA where I was born and raised.  Upgraded to WA3GLX in 1967 thanks to my Elmer and Uncle W3FP (W3ZJS) (SK) to whom I shall forever be indebted for introducing me to the wonderful world of Amateur Radio.

Initial connection to New Zealand came about in the early 1970's while serving as a Radioman in the US Navy in support of Operation Deep Freeze (DF71-74) operating from a Navy Communications Unit in Chch acting as a relay station between McMurdo Station Antarctica and NCS Honolulu. The NZ Post Office issued the call ZL3ADZ. In 1986 emigrated to ZL and was originally issued with ZL0AAH followed on with ZL3ADX from 86 till 94 when ZL3NB was attained. 

 

Needless to say life has been a interesting journey that has allowed us to go from A (Amateur Radio) to R (Retirement) along with a few other things in between like working and raising a family  to living through 5 major Earthquakes and over 15,000 aftershocks since September 2010 and Yes it still shakes from time to time  :-(

Station equipment consists of a Kenwood TS590S/TS2000 for HF 80 meters through to 70 centimeters and Ameritron AL811 Amp (w/572B's) along with the classic setup of the TS530S/VF230/SP230 which I brought in 1983 and still enjoy using today. For 2 meters a Kenwood TM281A provides for added local coverage. If you get the impression I like the Kenwood Brand...I do! :-)

The modest antenna farm consists of a Mosley TA33jr along with Inverted Vee's for 80/40 and 30 meters. It's low lying but living close to the Pacific Ocean makes up for the height disadvantage most of the time that is. A Diamond X300 Antenna is used on UHF/VHF.

Member of the ARRL and was one of the operators for  ZL100ANZAC in remembrance of the 100th Anniversary (1915-2015) of the landings at Gallopi (Turkey) in WW1 by the Australian  New Zealand Army Corps and also ZM90DX which celebrated the 90th anniversary of the 1st ever (Amateur or Commercial) Trans-World communications (18 October 1924) between (2SZ) England and (Z4AA) New Zealand.

As for operations enjoy most aspects of this hobby although favor CW and the Digital Modes. Apart from chasing Dx the latest craze for the past few years  has been JT65 including 6m to boot and more recently JT9. Yes who cares if its like watching paint dry. I like it and so do many others!

Awards:  ARRL DXCC Honor Roll CW and Mixed, 5BDXCC, DXCC Digital and Phone, DXCC Challenge, WAS and ARRL A1-OP Club (As WA3GLX back in the 80's).

 

Looking back 50 years......First off I made it!

I still remember as if it were yesterday making my first contact on 3.705 which was the only crystal for that band that I had at the time with the 6V6 glowbug in the then 80 meter USA Novice CW band working George WN3ERG (SK) also in Philadelphia then later on that day with my Uncle W3ZJS (SK) near Valley Forge PA. My first Dx contacts outside of North America came a couple of months later on 15 meters with Karl DJ5VQ and Mike G3JFY with the Heathkit DX40. Its hard to believe how time has flown by  plus not to mention that infectious Dx Bug that still continues to this day with ARRL DXCC Honor Roll being attained on both CW and Mixed Modes in 2016....50 Years later! 

The original 1966 Station consisted of a homebrew transmitter based on a 1950 something ARRL How to become a Radio Amateur article using a 6V6 tube with  the tuning coils mounted on lollipop sticks putting out around 5 watts and crystal controlled on 80/40 meters. The receiver was a Hallicrafters S-120. Believe it or not it worked but was soon replaced with a Heathkit DX-40 Xmtr (w/Globe 755A VFO after attaining General) and a Hallicrafters SX-110 Rcvr with a bent up what was supposed to be a 40 meter dipole cut short (Dad own the place and set the rules). (see photo above).

In the 1968 photo above the station consisted of a Hallicrafters HT-37 (SSB/CW/DSB Transmitter..All 95 pounds of it)  which I worked my butt off during the summer of 68' to go 50/50 on it with my Dad who made a offer I could not refuse. The receiver was a Hallicrafters SX-110 Reciever and Heath AM-1 SWR Bridge into a proper 40 meter dipole and a roof mounted old Hygain 14AVS vertical my Uncle gave me (This was the forerunner to the 14AVQ). On the second shelf is a Heathkit "Twoer" or Heathkit Lunchboxes as they were called for 2 meters AM. This was the first serioius kit I built in 1967 and it did not blow up on the first go although needed some Elmer help in aligning it. And lurking on the far end of the shelf was a Heathkit 100KC Calibrator....After two FCC out of band enfringement notices I needed it to keep  within the band edges  and not having the Feds get on my back again. Bit of a frightening experience for a young teenager new to the hobby.

One of the biggest thrills during Cycle 20 was working VK/ZL/KH6 from W3 Land on Ten Meters using the DX40 with 25 watts am/cw and a vertical and then working ZL2BE on 40SSB the day after  putting the HT37 on the air. Those were wonderful years back in the 60's with lasting memories of starting out in amateur radio and with the many friendships forged both young and old throughout the Philly/South Jersey Area that continue to this day although sadly many have gone onto the Big Ham Shack in the Sky now but not forgotten!

 

73 de Bill ZL3NB

               

                                                                                            

                       

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                   Old Shack from 1996 - 2015                                                                                                                                           Current Shack since May 2015

 

 

 

                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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United States Counties Award#1536
Granted: 2016-07-19 20:55:07   (ZL3NB)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties CW
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
United States Award#1547
Granted: 2015-10-30 11:20:02   (ZL3NB)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
World Continents Award#10095
Granted: 2015-08-11 08:55:04   (ZL3NB)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    80 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
    80 Meters Phone
DX World Award#2417
Granted: 2015-08-11 08:55:03   (ZL3NB)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    80 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Phone
Grid Squared Award#8696
Granted: 2015-08-11 08:55:03   (ZL3NB)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    80 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
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