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I am a retired pharmacist, married to Isobel. We have a daughter (with 2 grand-daughters), and a son. We live 12 Km north of the town of Balclutha. From time to time I also operate from our old lakeside cottage at Lake Hawea, 250 Km by road to the north-west of our usual home (Loc: RE45pj).

Note added14 Jan 2018: I need to tidy up my LoTW submissions for contacts made from my portable location at Lake Hawea to avoid the QSO's being rejected due to having a different Grid. This is in particular to my FT8 QSO's. I will attend to this before the end of the month! Thanks to Ernie VK3FM for alerting me to this issue.

Born 1940, I was not licensed until 1976. I enjoy casual contesting and am very keen to work DX. I have 8-Band DXCC (80-40-30-20-17-15-12-10), and DXCC Challenge (1973 confirmed). DXCC total is 338 entities confirmed (332 current).

My log is loaded onto ClubLog several times each month. I strongly recommend you make sure you are in my log before requesting a QSL card.

Check to see if your callsign is in my log (last loaded 10 January 2018 - but you may need to check again up to 24 hours later due to ClubLog processing time) - enter your callsign and click GO:


QSL CARDS. You have 4 choices:

1. LoTW: I prefer QSLs via LoTW (Logbook of the World - http://www.arrl.org/lotw/ ) - for non-DXCC awards I may request a paper card.

2. OQRS: set up on ClubLog (http://www.clublog.org ) - costs you $US2.00 for direct, but nil via bureau (See 4. below) - your overall cost will be less   (See end of page for OQRS cards sent most recently via bureau)   Check your PayPal account to be sure it has worked - recently 1 or 2 PayPal requests have been incomplete.

3. DIRECT: with SAE + $US2.00 (lowest cost airmail postage from July 1, 2016 is $NZ2.70).  IRC's are still OK but it is too late to send me the Czech version as they expire on Dec 31, 2017- only the Istanbul Version is acceptable. PLEASE NOTE: Cards received without $$ OR properly stamped and current IRC will go to the bureau. I always respond to direct QSL cards as quickly as possible - usually next day provided I am not away from home.

4. BUREAU: I send cards to the bureau only a few times per year (last packet sent to bureau 5 December 2017). Please note, if you have already asked for a QSL card, DO NOT send a "paper" card. Also if we have previously exchanged QSL cards for a particular band/mode, DO NOT send or request another - sorry but I do not need and will no longer respond to multiple requests except in exceptional circumstances, e.g. fire or flood loss, etc.

E-QSL: No longer used.

QRZ Logbook: No longer used.





My HF station is currently an Elecraft K3 (built April 2010 #4212 - since added 2nd Rx & P3 Panadapter). I have linear amps to 1Kw from 1.8 to 54 MHz.. I have Heil microphones with HC-4, HC-5, or HC-7 elements and a Goldline. My paddle is now a nice Begali so I must try to send better CW! Maybe some more Rx practice would help even more as I do struggle on reception!!

Antennas: 40m-6m: 3 element SteppIR beam (20m-6m) + 30/40m dipole, 17 metres above the ground (installed May 2007). 40m 1/4 wave vertical with 3 elevated radials all just over 2m AGL. For 30m + 80m + 160m: Wire dipoles about 15 metres up. I am planning to erect a higher wooden mast (~23m) to support something else for 80m & 160m (maybe a T or inverted-L with elevated radials). I am also experimenting with receive antennas for 160m.

At our lake house, I have only wire antennas supported by nearby trees. My radio path to the north-east is severely attenuated by mountains very nearby that rise steeply to 1500 metres above the lake (300m ASL).

I work Phone, CW and Digital and use all bands from 1.8MHz to 50MHz plus local VHF & UHF

My logging software is LOGic 9 - http://www.hosenose.com

For NZ County hunters, I live in the Bruce County #103. My home QRA Grid Locator is RE 43 vt. IOTA is OC-134 (South Island of NZ).

I am a member of NZART, secretary of Branch 35, South Otago - http://www.nzart.org.nz

Member/supporter of the Northern California DX Foundation - http://www.ncdxf.org

Member #7 of International Pharmacists Ham Group (IPHG) - http://www.malpensa.it/iphg/index.htm . My station is valid for IPHG Award.

Member of the Kiwi ZL DX'ers group - http://groups.google.co.nz/group/kiwidxlist - a good place to contact keen DX ops in ZL

Member #9691 of FISTS Club. Supporter of http://www.dx-code.org/

And for DX news I am a subscriber and a big fan of The Daily DX produced by Bernie McClenny, W3UR -  http://www.dailydx.com


Visit to Cook Islands July 2010:

   Cliff ZL4AS, Jim E51JD, Victor E51CG, Bob E51BQ                                           

                                                Frank W3LPL, Cliff ZL4AS (below):


Two of the ZL9HR team visited 22 Nov 2012: John 9M6XRO (SK Dec 17), Cliff ZL4AS and Gene K9GS:

Atsu 5W1SA, Pai and Cliff ZL4AS - visit 24 Dec 2013:

Bob VP8LP, Cliff ZL4AS & Janet VP8AIB visit Aug 2014:

Ted VK6NTE & Jenny visited via cruise ship Feb 2015 - We had a very quick visit to the Catlins area south of my QTH:










OQRS Cards sent to bureau 5 December 2017:




OQRS Cards sent to bureau 21 September 2017:



OQRS Cards sent to bureau 21 June 2017:



OQRS Cards sent to bureau 14 March 2017:


OQRS Cards sent to bureau 10 February 2017:



OQRS Cards sent to bureau 16 November 2016:


OQRS Cards sent to bureau 20 September 2016:


OQRS Cards sent to bureau 22 June 2016:






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I like fly fishing





My best trout ever - 8 pounds (3.63 Kg)

The largest trout I have ever caught - weight 8 pounds (3.63 Kg) - Like chasing DX, always hoping for more!

Gray Family Motto:

.Gray Family Motto

Rev: ZL4AS - Sun 02-August-2009 06:00utc

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