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Greetings from Acacia Bay a suburb near the town of Taupo on the north end of Lake Taupo, in central plateu of the North Island, south of Auckland. Over the last 14 years since retirement my XYL Judy and I have spent the northern hemisphere winters in ZL during the New Zealand summer. My home QTH is on San Juan Island, approximately 67 air miles NW of Seattle, Washington and US call is N7TLL.

One of my favorite operating activities includes the morning 20 meter "OHANA" net on14.268 MHz, Mon. thru Sat and Sun. on14.307, starting at 1630 UTC +/-.The net is skillfully managed by the Chairman, Ben, KH6LJ on the island of Oahu, HI and the alternate net control operators; Wayne, WH6OR the beacon of Maui; Tom, N0EV from the Rocky mountains in CO; Gene, WB7DBJ my neighbor on Whidbey Island, WA , John, KE7LWW, So. Everett, WA and when all else fails George, W9EVT the laser beam from Washington Island, WI is always there to help. If I don't hear George then I know the band is dead. My thanks goes out to all the other various relay stations for helping me get checked in regardless of band conditions and/or propagation, Tony, N7ERW, Mike, W7VOC, John, KE7LWW, John, KC6ZME, Dick, KD0ACR in tropical SD and Gary, WL7LV, Pt. Protection, AK, Robby, KC5UZZ, NV,  just to name a few. I also want to acknowledge my Vacuver, Island  neighbor Grant, VA7GO the QRP master from Vancouver Island, Victoria, BC.

Last but not least my new found friends Rob, ZL2US and Dave, ZL2OK who I had the pleasure of having an eyeball with in 2012 and since have become good mates. They graciously arranged for me to use their club VHF/UHF repeater and become a member of the thier ARC. I look forward to catching up with them again in December of 2014. Dave is a faithful Yaesu driver, the voice of Takapau and Rob is Mr. ICOM of the Hawke's Bay area and the Commander of the local ARC. They both always have big signals when they light up thier Yagis and Dipoles . It is all good fun between Dave and Rob when they or we are comparing signal reports! They both are "Big Guns" heard around the world. 

For the first time I have maintained a fairly consistent SKED with my home Island QTH. My friends and local ARC members who help me roll out of bed at 0500 (!) local NZL time are Craig, AE7NA, Ed, KD7TUN, Bob, K7NHE, Dave, K9MRQ and Wayne, WA6MPG.They have all helped with zeroing in my dipole to get the best possible results on the short path north 36 degrees.During 2011/12 season, I replace the IC-706 with an IC-7000 and thanks to Ed, I added a monoband 20 meter dipole wire antenna.The current ZL dipole has been working well and I decided to remove the vertical antenna.

Again this year my objective  is to establish a reliable SKED with my friend Doug, W6PUG located in the foothills of Ramona, CA. Doug who is driving high power into his low takeoff angle MegaGAP-HD vertical. I hope it's not a one-way QSO due to my low power working conditions. This season could be a propagation winner and Doug can hear me.

In the evening I will occasionally work the openings to Europe on 20 meters. I have noted that the most consistent DX pipeline is to Spain and Italy on the long path.

ZL1TV will be activated starting 13Dec2014 thru Feb2015. Note: Future operations of ZL1TV is currently to be determined (TBD ) .

73 and the best of DX,



P.S. My local Elmer and friend is Peter, ZL1WH the Voice of Taupo. So if you hear Peter on 40/20/15/10 meters give him a call. 

Note: I am a bit behind with my QSL card replies, but I will do my best when I return home in March 2015.



Lake Taupo
Location Taupo District, Waikato Region, North Island
Coordinates 38°49′S 175°55′E / 38.817°S 175.917°E / -38.817; 175.917Coordinates: 38°49′S 175°55′E / 38.817°S 175.917°E / -38.817; 175.917
Lake type crater lake, oligotrophic
Primary inflows Waitahanui River, Tongariro River, Tauranga Taupo River
Primary outflows Waikato River
Catchment area 3,487km2 (1,346 sqmi)
Basin countries New Zealand
Max. length 46km (29 mi)
Max. width 33km (21 mi)
Surface area 616km2 (238 sqmi)
Average depth 110m (360 ft)
Max. depth 186m (610 ft)
Water volume 59km3 (14 cumi)
Residence time 10.5 years
Shore length1 193km (120 mi)
Surface elevation 356m (1,168 ft)
I Motutaiko Island (11ha)[1][2]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Taupo is a lake situated in the North Island of New Zealand. With a surface area of 616square kilometres (238 sqmi), it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake by

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