New Zealand DX Hall of Fame Citation 2010
The New Zealand DX Hall of Fame was set up a few years ago to honour those outstanding ZL DXers who have excelled in our radio sport hobby over many years. The current panel of judges include Ken McCormack ZL1AIH, Duncan McMahon ZL3JT and Bill Carney ZL3NB They have been nominated to the panel for three years.
This year saw them perusing the long list of possibles from which the next three ZL DXers to be elected to the Hall of Fame have been chosen in it’s second year of operation. After much deliberation the judges were unanimous in their selection and have elected the next three ZL radio amateurs to the New Zealand DX Hall of Fame for 2010. Their individual citations are below.
Dave A. Johnston ZL1AMN
The election of Dave Johnston as the 4th inductee to the NZ DX Hall of Fame recognizes Dave’s extraordinary and unselfish contribution to the sport of Amateur Radio DXing in New Zealand. His DXpedition exploits around the Pacific over many decades as ZL1AA/K, ZK2DJ, A35DJ, 5W1CA are legendary and he has enabled a generation of amateur radio operators worldwide to obtain that elusive new country.
His personal achievement in the ARRL DXCC program with Honour Roll on Phone with 350 entities is outstanding. Dave’s contribution to DXing internationally has been immense by way of the ANZA Net anchor man for many years. Dave is the NZ co-coordinator for ITHE, the International Tour Host Exchange organisation which assists amateurs with accommodation when traveling around the World.
We wish Dave well in the future and hope that he will enjoy having the award plaque on his wall.
Aola B. Johnston ZL1ALE
The election of Aola Johnson ZL1ALE as the 5th inductee to the NZ DX
Hall of Fame recognizes Aola’s extraordinary and unselfish contribution
to the sport of Amateur Radio DXing in New Zealand. Aola’s DXpedition
exploits around the Pacific with her husband Dave over many decades has
enabled a generation of amateur radio operators worldwide to obtain that
elusive new country with a YL operator.
Aola has operated as A35YL, ZK2YL, 5W1BY and others. Her personal
achievement in the ARRL DXCC program is outstanding with 349 entities
credited. She is the only lady in New Zealand on the ARRL DXCC Honour Roll.
She is a member of WARO, CLARA, YLRL, ALARA, BYLARA, and YLISB.
We wish Aola well in the future and hope that she will enjoy having the
award plaque on her shack wall.
Dave Brown ZL1HY – (SK)
The posthumous election of Dave Brown ZL1HY as the 6th inductee to the NZ DX
Hall of Fame recognizes Dave’s amazing DXing achievements over many decades. His help and inspiration that he gave to other DXers has been immeasurable. His personal achievement in the ARRL DXCC program is legendary with DXCC No. 59 in September 1947. ZL1HY was the first Oceania station to achieve the TOP position in world DXing with 375 confirmed on phone in 1992. It was the first time this honour ever left America. His last QSO was in April 1992 He was an outstanding ZL radio amateur for decades.
This award honours Dave Brown’s wonderful DXing skills and will show how accomplished the great New Zealand DXer was.
We offer our heartiest congratulations to these three outstanding ZL radio amateurs who have been elected to the New Zealand DX Hall of Fame in 2010.
Thank you to Ken, Duncan and Bill for their work in selecting the inductees. I looked at the long list of ZL DXers that was initially drawn up and was amazed at the DXing abilities and history of these fine ZL DXers. It was a formidable job for the panel to reach a unanimous decision but the amateurs chosen are the cream of New Zealand Amateurs. I will be looking forward to the next three inductees in 2011.
73, Lee Jennings ZL2AL
New Zealand DX Hall of Fame Panel Convener
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